Thousands of Christians are fleeing northern Iraq and communities they have lived in for almost 2,000 years following militant group ISIS' ultimatum last week that they convert to Islam, pay a tax, or be killed for their faith.
Russian markets are plunging and its economic growth prospects are looking grim in the face of new sanctions by the United States and the European Union over the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 allegedly by Russia assisted separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Christian missionaries in Ukraine have said that churches are crying and praying for an end to the violence, following the Malaysian Airlines disaster last week that killed all 298 people on board. Meanwhile, Dutch families are showing anger over what they say is improper treatment of the bodies of their loved ones at the crash site.
Grieving Mother Begs Putin to 'Send My Children Home' as Pro-Russian Rebels Take 200 Bodies From Flight MH17 Crash Site
A grief-stricken Dutch mother whose son and his girlfriend were among the 298 victims who died after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down from the sky in eastern Ukraine last Thursday, became the face of Netherland's grief Sunday when she publicly pleaded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to "send my children home".
60 Dead in Israel's 'Heaviest' Shelling on Gaza; Israel's Fiercest Attack Since 1967 Mideast Conflict
At least 60 Palestinians were killed and hundreds others were wounded Sunday as Israel shelled a Gaza neighborhood, causing thousands to flee. It is being seen as Israel's fiercest attack since the 1967 Middle East war.
100 AIDS Researchers, Workers, Including Pioneer Joep Lange, Killed on Flight MH17 En Route to Conference in Australia
Participants at an international AIDS conference set to begin in Australia Sunday plunged into mourning early Friday morning after learning that 100 AIDS medical researchers and workers including former International AIDS Society President Joep Lange, died en route to the conference on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which crashed in eastern Ukraine Thursday.
Israeli ground forces have moved in on the Gaza strip with a mission to take down terrorist tunnels and other targets, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing on Friday that the military is preparing for a "significant expansion" of its ground operation against militant group Hamas.
Officials Say Malaysia Flight MH17 Was Shot Down With Russian-Made Missile; Recordings Suggest Hit May Have Been Awful Mistake
American and Ukrainian officials said the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that exploded and crashed Thursday in a conflict-torn section of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists, was shot down with a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile and new data suggests the incident could have been an awful mistake.
The government of Sudan has reaffirmed that it is banning the construction of all new Christian churches in the Muslim-dominated country, prompting "deep concern" from a persecution watchdog group.
'I Briefly Tried to Commit Suicide,' Says Stephen Hawking as UK Seeks to Legalize Suicide; Church Calls Move 'Grave Error'
Famed Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking, 72, recently confessed that he "briefly tried to commit suicide" and said denying an individual who is in great pain and facing imminent death the right to commit suicide is "discrimination."
Catholic Leaders Criticize Church of England's Acceptance of Women Bishops, Call It 'Obstacle' to Christian Unity
Roman Catholic Church leaders have criticized the Church of England's historic vote to allow women to serve as bishops earlier this week, arguing that such a move is an "obstacle" to Christian unity.
Pope Francis recently spoke on the topic of immigration at a conference in Mexico City, arguing that immigrant children crossing the U.S. border should be "welcomed and protected."
Several family members of a prominent Chinese pastor who was sentenced to 12 years in prison last month have eluded state authorities and safely made their way to the United States, China Aid has confirmed.
New York City pastor William Devlin has traveled to Khartoum in Sudan where he has met Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim and offered to help bring and take care of her and her family in the United States.
Over 100 people, including women and children, were killed on Sunday in the bloodiest day since the conflict between Israel and militant group Hamas began two weeks ago. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Hamas for putting Palestinian civilians in the crossfire and using them as human shields, with the overall death toll reaching close to 500.
1 American, 192 Dutch, 44 Malaysian, 27 Australian; Read the Complete List of the 298 Killed on Flight MH17
Malaysia Airlines released its complete passenger manifest from the doomed Flight MH17 Saturday identifying the 298 people from 11 countries who were on board when it exploded and crashed after it was shot down from the air in eastern Ukraine last Thursday.
Iraq could break apart into three separate states in response to the extremist Islamic group ISIS, which declared an "Islamic state" in Iraq and Syria, a Kurdish government official predicts.
Meriam Ibrahim's Islamic Relatives Drop Lawsuit Against Christian Mother; Could Allow Family to Leave for US
The lawsuit brought by Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim's Islamic relatives in Sudan has been dropped, a lawyer working on the case said, which could open the way for Ibrahim and her family to soon travel to the United States.
Ebola Virus Death Toll Reaches Over 600 in Deadliest Outbreak in History; Doctors Fighting Rumors, Hostility
As the death toll from the deadliest outbreak of Ebola outbreak in history reached 603 earlier this week in West Africa, the World Health Organization said that workers are also fighting rumors and hostility, which is making it difficult to access threatened communities.
Pro-Traditional Marriage Christian Promoted to UK's Education Secretary, Keeps Role as Equalities Minister
A prominent Church of England member and conservative politician who voted in support of traditional marriage has been promoted to the U.K.'s Education Secretary position, and has been kept in charge as minister for women and equalities.
Gunmen wearing camouflage recently stormed two apartment buildings in Baghdad, Iraq, slaughtering 29 people, the majority of whom were prostitutes working in a brothel.
The General Synod of the Church of England voted in favor of approving women bishops for the first time in its history on Monday, receiving the required two-thirds majority. While many Anglican leaders have praised the significant move, they and others have warned that the theological debate on women's place in the Church will continue.
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has vowed to continue fighting for the safe release of the 219 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April.