The U.S. military has airdropped weapons, medical supplies and other aid on Sunday to Kurdish forces in their fight against terror group ISIS over the Syrian border town of Kobane, despite protests from Turkey. ISIS has reportedly suffered heavy losses in the battle, with at least 70 bodies of its fighters dropped off at a Syrian hospital in the past week.
Catholic Bishops at Synod on Family Rejects Gay-Friendly Policy Change; Undecided on Cohabitating and Remarried Members
A two-week summit of Catholic bishops ended Saturday without a two-thirds consensus on even a revised and watered-down section on acceptance of gays and lesbians. Nor could the bishops decide whether divorced and remarried Catholics should receive Holy Communion.
The death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, was upheld by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. Bibi has been convicted of blasphemy for drinking from the same bowl of water as Muslims and making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad.
Anglican Archbishop Welby Admits Force May Be Only Way to Defeat ISIS and Save Christians; Urges Religious Leaders to Oppose Extremism
Archbishop of Canterbury and Church of England leader the Most Rev. Justin Welby has shared his views on the global war against terror group ISIS, and admitted that there may be no other choice but to use force to protect people under attack. He also called on religious leaders to stand up against religious extremism that seeks to justify violence.
'White Shroud' Guerrilla Group Claims to Kill 100 ISIS Militants; Islamic State Fighters Hunted by Syrian Rebels
Militants in the Islamic State terrorist group now have more to worry about than U.S.-led airstrikes and the Kurdish peshmerga fighters. An increase in guerrilla attacks on ISIS militants conducted by multiple Syrian rebel combat groups suggests the emergence of a guerrilla campaign in one of ISIS' most prominent strongholds in eastern Syria.
Escaped ISIS Captive: ISIS Showed Me Videos of My Neighbors' Beheadings, Put Lifeless Heads in Cooking Pots; Many Times I Thought of Suicide
Testimonies from two Yazidi female teenagers who have escaped from the tight grip of the Islamic State detail their horrific experiences as ISIS captives. One of the girls, like many other ISIS captives, contemplated suicide before her eventual escape.
Armenian and Syrian Orthodox Patriarchs Ask Christians to Remember the 1915 Genocide as Centennial Nears
The primates of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Syrian Orthodox Church have urged Christians around the world to remember and reflect on the 1915 genocide of Armenians and Syriac Christians in Turkey, where up to 2 million people were killed or disappeared without a trace.
The leader of the Anglican Church of Hong Kong has issued a statement calling for "dialogue" between pro-democracy protestors and government officials.
The World Health Organization has said that mortality rates from the deadly Ebola outbreak spreading throughout West Africa have gone up to 70 percent, and there could be as many as 10,000 new cases recorded per week by the end of the year. President Barack Obama has warned that the world is "not doing enough" in terms of a response.
ISIS Militants Fear Being Killed by Woman and Losing 72 Virgins for Martyrdom; Kurdish Co-Commander Defending Kobane Is Female
As it is believed that many jihadists fear that being killed by a woman would cost them their promised "paradise" in the afterlife, it is worth noting that a Kurdish female is one of two commanders leading the resistance against the Islamic State's quest to capture the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane.
The Islamic State terrorist group has released a new propaganda video that details their unusual military training tactics and their modes of spiritual training as they prepare recruits from all over the world to take on the challenges of jihad in Iraq and Syria.
Kurdish fighters have reportedly recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane in their fight against terror group ISIS. The major battle over the Syria-Turkey border town has raged on for well over a week.
ISIS Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens in Iraq; Kurdish Fighters Halt Militants' Advance in Kobani in Syria
At least 58 people were killed in three suicide bombings allegedly carried out by foreign recruits of ISIS in Iraq's Diyala province Sunday, even as Kurdish fighters in Syria were reportedly able to stop the advance of Islamic State militants in the border town of Kobani.
