Boston marathon bomber Dzokhkar Tsarnaev broke his silence and offered prayers and an apology to his victims just moments before receiving the death sentence on Wednesday. Many of the victims and their family members, however, were not moved to forgive Tsarnaev after hearing him speak for the first time.
In his first public statement during the months-long trial, the convicted Tsarnaev apologized for the pain, suffering, and "irreparable damage" he caused to the victims and loved ones of those he conspired to kill on April 13, 2013. Following the unexpected apology, Boston bombing survivors said during a press conference that Tsarnaev lacked empathy, with one even describing the convicted terrorist's speech as "Oscar-worthy."
"I regret having ever wanted to hear him speak because what he said showed no remorse, no regret, and no empathy for what he's done to our lives," said Lynn Julian who lives one block from the Boston Marathon finish line where two bombs detonated. more >>
Terror group ISIS has released a 7-minute long video in which jihadists are seen executing prisoners in a number of different ways, with one group locked inside a cage and drowned in a swimming pool. ISIS has also reportedly attacked the Syrian city of Kobane again, killing 50 people in the area.
ISIS, which is famous for its beheading videos, this time recorded a group of five men in orange jumpsuits being slowly lowered by a crane in what looks like a swimming pool. Underwater cameras show the ordeal in full, with the helpless men unable to find a way out.
The terror group had forced confessions from the victims, getting them to admit that they are spies for the Iraqi government. more >>
As Christian mother of five Asia Bibi marks her sixth year in prison in Pakistan, placed on death row for blasphemy charges, a U.K. Christian group reports that some attempts are being made to reform sections of the country's controversial blasphemy laws that punish religious minorities. The group also believes that Britain and the U.S. must rethink the way they provide financial aid to Pakistan if they want to see reforms in the country.
"The proposed changes will ostensibly make it more difficult for blasphemy charges to be laid, focusing on proving that any blasphemy was intentional under a legal concept termed Mens Rea translated as 'guilty mind,'" Wilson Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, told The Christian Post on Wednesday.
"However the large number of extra-judicial killings and insouciance from local police to get involved in blasphemy charges or a pattern of local police authorities cowing under pressure from mobs led by local imams, suggest this law change will have little effect." more >>
As the Islamic State continues to recruit and train children to become the next generation of jihadi fighters in the terror group's militant ranks, ISIS has allegedly kidnapped over 1,200 children from northern Iraq in recent weeks and has shipped them off to a jihadi training facility in Mosul.
Iraq's al-Sumaria satellite TV network reported on Monday that the Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman in Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini, stated that ISIS recently kidnapped at least 1,227 children from various neighborhoods in Mosul, the city that has been the group's Iraqi stronghold since it seized the town in June 2014.
Mamouzini warned that ISIS has taken the abducted children to one of its "Cubs of the Caliphate" jihad indoctrination training camps on the eastern outskirts of the city, where ISIS often brainwashes children with its extremist theology and trains them to carry out terror and suicide attacks. more >>
As a way of celebrating the the month-long Islamic festival of Ramadan, the Islamic State terrorist organization is holding a seven-day Quran memorization contest in which the top three competitors will receive a sex slave as their grand prizes.
ISIS' fliers, believed to have been circulated around the Hasakah province of Syria, now renamed Barakah, were posted to social media outlets last Friday advertising the contest.
According to a tweet from Rita Katz, director of one of the leading counter-terror monitoring organizations SITE Intelligence Group, the advertisement states that the top winners of the Quran memorization contest will receive female slaves as a reward for their Quranic knowledge. more >>
A British preacher from Belfast who's facing prosecution for calling Islam "satanic" and "spawn of the devil" has said that he's willing to go to jail if it's necessary. Other British churches have meanwhile also expressed concerns they might be targeted for their beliefs.
Pastor James McConnell of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in north Belfast has said that he will plead not guilty to the charge of making a "grossly offensive" statement for his comments in 2014 which were broadcasted online.