By Nicole Winfield and Susannah George
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The head of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church complained on Tuesday that promised U.S. aid for religious minorities in Iraq hasn't materialized, issuing an unusual public rebuke of the United States on the same day Washington announced a new infusion of assistance.
By Mahmud el-Shafey
With the post-election political situation in Sweden still uncertain, questions remain as to what direction the Scandinavian country is heading. There are major concerns about the rising star of the far-right anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, which won 17.5% of the vote in the recent election. However, in ethnic minorities' favour, there are five ethnically Assyrian MPs in Sweden's Riksdag.
The Mor Samuel (Shmuel) Church, located in the Anıtlı (previously known as the "Hah") village in the Midyat district of the southeastern province of Mardin, hosted its first religious ceremony in the last 60 years on Oct. 15. "Mor Samuel Church has been among the places in which the deeds were given back with a legal regulation carried out by the cabinet.
By Phoebe Ollerearnshaw
With input from Bank of America's Rena DeSisto and the Brooklyn Museum's Lisa Bruno, Arts & Collections takes a detailed look into the Art Conservation Project and its ongoing efforts to restore six Assyrian reliefs Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for not-for-profit museums to facilitate the conservation of significant artwork and historical treasures.
By John Burger
A new collaboration between the Knights of Columbus and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) promises to expedite the material support Christians of the Near East require to rebuild and return to their homes in the wake of the Islamic State persecution.
By Bar Daisan
Berlin (AINA) -- In a letter sent to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani on October 4th, 2018, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) and the Assyrian Federation in Germany and European Sections (ZAVD) urged Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq to respect Assyrian rights and political participation in the KRG region and to give pro-active support for Assyrians...
By Bassem Mroue
BEIRUT (AP) -- Nearly defeated on the battlefields of its would-be caliphate, analysts say the Islamic State group has reverted to what it was before its spectacular conquests in 2014 -- a shadowy insurgent network that targets civilian populations with guerrilla-style attacks and exploits state weaknesses to incite sectarian strife.
Mosul -- A Muslim family hid for three years two ancient Syriac Orthodox books in Mosul during the city's occupation by the Islamic State (IS) group to prevent their destruction at the latter's hands. They did so, putting their own lives at risk.
Hasakah -- Assyrian journalist Souleman Yusph "was released" after he was held "some days" by Kurdish authorities. He is in good health and shows no particular "problem", even though he has chosen to remain at home and not to speak, said Mgr Jacques Behnan Hindo, head of the Syriac Catholic archeparchy of Hasakah-Nisibis.
By Ammar Hamou, Madeline Edwards
Amman -- Prominent Assyrian Christian writer and dissident Souleman Yusph was in his home in northeastern Syria's Qamishli last Sunday night when local security personnel reportedly burst in, arresting him and carrying off his laptop and cell phones with them.
By Ammar Hamou, Madeline Edwards
Syria's majority-Kurdish Hasakah province is, for the most part, quiet--tucked into a northeastern corner of the country far from the front lines. But there are signs of simmering discontent in this corner of Syria, where the Kurdish-led Self-Administration wields authority over a diverse population of Kurds, Arabs and ethno-religious Christian minorities including Assyrians and Armenians.
By Hany Ghoraba
Islamists and jihadists in Egypt have targeted the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority for decades with bombings and mob attacks on Coptic churches, businesses, and homes. Many are sanctioned by fatwas from radical clerics, Salafist preachers, and Muslim Brotherhood muftis. The latest attack took place last month in Dimshaw, a village in southern Egypt's Minya governorate.