Report: Islamic State Sells Yazidi Girls for $1,000, Yazidi Boys Forced to Train to Become ISIS Militants
A new report released Sunday provides more details on how Islamic State militants are inhumanly treating their captives of religious minority groups, more specifically the Yazidis. The report finds that militants are forcing preteens, teenagers and grown women into forced marriages and sex slavery, while forcing detained Yazidi men to convert to Islam and young Yazidi boys to train to become ISIS fighters.
Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the life of British aid worker Alan Henning in a multi-faith ceremony in Manchester on Sunday. Henning, who was beheaded by terror group ISIS earlier in October, was remembered as a "hero" who "put the needs of others before his own."
Chinese Communist Gov't 'Many Times More Dangerous' Than ISIS, Says Blind Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng
The Chinese Communist Party, which has maintained its rule over the people of China for over 60 years, is more dangerous than terrorist groups such as ISIS, well-known blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng implied on Thursday.
Pope Francis beatified the late Pope Paul VI at the Closing Mass for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family on Sunday, describing him as a "courageous Christian" and a "tireless apostle." Paul VI, who was known for affirming the Roman Catholic Church's stance against contraception, has been credited for a miracle in California where he is said to have helped in the birth of an unborn child.
A Syrian opposition group said the bodies of at least 70 fighters from Islamic State have been dumped at a hospital in a northern Syrian town, not too far from the border town of Kobani, where the U.S. military Sunday dropped arms and supplies to Kurdish forces fighting ISIS to prevent its capture.
Pakistan's Supreme Court Urged to Expedite Asia Bibi Hearing After Her Death Sentence for Blasphemy Upheld
The U.K.-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide has called on Pakistan's Supreme Court to be prompt in hearing the appeal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children whose death sentence for "blasphemy" was upheld by the Lahore High Court this week.
A watchdog group as well as the Syrian opposition have said fighters from the ISIS terror group are being trained to fly warplanes by former Iraqi military officers, raising fears that militants could be preparing to attack coalition aircraft.
Vatican Astronomer Says Young Earth Theory Is 'Almost Blasphemous,' Argues Bible Should Not Be Used as Science Book
Brother Guy Consolmagno, astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, has said that he finds Young Earth Creation theories that run contrary to science "almost blasphemous" in nature. He also argued that the Bible should not be used as a science book.
Pictures acquired by the Middle East Review of International Affairs provides visual evidence that the Islamic State terrorist group may have already used Saddam Hussein's leftover chemical weapons on Kurdish fighters.
Atheist intellectual and author Richard Dawkins is defending his controversial remarks on Twitter saying that 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai might leave her religion as she gets older.
A Roman Catholic Archbishop in Ukraine has said that the nation "cannot be killed, not even with Russian tanks," referring to the ongoing war, while speaking at the Synod of Bishops on the family taking place at the Vatican. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk also discussed the crucial role of the Catholic family in protecting human rights.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly reappeared in public photos published by North Korean state media in an attempt to halt rumors regarding his whereabouts. Kim, who hadn't been seen in over a month and missed several important public dates, appeared to be walking with the aid of a cane in the new images.
Liberian Health Workers Strike Over Ebola Crisis; WHO Calls Outbreak 'Most Severe Health Emergency in Modern Times'
A number of nurses and medical professionals in Liberia went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and safer working conditions in the fight against Ebola. The World Health Organization, meanwhile, called the outbreak "the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times."
In its English propaganda publication, the Sunni terror group Islamic State, or ISIS, has sought to justify its barbarity, saying it is "Islamic" to capture and forcibly make "infidel" women sexual slaves.
Pastor Ji-Il Bang, the oldest Christian pastor in South Korea, died on Friday. He was 103. Pastors and religious leaders from around the world mourned the long-time pastor's death in Seoul.
Christian pastor Rotimi Obajimi has escaped from terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria after nearly 10 months in captivity and has been brought back to his church, reports said.