• Appeals court vacates Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence, orders new penalty trial

    A federal appeals court ruled on Friday to vacate the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who along with his brother planted homemade bombs near the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three spectators. The court also ruled to set aside three of his 30 convictions but said he will... Read more
  • Return or Go Extinct: 5 Things That Must Change Now for Iraq’s Christians

    ERBIL, Iraq — A new report from Aid to the Church in Need  (ACN) is sounding the final warning bells for the world that Iraq’s Christians are continuing to leave in greater numbers than they are returning to their homeland on the Nineveh Plains in the aftermath of ISIS’... Read more
  • ‘Beyond reprehensible’: Christian aid workers executed in Nigeria

    The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a statement on Tuesday condemning the execution of five aid workers kidnapped by an Islamic extremist group. The aid workers were kidnapped last month and their killing was publicly announced last week by members of... Read more
  • Churches burned, people beheaded in Mozambique’s escalating extremist violence

    A Catholic bishop has deplored the world’s indifference to escalating extremist violence in northern Mozambique, where multiple churches have been burnt, people beheaded, young girls kidnapped, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence. Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of... Read more
  • 1,202 Nigerian Christians killed in first 6 months of 2020: NGO report

    A Nigerian civil society group estimates that 1,202 Christians have been killed in Nigeria in the first six months of 2020 by jihadists, radicalized herdsmen and others as 22 more Christians were reportedly killed in the Kaduna state last weekend.  As rights groups continue to voice... Read more
  • ‘Life after ISIS’: Christians are leaving Iraq due to ongoing security concerns

    More Christian families left the Nineveh Plains than returned to their hometowns last year amid ongoing security concerns in northern Iraq, according to a recently published report by Aid to the Church in Need.  The report, “Life after ISIS: New challenges to Christianity in... Read more
  • Attack on Nigerian village leaves 80 dead

    The militant group Boko Haram is believed to be behind a recent attack on a Nigerian village that left at least 81 people dead on Tuesday, June 9.  A survivor of the attack on the village of Faduma Kolomdi, located in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, according to local news... Read more
  • Christian Pastor and Pregnant Wife Killed in Nigeria

    A Christian pastor and his pregnant wife were killed on their farm in northeastern Nigeria last week, the latest victims in a series of abductions and killings of Christians in the country. Gunmen shot dead Pastor Emmanuel Saba Bileya and his wife, Julianna, on their farm in Taraba,... Read more
  • After abducting parish priest in Niger, jihadists return to remove cross

    A prominent cross was removed from a parish last month in Niger, West Africa, two years after the priest there was abducted by jihadists. The large iron cross was erected high on a hill in 1995, two miles from the village of Bomoanga, in the west of Niger. It had become an important... Read more
  • Afghan attack: Maternity ward death toll climbs to 24

    The number of people who were killed in a militant attack on a maternity ward in the Afghan capital has risen to 24. Mothers, newborn babies and nurses were among the victims. At least 16 people were injured, the health ministry said. Tuesday's attack in Kabul prompted widespread... Read more