Battle to Rid Mosul of ISIS Resumes

Battle to Rid Mosul of ISIS Resumes

(Los Angeles Times) — Iraqi security forces launched the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State in the key city of Mosul on Thursday, advancing into the city with U.S. forces embedded closer to the front line than in the past. While Iraqi counterterrorism and army units pushed forward from the north and east […]

Survey Finds Professing Christians Apathetic Toward Plight of Syrian Refugees

Survey Finds Professing Christians Apathetic Toward Plight of Syrian Refugees

Syria (Mission Network News) — While the conflict in Syria intensifies, it seems as if Americans—specifically Christians—are only becoming more apathetic. According to a survey by World Vision, 38 percent of those who described themselves as committed Christians had taken action for refugees in the past two years—a six percent drop from 2015. In 2015, […]

Germany to Exhibit Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

Germany to Exhibit Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

(Evangelical Focus) — Coinciding with the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, the State Library of the German city of Berlin will exhibit three of the seven original prints of Martin Luther’s 95 theses that are still preserved. Published in 1517, they laid the theological foundations for one of the most important political, […]

Argentina Investigates Alleged Sex Abuse at Catholic School

Argentina Investigates Alleged Sex Abuse at Catholic School

(Associated Press) — The children told prosecutors the two Roman Catholic priests repeatedly raped them by an image of the Virgin Mary inside the small school chapel in remote northwestern Argentina. Only their tormentors would have heard their cries because the other children at the school were deaf. The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at […]

North Ireland Bakers Fined for Declining ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake to Appeal to UK Supreme Court

North Ireland Bakers Fined for Declining ‘Support Gay Marriage’ Cake to Appeal to UK Supreme Court

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland state that they plan to appeal to the U.K. Supreme Court a lower court ruling declaring them guilty of discrimination for declining to print the phrase “Support Gay Marriage” on a cake. “The Ashers Baking Company has confirmed that it plans to launch […]

Authorities Foil Suspected Islamist Terror Attack in Australia

Authorities Foil Suspected Islamist Terror Attack in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (Morning Star News) – Police in Australia on Friday arrested seven suspected Islamic terrorists after thwarting a planned bomb attack on three sites in Melbourne, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Some 400 heavily-armed police raided homes in five of Melbourne’s northwestern suburbs. The raids reportedly culminated weeks of intensive investigations and monitoring by Victoria Police, Australian […]

Germany Seeks Tunisian Tied to Berlin Market Attack

Germany Seeks Tunisian Tied to Berlin Market Attack

BERLIN (New York Times) — Investigators undertook a Europe-wide manhunt on Wednesday for a young Tunisian ex-convict with multiple aliases who had been denied asylum in Germany and was considered a security risk, linking him to a deadly truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market. The attack on Monday killed 12 people and wounded 48 […]

Faithfulness in Marriage Is ‘Outdated,’ Claim Italian Lawmakers

Faithfulness in Marriage Is ‘Outdated,’ Claim Italian Lawmakers

(Christian Institute) — Promising to remain faithful will no longer be a legal requirement for marriages in Italy, if a controversial new bill is passed. Supporters of the bill to remove the word “fidelity” from marriage contracts, claim that faithfulness in marriage is “outdated and obsolete.” The proposal has already been backed by the Italian […]