A suicide bomber blast that killed 14 people while they watched the World Cup in Nigeria's northeastern region on Tuesday night is being blamed on members of Boko Haram, local police say.
Those who witnessed Tuesday night's attack say a tricycle taxi, equipped with an explosive device, was driven into the outdoor area of a sports bar venue in the northeastern town of Damaturu on Tuesday night, shortly after the World Cup match between Brazil and Mexico had begun.
The explosive device was then detonated, killing seven at the viewing venue, while another seven died later at the main hospital in Damaturu, capital of the Yobe state. Although Boko Haram has not taken responsibility for Tuesday night's attack, many locals are blaming the Islamic militant group for the bombing, as the terrorist organization has previously targeted venues where sports are being viewed. more >>
Dr. David Curry is the CEO of Open Doors USA, an organization which advocates for persecuted Christians around the world. In part one of CP's interview with Curry, he discusses ISIS' surge in Iraq and its implications for Iraq's remaining 500,000 Christians and its effects on neighboring Syria. This is part two of the interview where he shares with The Christian Post why 2014 has generally been a more peaceful year for the Egyptian church than 2013. Curry had recently returned from Egypt.
CP: What's the situation like in 2014 for Egyptian Christians?
Curry: The situation has improved for Christians in Egypt. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson recently denounced the decision of former President George W. Bush to go to war in Iraq, linking it to the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle Eastern country.
On a Monday broadcast of "The 700 Club," the former Bush supporter was asked by a viewer during his "Bring It On" segment about the current situation in Iraq.
"George Bush went into Iraq with approval from Congress, but with disapproval of most other countries. We broke it, now it is our responsibility to fix it. Is there hope? How does this fit into the plans of Almighty God?" asked the viewer. more >>
Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers recently went on a sexual assault and rape spree in Egypt as a way of "getting even" with those women who dared to celebrate the presidential victory of Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi-the former army chief who overthrew Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt.
On June 8, when tens of thousands of Egyptians congregated in Tahrir Square to celebrate Sisi's inauguration, dozens of women were sexually assaulted and many more harassed. According to a statement later released by the Ministry of Interior, seven men between the ages of 15 and 49 were arrested for sexually assaulting "a number of women."
One 19-year-old female student was especially brutalized-and videotaped as she was stripped naked and sexually assaulted by a throng of men. (I saw the graphic video on YouTube, though it has since been removed; a much less graphic clip of the initial assault appears here.) A gun-waving police officer eventually managed to rescue the woman from her ordeal, though after sustaining injuries himself. more >>
Islamic militants killed at least 21 people in Baghdad and another Iraqi city on Tuesday in their offensive to capture the capital. Jihadists have also invaded Baiji, the country's largest oil refinery.
AFP News Agency reported that the violence came during a major offensive spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, which has already captured the city of Mosul and much of the Nineveh province.
A car bomb killed at least 11 people and wounded more than 20 in the predominantly-Shiite Muslim area of north Baghdad, while five more bombings killed a further six people and wounded 14, officials said. more >>
More than 550 Coptic Christian schoolgirls in Egypt have been kidnapped by Muslim men and forced to convert and marry their abductors during the last three years, according to the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (AVAFD).
"The world reacted in horror and revulsion at the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls in April," writes Mark Ellis of Godreports. "But twice as many Coptic Christian schoolgirls in Egypt have vanished slowly, one-by-one, in kidnappings that remain unsolved."
The kidnappings and captivity, occuring since January 2011 through March 2014, often include violence against the girls. For example, the traditional cross the Coptic minority tattoos on their wrists is erased with acid before these forced marriages, according to Terrasanta, a Catholic news service. more >>