(The Christian Science Monitor) In the bright January sunshine, Kurdish fighters pose for photographs and dance around an armored vehicle seized from militants with the self-described Islamic State in Gwer, a small but strategic town in northern Iraq.
(The Christian Science Monitor) The purported leader of Boko Haram claimed responsibility in a video Wednesday (January 21) for a massacre in the Nigerian town of Baga, the deadliest attack by the Islamist group since they started terrorizing northern Nigeria six years ago.
(The Christian Science Monitor) On a gloomy winter’s afternoon, a group of mothers chatted among themselves as they waited outside a primary school for their children to emerge. But it was not a typical Parisian scene: soldiers armed with automatic weapons patroled the school’s surroundings and the mothers were visibly anxious.
(RNS) Marcus J. Borg, who for a generation helped popularize the intense debates about the historical Jesus and the veracity and meaning of the New Testament, died on Wednesday (January 21). He was 72 and had been suffering from a prolonged illness, friends said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Jack Moline, a congregational rabbi who briefly led the nation’s top Jewish Democratic group, is the new head of the Interfaith Alliance, a staunch voice in Washington for the separation of church and state and other progressive causes.