The U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage emboldened gay activists around the world. Now, political pressure is rising in Taiwan to make that nation the first in Asia to follow America's lead. But Christians are standing firm against the change.
Across Iraq, ISIS has blazed a trail of terror, targeting Christians and other minorities. The town of Bashiqa sits just a few miles from Mosul and ISIS forces. Driving through the town, it bears the scars of a bitter battle.
Hopes for greater religious freedom in Cuba are rising in the wake of former president Fidel Castro's death. Still, many Cuban pastors and U.S. mission leaders are cautious, noting that President Raul Castro could also roll back freedoms for people of faith and that the Trump administration could tighten travel restrictions and impede missions work.
As news of Fidel Castro's death travels around the world there is a mixed reaction from leaders. Many on the Left remember him as a world-class leader despite his violent and oppressive rule. Most on the Right recall the communist ruler for his tyrannical, violent and often deadly reign.