Pope Francis has said that he would "never close the door" on dialogue with terror group ISIS if there is any way it could end the suffering in the region. The pontiff was speaking to reporters on Tuesday following a speech at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and added that states striking back against terrorism can lead to loss of innocent life as well.
A United Nations terrorism expert said on Monday that the Islamic State terrorist group has made between $35 million and $45 million off of ransom payments in the past year alone, the Associated Press reports.
Ebola's American Victim Doctor Martin Maada Salia: I Strongly Believe My Dangerous Work Was God's Calling
"I see it as God's own desired framework for me," he said in a video posted by the United Methodist Church website. "I took this job not because I want to but I firmly believe that it was a calling and God wanted me to and that's why I strongly believe that the God who has brought me here will fix whatever comes my doorway"
The lawyer representing two Christian pastors and a deacon facing six years in prison in Iran for their faith has reportedly been denied access to his clients ahead of an appeal hearing.
The Islamic State terrorist organization now has at least 12 known military allies, operating in nine countries outside of Iraq and Syria, that have publicly pledged their allegiances to the caliphate of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Pastor Saeed Abedini's Fate Hangs in Balance After Iran Nuclear Negotiations Are Extended Past Deadline
The fate of Pastor Saeed Abedini continues hanging in the balance following the extension of negotiations between Iran and several nations, including the U.S., on a nuclear deal. The American Center for Law and Justice noted that Abedini has not been "completely abandoned" yet by the Obama administration, and it remains critical that Iran be pressured for his release.
45 Killed in Suicide Attack at Afghanistan Volleyball Game, Just Days After Decision to Extend US Troops' Stay
At least 45 people have been killed in a major suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan, where a bomber detonated his explosive vest in a crowd of spectators during a volleyball game on Sunday. The attack occurred days after President Barack Obama extended the combat role of American soldiers in Afghanistan into 2015.
A former Islamic State commander, currently locked away in a Baghdad prison, is now as a key informant for the Iraqi government and has provided crucial intelligence that has aided the liberation of strategic areas that were once under ISIS control.
Family of Pakistani Christian Couple Burned for Alleged Blasphemy: We Are Being Threatened, Bribed to End Investigation
Family members of the Pakistan Christian couple burned to death say they are being pressured to drop their calls for a criminal case and demand the government to protect them, in a recent press conference.
Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, the top ISIS leader in the terror group's Iraq stronghold of Mosul, has reportedly been killed by an airstrike, local sources said on Thursday.
For the first time since the Islamic State seized most of the Nineveh province in northern Iraq over the summer, a Christian mass was successfully held at a church in a small Iraqi village nearly 20 miles north of the ISIS stronghold of Mosul this past Sunday, Iraqi News reports indicate.
Students for Life Abortion Debate Shut Down at Oxford University Following Intimidation by Feminist Group
A planned abortion debate at Oxford University organized by a pro-life group was shut down this week following intimidation by members of the Student Union's Women's Campaign group. A barrister has accused the college of caving into "criminal intimidation" and not respecting free speech rights.
Fifth Person Dies in Jerusalem Synagogue Slayings That Killed 3 American Rabbis; Hamas Calls It Revenge Attack
An Israeli police officer has died from his injuries sustained in the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that also led to the deaths of three rabbis with dual American-Israeli citizenship, and one with British citizenship. Terrorist group Hamas has claimed that the attack was revenge for the killing of a Palestinian bus driver on Sunday night. An autopsy report reveals, however, that the bus driver committed suicide.
Christian Professor Arrested for Blasphemy in Pakistan, Charged With Same Offense as Mother-of-Five Asia Bibi
A 40-year-old Christian man was arrested for blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan, and has been charged with insulting the Prophet Mohammad, the same offense that Christian mother-of-five Asia Bibi is facing the death penalty for.
Twenty-three Christian families who were unable to flee the city of Raqqa in northern Syria, which terror group ISIS has made its stronghold, are reportedly facing Islamic fanaticism and a "protection tax" they will be forced to pay in order to keep their homes.
Euthanasia does not reflect dignity but is, in fact, a sin against God and creation and a "false sense of compassion," Pope Francis said Saturday, denouncing the right-to-die movement. The pontiff also rejected abortion, in vitro fertilization and embryonic stem cell research.
British Survey Finds the Bible Is 'Most Valuable to Humanity;' Beating Out 'Origin of Species,' '1984'
The Bible has been crowned the book "most valuable to humanity," beating out Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and George Orwell's 1984.
ISIS Claims to Have Beheaded American Peter Kassig; Masked Man in Videos Reportedly Wounded in US Airstrikes
ISIS released a video Sunday of the beheading of who it claims is 26-year-old American aid worker Peter Kassig. While still authenticating the video, the White House and British Prime Minister David Cameron have quickly responded with statements condemning the gruesome murder.
Turkish President Erdogan Says Women and Men Are Not Equal at Women's Conference; Rights Groups Slam Remarks
Women's rights groups have slammed a recent speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said at a women's conference that women and men are not equal "because their nature is different."
Weapons recently supplied by the United States to Iraqi military forces and tribal militias are already ending up in the hands of Islamic State militants, Iraqi officers and lawmakers are claiming.
A 35-year-old Christian man was reportedly tortured and killed by police while in custody in Lahore, Pakistan. His family attempted to storm the policy station in protest, while an investigation has been launched into the incident.
Myles Munroe, Wife to Get Closed Casket National Memorial; Family Makes Decision After Viewing Remains From Crash
There will be no open casket viewing of the bodies of renowned pastor and motivational speaker Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, at a national memorial planned for the couple in the Bahamas next Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters marched in Madrid on Saturday, threatening to throw the Spanish government out of office in the elections next year unless it moves forward with legislation restricting the controversial practice.
At least 37 people have died as Islamic State militants and Iraqi and tribal forces have been involved in an intense battle near the main government complex in Anbar province's capital city of Ramadi since ISIS launched a massive offensive Friday.
ISIS Militant Who Sold Yazidi Girls as Sex Slaves Reportedly Killed in US Airstrike; Families Buying Back Girls
A militant of the Islamic State terror group who sold kidnapped Yazidi girls in a slave market in Syria has reportedly been killed along with 34 other ISIS fighters in a U.S.-led airstrike in Mosul in northern Iraq.
The Israeli army revealed on Friday that it has arrested four Palestinians believed to be Hamas fighters who were planning to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman using an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade).
Pope Francis plans to hold a raffle for all the gifts he has received since becoming the Bishop of Rome over the past year with proceeds going to charity.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth has warned in a rare social issues statement that the ongoing Ebola crisis could divert attention away from other killer diseases, and pave the way for the comeback of malaria.
A new United Nations report is warning that the Islamic State terrorist organization has stored up enough small arms, weapons and ammunition to allow the group to continue fighting its war for as long as two more years even if the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes continue to take out ISIS' heavy weaponry and vehicles.
Russian President Putin Wants Closer Ties With Kim Jong Un; North Korean Leader Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled Wednesday that he wants to establish closer ties with North Korea in hopes of improving regional security. Leader Kim Jong Un, meanwhile, is facing a new U.N. resolution accusing his administration of crimes against humanity.
The bodies of renowned evangelical pastor and motivational speaker, Myles Munroe, his wife, Ruth, and three of seven other persons who died with them in a fiery jet crash in Freeport, Bahamas, two Sundays ago were returned home to family and friends in the island's capital of New Providence Monday in preparation for multiple memorials in upcoming weeks.