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U.S. Planning Rescue Effort for Iraqi Yazidi People

The Pentagon is reportedly mapping an escape route for the 30,000 Yazidi refugees who are stranded without food or water on Mt. Sinjar.

Family of American Man Detained in North Korea Plead for His Release

Jeffrey Edward Fowle, 56, was detained in North Korea in April for allegedly violating his tourist visa; Fowle’s family is now begging for his release.

Vatican Calls on Muslim Leaders to Condemn Christian Persecution in Iraq

The Vatican has urged Muslim leaders to condemn the persecution of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq.

Evangelical Leaders Will Travel to Israel to Signal Their Support

Several high-profile evangelical leaders will travel to Israel next week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip put together by the National Religious Broadcasters in response to the most recent conflict in Gaza.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • August 13, 2014 |
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IS Militants Capture Two Towns in Northern Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants have now expanded their reach of influence as the terrorist group captured two major towns in Syria Wednesday (Aug. 12).

Rick Warren Plans to Host All 54 African Countries at Purpose Driven Church Congress

Pastor Rick Warren announced plans this week that he will host a gathering of church leaders from all 54 African nations next year to coincide with a national day of Thanksgiving.

Cuba Permits Construction of New Catholic Church for First Time Since 1959

The Republic of Cuba will allow a Catholic church to be built in the Communist state. This is the first time since 1959 that Cuba has allowed a church to be built.

Aggressive Behavior Increases Teen Drinking

Adolescents who behave aggressively are more likely to drink alcohol and in larger quantities than their peers, according to a new study.

A Secret That Can Change Your Life

Over sixty years ago, Earl Nightingale, a former United States Marine who had been one of only twelve survivors of the bombing of the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor, struck upon an idea.

CAR President Names Country's First Muslim Prime Minister

The Central African Republic has a new prime minister, and for the first time, a Muslim will be filling the position.

Is Ebola a Curse from God? Some African Christian Leaders Think So

As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse from God.

Mark Driscoll’s Books Pulled from the Southern Baptist Convention’s LifeWay Stores

The nation’s second largest Christian book retailer has pulled megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll’s books from its website and 186 stores.

  • Sarah Pulliam Bailey |
  • August 12, 2014 |
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Martin Scorsese Directs Movie about Jesuit Mission to 17th-Century Japan

Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as “Son of God” and “God’s Not Dead,” at least one other prominent, mainstream director is also turning — or returning — to religion.

On Iraq, Pope Francis’ Message of Peace Meets Reality of War

As he dispatches a top aide to war-torn Iraq this week, Pope Francis made his most impassioned plea yet for the world to halt the “slaughter” of Christians and other religious minorities by Islamic extremists.

  • David Gibson, Josephine McKenna |
  • August 12, 2014 |
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South Sudan Peace Talks Failing as Famine Threatens Millions

South Sudan’s deadline for a peace agreement was missed over the weekend, leading citizens to worry about the impending famine as civil war in the nation continues.

Distracted Teen Drivers Often on Cellphone With Parent

Up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving are speaking with their mother or father, according to new research.

Navy Removes Bibles from Base Hotel Rooms

The U.S. Navy is reportedly removing all Bibles from hotels that are located on bases, a decision that has upset religious military members and families.

Spanish Priest Dies from Ebola Virus

A Spanish priest who contracted Ebola in Liberia has died from the disease. Miguel Parajes, 75 was a priest and missionary working for the San Juan de Dios Catholic aid group when he fell ill to the virus.

Mark Driscoll's Board Responds to Acts 29 Removal

Members of Mark Driscoll’s board have released a letter that they sent to church elders after church planting network Acts 29 removed co-founder Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from its organization.

Vicar of Baghdad Refuses to Leave Iraq Despite IS Persecution

Canon Andrew White, known worldwide as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” is refusing to leave Iraq where he serves as the leader of the last Anglican Church in the nation.

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