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Negotiations with Boko Haram a farce, says Nigerian priest

NAIROBI, Kenya — While the Nigerian government negotiates with the Islamic militant group Boko Haram for the release of 200 abducted schoolgirls, some church leaders in the country’s conflict-ridden north are expressing doubts about any impending resolution. Nearly two weeks …

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Boko Haram keeps girls, kidnaps 25 more

CHIBOK, Nigeria — Boko Haram has not only failed to meet the terms of an Oct. 17 “cease-fire” agreement to release the Chibok schoolgirls, but has kidnapped at least 25 more girls and continued its killing spree, Reuters News Service …

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China: Fewer abortions? But more persecution

Bob Fu

China’s newly announced switch to a two-child population control policy does not resolve the coercive nature of the program, pro-life leaders say. The disclosure of the change came even as the communist government imposes the most severe oppression in four …

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Death sentence upheld for Pakistani mother

LAHORE, Pakistan — In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court upheld Thursday (Oct. 16) the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Aasiya Noreen, commonly …

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