Violence Wrought by ISIS-Linked Militants in Philippines Leads to Death and Abduction of Christians, Reports Say
More than 170 have been killed, including Christians, in attacks carried out by extremist militants that have allied themselves with the Islamic State (IS) in a majority-Muslim island in the Philippines, since May 23, according to reports.
At least 28 Coptic Christians and dozens more were injured when multiple gunmen attacked them on their way to a monastery on Friday. According to reports, eight to 10 gunmen stopped the bus in which the Coptic Christians were traveling, and forced the passengers to recite the ‘shahada,’ a declaration of the Islamic faith.
Two Christians, including one pastor, who were imprisoned in Sudan since 2015 have been released by a presidential pardon on Thursday.
Basuki “Ahok” Purnama, the incumbent Christian and ethnic Chinese governor of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, was found guilty of committing blasphemy by an Indonesian Court on Tuesday, May 9, raising concerns about religious freedom in the country.
The extremist group Boko Haram has released 82 school girls who have been captive for more than three years, Nigerian officials said on Saturday.
Just over two weeks after Korean American Tony Kim was detained in North Korea, the Kim regime has detained yet another Korean American, named Kim Hak-Song.
For the first time, Russia has been included in a list of countries noted for the most severe persecution against religious minorities compiled by a religious freedom commission in the U.S.
As the 14th annual North Korea Freedom Week has been taking place in Washington, D.C., a ‘World Congress of North Korean Defectors’ convened at the National Press Club on April 27, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, during which speakers agreed that consistently inputting information into North Korea is the most effective path toward freedom in North Korea and a peaceful reunification in the Korean peninsula.
The first Christian governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta conceded his loss to re-election after a majority of the votes were counted on April 19, which showed he was at least 10 percentage points behind his rival.
A Korean American professor has been arrested and detained in North Korea, the Swedish Embassy in the reclusive country confirmed on Sunday.
Russia has effectively banned Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country after a Supreme Court ruling was issued deeming the religious group as “extremist.”
At least one police officer was killed and four more were injured in a gunfire attack that occurred on Tuesday at a security checkpoint located near St. Catherine’s Monastery in southern Sinai.
Three Years Since Kidnapping, Parents of Missing Chibok Girls Continue to Pray and Long for Their Daughters’ Return
April 14 marked the third year since 276 school girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Since then, many girls have escaped or been rescued, yet 195 still remain missing.
Dozens were killed and more than 100 were injured in two separate bombing incidents that occurred in Coptic churches on Palm Sunday.
A site which is believed by some religious traditions to have contained the body of Jesus after his crucifixion has been repaired and restored after decades of disrepair, a restoration project team announced on Monday.