By Michael Otto
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The St. Addai Chaldean Catholic community in suburban Auckland felt the impact of the Christchurch mosque killings with a special poignancy, because many members have experienced the sufferings inflicted by terrorism. "There is a lady in my community -- they beheaded her son in front of her," Chaldean Father Douglas Al-Bazi told NZ Catholic.
By Khaled al-Khateb
ALEPPO -- The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, commonly known as the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), on March 10 accepted the resignation of Jawad Abu Hatab as prime minister of the Syrian Interim Government at its 44th general assembly meeting in Istanbul. Abu Hatab, who had held the office since May 2016, had resigned Feb. 28 without publicly stating a reason.
By Sangar Ali
The federal government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and the United Nations on Friday marked the beginning of national efforts to unearth the first mass grave filled with Yezidis (Ezidis) killed by the Islamic State.
By Elizabeth Kendal
The Christian crisis in the Middle East is far from over, says religious liberty analyst and advocate Elizabeth Kendal, who works to raise awareness of the plight of the persecuted and of global trends in religious freedom. At the time of the 1987 census, Iraq's Assyrians numbered 1.4 million. Today they are reduced to about 200,000 and most are displaced and destitute, she says.
The son of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Netanyahu said that Turkey had committed genocide against Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians. Related: The Assyrian Genocide His statements appeared against the background of another skirmish between the leaders of Turkey and Israel. Last time, Netanyahu's son recalled the Armenian Genocide in May last year.
By Hala Ghonaim
London, Ontario -- The Eshos were pretty much a household name in Tel Tamer, Syria. When Khoshaba and Mona, an Assyrian singer-guitarist duo, weren't dominating gigs in town, they were operating the popular Babylon, the area's only recording studio.
Iraqi security forces in Nineveh province yesterday uncovered a mass grave containing the remains of 65 government employees killed by the ISIS terrorist group. "The security forces found the remains inside a mass grave in the district of Al-Baaj," Nineveh Police Captain Ali Hassan said.
There are increased fears over the safety of Christians in Iran following the arrest of three more worshippers in Rasht, Gilan Province, during what activists describe as an "ongoing official campaign of repression" against the religious minority.
By Robert Edwards
Iraqi Christians were forced to flee their towns and villages across the Nineveh Plains and from the city of Mosul in the summer of 2014 when Islamic State (ISIS) militants launched a lightening campaign through the region. The jihadists gave Christian residents of their newly conquered territories three options: convert to Islam, pay a heavy religious tax, or die.
By Ozgur Ayaydin
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- Turkey will restore two historical churches that were damaged in PKK attacks four years ago. Annan Ertem, director-general of the Foundations department, told Anadolu Agency 15 million Turkish liras ($2.75 million) will be spent on the restoration of Surp Giragos and Mar Petyun churches in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.
By Katelyn Caralle
About 3,000 Islamic State members in the group's last holdout in Syria surrendered. Thousands of terrorists and their relatives surrendered in Baghouz on Tuesday, according to Kurdish-led forces per AFP, after the ISIS encampment in the eastern village came under fire the night before. ISIS declared itself a caliphate in 2014, as it once spread across large areas in Syria and Iraq.
Early one morning, Joumana's family was awakened by a loud explosion ripping through their town of Qaraqosh, Iraq. Though many other families had already left Qaraqosh, Joumana and her mother Jandark had chosen to remain in their home. But the violence had come. Their town was under attack, and ISIS would soon be on their doorstep.