Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Tuesday, and asked the pontiff for prayers as the Middle Eastern country attempts to improve its relationship with the international community.
Rouhani had a private meeting with the pope during his four-day trip in Europe, which analysts say is meant to restore ties to western powers after economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted.
During his visit, Rouhani reportedly asked the pope to pray for him, adding that visiting the Catholic holy site was a "real pleasure." more >>
After 500 women were attacked in Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve, 40 percent of those being sexual assaults, one European expert suggests that while the refugee vetting system reveals the idea of a "Fortress Europe" is an illusion, this is no time for hysterics.
Stefani Weiss, director and expert on European politics at Bertelsmann Stiftung, an independent, nonprofit German foundation, told The Christian Post in a phone interview this week that Germany is facing significant challenges due to the ongoing refugee crisis, but said that with the help of other European States, the situation can still be stabilized.
"The important thing is not to become hysterical. As painful as the incident in Cologne is, this is not a picture of daily life and security in Germany," Weiss told CP. more >>
Pat Smith, mother of American 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack victim Sean Smith, called presumptive 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "a liar" this week after viewing the Benghazi-themed film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."
Smith, in an appearance on Fox News with Megyn Kelly this week, said she couldn't complete watching the film after seeing the portrayal of her deceased son in the movie.
"Hillary is a liar! I know what she told me," screamed Smith pointing to the Obama administration blaming a YouTube video for the controversial attack. more >>
A major debate between leading U.S. experts on refugee and migration issues, organized by the Intelligence Squared U.S. organization, produced drastically split results on the motion of whether the U.S. should let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees.
At the end of the event on Wednesday in New York, moderated by John Donvan of ABC News, viewers were asked to vote on who in their opinion won the debate. A first vote on the refugee question before the debate found that 52 percent of respondents were in favor of letting in 100,000 Syrian refugees, while 12 percent were against, and 36 percent were undecided.
Following the debate, the motion received even more support – 72 percent declared themselves in favor of more refugees, though the percentage against the motion also rose to 21, with only 8 percent undecided. more >>
A suicide bomber affiliated with the Islamic State killed at least 10 and injured 15 on Tuesday when he attacked a crowded tourist area in Istanbul, the Turkish government has confirmed.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed today that an IS militant, a Syrian national, carried out the attack in Istanbul's popular Sultanahmet district, a heavily-visited area by tourists due to its proximity to the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia.
Of the 10 killed in the Tuesday morning attack, nine have been identified as German tourists. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu contacted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to give his sympathies for the German lives lost. more >>
An ISIS document circulating online has advises their terrorist brothers in the Western world to pretend to be Christian to avoid detection by intelligence agencies.
The document, titled "Safety and Security guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen and small cells," was translated from Arabic to English from a series released by al-Fajr Media Centre a few years ago in Arabic, according a note from the translator.
"We present you this modest work for lone wolf Mujahideen and small cells of brothers who want to bring victory to this religion. … It was initially meant for Mujahideen groups (organizations) and not lone wolves, but we have tried to adapt it and pick what's important and leave what's not relevant for an individual Mujahid and small groups," explains the note from the translator. more >>