ICC: Nigeria, Syria, China, UK, US & North Korea

August 23, 2014 by  
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Fulani Herdsmen Murder 14 Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau State

In Yelwa, radical Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked the remnant of a Christian community by burning homes and killing 14 Christians for their faith local Christians said. “These Muslim Fulani gunmen were more than 150, and they were armed,” a 40-year-old Christian from the village who fled to Jos told Morning Star News. “They attacked us in Yelwa. Many of the members of our community were killed by them. And they also burned down our houses. Those of us who survived had to run out of the village, some to Shendam town and others to places like Garkawa, Langtang, Pankshin or Jos.”

Journalist’s Beheading Stirs Cries to Destroy ISIS

President Barack Obama said the world is appalled by the murder of American journalist James Foley at the hands of IS. Foley was a foreign correspondent for the GlobalPost when he disappeared in Syria in 2012. IS released a brutal video on YouTube of the murder, saying Foley’s death is in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. Even Muslim leaders are slamming the actions of IS. Saudi Arabia’s top cleric said the group is Islam’s No. 1 enemy. On Facebook, Foley’s mother paid tribute to her late son, “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”

China’s Nobel Nominee Lawyer Released, but Suffers Physically and Mentally

A defender of religious minorities and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Gao Zhisheng was released in a poor-state to relatives from prison after his three-year sentence for ‘inciting to subvert state power’ was served. Zhisheng has yet to be released with unconditional freedom to join his wife and children in the U.S.  A recent report shows that he can barely talk and suffers from physical and mental health problems. According to this article, he has not been allowed to see a doctor since his release.

United Kingdom Hotel Chain Removes Bibles, Suffers Outrage

Travelodge, one of Britain’s largest hotel chains, proceeded to remove bibles from its hotels regardless of numerous complaints including from the Church of England. The company said in a statement the decision is to “not to discriminate against any religion.” Now guests are to borrow the bibles, supplied by the Gideon Society, from the reception desk. However according to Daily News, a guest in London could not receive a hard-copy and was suggested to use the hotel’s free Wifi to Google it and read it online. Travelodge is the first national hotel chain to remove bibles, a tradition the chain had for 126 years.

Parents and Students Gather to Pray in Response to Anti-Prayer Letter

Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association (AHA), responded to a local complaint of coaches allegedly leading or joining the team in prayer and citing bible verses on documents, by sending a letter to district officials of Hall County and Chestatee High School to cease the ‘promoting of Christianity’ or possible legal action will ensue. Miller received a response of approximately 200 students and parents gathered to pray on the field Wednesday, and a larger group on Thursday. “We choose to pray, they don’t make us pray,” Megan Ellis, a student at Chestatee High School told reporters.

North Korea Sends U.S. Missionary Back to Labor Camp

American officials confirmed this week Kenneth Bae was sent back to a labor camp in late July to continue serving his 15-year sentence, after he was discharged from the Pyongyang Friendship Hospital. “We remain concerned about Bae’s health, and continue to urge [North Korean] authorities to grant Bae amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” read an email by State Department officials.

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