WASHINGTON (Morning Star News) – The same day Islamic extremists from the Nigerian rebel Boko Haram abducted a French priest in Cameroon, Nov. 13, the U.S. State Department designated the group a terrorist organization. After more than a decade of increasingly sophisticated violence by Boko Haram, the designation of it and its sister organization, Ansura, as [...]
Terrorist group likely abducted French priest in Cameroon for helping Nigerian refugees.
Two children killed.
JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In what Christians see as a government effort to rid the country of Christianity and ethnic Nuba people, the Sudanese Air Force has stepped up bombings of civilians in South Kordofan in the past two months, including an attack on Nov. 17 that killed two children. Sudan dropped two [...]
Human rights journalist addresses conference on persecution in the Middle East.
(Morning Star News) – Remarks today by award-winning Swedish-Assyrian journalist Nuri Kino at a conference on persecution of Christians in the Middle East in Brussels, sponsored by the Middle East Christian Committee, as reported by the Assyrian International News Agency: My name is Nuri Kino; I’m a researcher, an author, a filmmaker, a human rights [...]
Archbishop calls Islamist rebel attack the war's largest massacre.
(Morning Star News) – Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh called it “the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half.” The Oct. 21 Islamist rebel siege of Sadad, a small town of 15,000 mostly Syriac Orthodox Christians 160 kilometers (95 miles) north of Damascus, left 45 [...]
Jabhat al-Nusra militants have history of beheadings and destruction of churches.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Syrian government soldiers have retaken the ancient Christian town of Sadad from Jihadi rebels, accoding to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reports JNS.org. Residents from Sadad reported that rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization have retreated from the town after heavy fighting with the Syrian army. The Associated Press [...]
Arabic word pre-dating Islam common in Malay-language Bibles.
(Morning Star News) – The ruling today by an appeals court in Malaysia to ban non-Muslims from using the word Allah to refer to God is shocking but not surprising. Borrowed from the Arabic like other words in the Malay language, Allah is the common word for God in Malay Bibles. The word predates Islam, [...]
Banned ‘Shouters’ sentenced beyond legal limit.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Local officials in China’s Inner Mongolia region are blocking three Christians convicted as “cult” members from appealing prison terms that exceed the legal limit, according to advocacy organization China Aid Association. The Yuquan District People’s Court in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia, convicted Hu Gong, Wen Weihong and Liu Aiying [...]
Shining light amid vast darkness.
Today, Sept. 30, marks one year since Morning Star News began distributing news of Christians persecuted for their faith. We had planned to debut the only independent news service exclusively covering persecution of Christians on Oct. 1, 2012, but when a grenade blast at a church in Nairobi, Kenya killed a 9-year-old boy and injured [...]
Car-bombings, executions continue in two countries as doubts linger about end of siege in Nairobi.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Amid the wave of Islamic extremist bombings that have taken place in Iraq in the past week, one aimed at a Christian member of Parliament went largely unnoticed. Catholic news agency Fides News Agency (Agenzia Fides) reports that an apparent suicide attack by car bomb in Kirkuk on Sunday (Sept. [...]
Dozens seriously injured in protest against arrest of two Christians.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – An estimated 40 people on Vietnam’s north-central coast were seriously injured after authorities on Wednesday (Sept. 4) broke up a protest over the arrest and detention without charges of two Catholics. Several of those injured were in life-threatening condition after hundreds of police and militia with tear gas, batons and [...]