Bashiqa. CBN News image, Jonathan Goff

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.