Somalia-based al-Shabaab is now the deadliest terror group in Africa, more dangerous than Nigeria-based Book Haram, according to data collected by Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset and analyzed by Africa Center for Strategic Studies.
Kong Hee, founder and senior pastor of Singapore's City Harvest Church, one of the nation's largest megachurches, and five other individuals associated with it and convicted of misusing millions in church funds, have been permanently barred by authorities from having administrative control of any charity. The church, however, says they will continue to "perform their religious duties."
Troops in the Philippines have found the bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians outside a besieged city as fighting between the military and an Islamic State-linked group carries on in the south. About 100 people have been killed so far in the last six days.
Islamic State sympathizers have written several messages in an encrypted chat room, celebrating last week's killing of 29 Coptic Christians who were on their way to a monastery in Egypt, and warning of more such attacks on the minority, according to a report.
Americans fall into five dominant faith segments, says Barna, which set out to find what people in these categories believe about some of the most contentious political and spiritual issues of the day.
A leader of the Church of Scotland, who convenes the church's Theological Forum, told the General Assembly there is no theological reason to oppose same-sex marriages in the Church as he presented a report that proposes the governing body approve a detailed study of how such ceremonies could be allowed.
British intelligence officers said Saturday that the U.K. is home to 23,000 jihadist extremists who are potential attackers, even as police released a photograph of Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people in a suicide bomb attack in Manchester.
Pastor Greg Laurie of California megachurch Harvest Fellowship spoke to his congregation about how not to be born again, answering the question that if one doesn't become a Christian by birth, merit or ceremonial traditions, then how one can start a personal relationship with Jesus.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota mother against her teenage child along with school officials and healthcare providers on the grounds that they violated her parental rights by treating her son with a hormone therapy to start transitioning into a girl even though he hadn't been granted court approval to be legally emancipated from his parents.
As the death toll in the attack by gunmen on a group of Coptic Christians who were on their way to a monastery south of Cairo rose to 29 Saturday, Egypt responded by launching airstrikes on "terror camps" in Libya. U.S. President Donald Trump also vowed to crush "evil organizations of terror."
An 18-year-old student has been removed from her student council position because she is pregnant and her Christian school in Maryland says she will also be barred from walking in graduation with her classmates next month. A pro-life group, which is fighting for her, says the school must not punish her for deciding to keep the baby.
Using pen names, two authors managed to publish a 3,000-word hoax paper in a peer-reviewed gender studies journal, Cogent Social Sciences. The paper talks about "conceptual penis," which the authors "argue," is behind many of the world's problems, including climate change.
In his commencement speech at at the University of Notre Dame on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence spoke against "safe zones" on campuses and said "the suppression of freedom of speech" is "wholly outside the American tradition." A group of graduating students walked out in protest.
Hindu nationalists in southern India burned down a church and the home of its pastor after some high "caste" Hindus converted to Christianity and joined the church.
Verbal fights on the Internet are common, be it comment sections or social media posts. Do Christians also fight online? Does one denomination argue more than the others? And why? To answer these questions, the Barna Group conducted a survey, and here's what it discovered.
About 200 Christian families in Iraq have filed a lawsuit against the head of the country's Shia Endowment for inciting sectarian violence against the Christian minority by saying in a video that Christians should be converted to Islam or killed.
In his commencement remarks at Grove City College in Pennsylvania Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence called President Trump an "example of leadership and perseverance," and said he is proud to be a "vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of life and all the God-given liberties."
Anglicanism in Britain is beginning to see an upward trend due to a resurgence in patriotism and pride in Christianity, a new report says.
A Christian man in Pakistan, who borrowed money from the owner of a brick kiln and in return agreed to work as a bonded laborer for one year, has been kidnapped and tortured by the owner despite having fulfilled his contract. The owner is now demanding ransom for his release, as police refuse to take action.
A week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order defending religious liberty, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue issued a new policy statement to reestablish the "Department's commitment to safeguarding every American's First Amendment rights, particularly the right to free speech and the right to free religious exercise."
Homeschooling parents and leaders of groups defending family freedoms will gather at the Cuban Embassy on Wednesday to protest a recent Cuban court's decision to imprison Cuban Pastor Ramón Rigal and place his wife, Adya, under house arrest because they started homeschooling their two children.
Delivering the commencement address at Liberty University Saturday, President Donald Trump told the graduating class that "in America, we don't worship government, we worship God," and promised to protect their religious freedom.
Massive rallies are being held across Indonesia since the conviction and arrest of the governor of the capital Jakarta, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who was convicted of "blasphemy." About 9,000 Indonesians have submitted their national identity cards to serve as the guarantor for the Christian official's bail, according to local media.
While Christians are returning to their homes after the liberation of cities from the Islamic State terror group in some countries in the Middle East, Christians are still fleeing en masse elsewhere in the region as the governments there fail to provide security to the minority community.
On his first international trip next month, President Donald Trump will "broadcast a message of unity … to the faithful of three of the world's greatest religions" and seek to strengthen American alliances, U.S. national security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster said Friday.