(RNS) The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were kidnapped from 11 villages near the town of Tal Tamr over the past three days by the militants, who control vast swaths of Syria and Iraq.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking people who follow an ancient religion blending elements of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity and local folk beliefs.
In his annual “Urbi et Orbi” address to the city and the world, his text features the prayers for peace and health in lands torn by strife and by Ebola .
VATICAN CITY (RNS) There are so few Christians in this overwhelmingly Muslim country that Pope Francis is leaving the armored popemobile at home. So why is he going at all?
QAMISHLI, Syria (RNS) A Kurdish boy who looks no older than 11 mans the entrance of a military base in northeastern Syria. His pants drag on the ground and his shirt hangs off his bony shoulders as he stands in an ill-fitting military uniform next to a Kalashnikov automatic rifle. Like many of the child […]
DERIKE, Syria (RNS) Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of the Islamic State. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the militants personally.
“I know that he had strong Muslim beliefs,” said a cousin of Douglas McCain, “but I didn’t know that he was in support of ISIS. I didn’t think he would be.”
(RNS) In a world of heart-wrenching suffering, leaders from President Obama to Russia’s Vladimir Putin often seem like helpless actors controlled by events rather than directing them. Pope Francis also risks that fate.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Pakistan and Syria have earned their places on the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, says a leading religious liberty watchdog.