A Russian nanny who beheaded a four-year-old girl and afterwards marched in the street carrying her severed head while chanting "Allahu Akbar!" admits that she was inspired by the Islamic State's publicized execution videos.
In late February, The Daily Mail reported that online videos captured footage of a burka-wearing nanny in Moscow walking in the street while holding up a severed head of a little girl. As the woman approached a public transit station, she threatened to blow herself up. As she neared the station, she chanted "Allahu Akbar," a phrase shouted by many Islamic extremists that means "God is greater."
The deceased child was identified as Anastasia Meshcheryakova, who was believed to have learning disabilities and leaves behind her mother and father. The woman, who was identified as 38-year-old Gyulchehra Bobokulova and from Uzbekistan, also set the child's home on fire after killing her. more >>
Christian Hollywood actress and film producer Roma Downey has called out Sec. of State John Kerry on Twitter, telling him to listen to the national and international consensus and call the Islamic State's atrocities against Christians a "genocide."
Downey tweeted Monday night after the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling IS' persecution of Christians and other religious minorities a "genocide" and urged the U.S. State Department to do the same.
Although the European Union, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Pope Francis, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and others have found ample reason to call it genocide, the White House and State Department have so far declined to give the situation a "genocide" designation. more >>
Radical Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have killed close to 500 predominantly Christian farmers in Benue state in central Nigeria in a series of attacks over the last month, and are reportedly still hiding out among villagers, making survivors too afraid to return and bury the dead.
"In the last three weeks, Aku, Odugbeho, Aila, Okokolo and Ikobi have been utterly destroyed and over 300 people have been killed," Steven Enada, a development advocate campaigning against the killing of the Agatu people, told Morning Star News.
"We have corpses littered in the field like a war fought in the Roman Empire by Emperor Nero," he added, with survivors too afraid to return to bury the dead. more >>
The Pakistani Parliament has finally passed legislation that criminalizes sexual assault of children, child trafficking and child pornagraphy, although Christian rights activist are skeptical that such a law will protect Christian girls from being kidnapped and raped by Muslim men.
The upper house of Pakistan's national legislative body approved a measure last Friday that will make any sexual assault against minors punishable by up to seven years in jail, several Pakistani news outlets have reported.
The legislation also makes the crime of child pornagraphy punishable with a fine of up to about $7,000 and up to seven years in jail. Additionally, the measure makes all child trafficking in Pakistan a crime. Previously, sex traffickers were only prosecuted if they removed the child from the country. more >>
Muslim parents in eastern Uganda burned down their son's home after learning that he left Islam to give his life to Jesus Christ, a leading Christian persecution watchdog group has reported.
After Mohammed Nsera, a Nigerian teen who lives in the predominantly Christian village of Katende, Uganda, graduated from high school last year, his Muslim parents kindly built him a small house on the family's property as a graduation present.
According to Morning Star News, Nsera gave his life to Christ on Jan. 3 after he heard about the power of Christ's salvation at an evangelistic event and later had a dream in which Jesus appeared to him. The news of Nsera's conversion drew the ire of his parents, uncle and six siblings. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Saeed Abedini, the Christian pastor who spent years in prison for his faith in Iran, has said that her husband continues to refuse to join her in getting counseling for the abuse that she says has been going on in their marriage.
"At this point Saeed has not been willing to join me in getting counseling on the abuse which has been a big part of our life together. Once the abuse has been addressed, then that will open the way for us to get marriage counseling on the more common marital issues," Naghmeh wrote in an update on Facebook on Monday.
"I hope that Saeed can address the abuse as soon as possible so that our family can move towards reconciliation and healing. With birthdays and holidays coming up and for the sake of our children, no one longs for reconciliation for our family more than me," she continued. more >>