After 510 days in prison, Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Mr. Abdulmonem Abdumawla were released on May 11, 2017, on a presidential pardon. The two were arrested in December 2015 along with VOM field worker Petr Jasek and Rev. Kuwa Shamal. Rev. Shamal was acquitted of all charges and released on Jan. 2, 2017, and Jasek was released on Feb. 26, 2017, also on a presidential pardon.
summit on religious violence against Christians.
Updated: May 12, 2017 8:55 AM ET
A top cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin met privately with Vice President Mike Pence Thursday morning and urged the U.S. to cooperate with Russia to combat terrorism in the Middle East.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned those gathered at the first ever World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians that the world has become a dangerous place for believers."The reality is, across the wider world, the Christian faith is under siege," said Pence.
Updated: May 9, 2017,
Aden: An Indian priest kidnapped after an attack on a care home in Yemen's southern port city of Aden last year has appealed for help in a video recording carried by a Yemeni news website.