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Category: World News

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The New Atheists are once again provoking controversy, this time with their comments on Gaza which has prompted divisions among those better known for presenting a united front against religion. Over the past decade, the likes of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Richard Carrier have tended to focus their criticism on Abrahamic…

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ebolatr

As Western nations evacuate their citizens from West Africa’s growing Ebola outbreak, some Christian leaders have begun to speak of the virus as a curse from God. On Friday (August 8), the World Health Organization declared the Ebola crisis ravaging the region an international health emergency. On the same day, Nigeria became the latest country…

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china

A recent state-run media piece announced that the great Middle Kingdom is working on new ways of keeping Christianity Communist Party-friendly. The Diplomat has written previously about Christianity’s growing numbers and China’s occasional Christian crackdowns. While growing numbers of Christians present a problem for the Party, the CCP’s solutions remain the same. The man at…

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bibi

As a number of former senior Israeli officials pointed out in the course of Operation Protective Edge,  Jerusalem had only two possible strategic options to choose from as it entered this fight. The first involved seeking to inflict serious damage on Hamas’s military capabilities in an operation limited in scope. The goal of such a…

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rhodes

Criticized for ignoring a genocide of Christians in Iraq, the White House arranged a meeting Thursday of a top adviser to President Obama with representatives of Iraqi and Assyrian Christians. The White House said that during the meeting, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes “condemned the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) ongoing…

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rocks

One woman, at least, is safe. Throughout much of her pregnancy, she had been in prison in Khartoum, capital of the Republic Sudan, living with the dread expectation that she would be hanged once her baby was born. Her crime was that she had married a Christian and been accused by the authorities of apostasy,…

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jonah

In a disturbing wave of violence in Mosul this month, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist group destroyed churches, monasteries, and statues, and disturbed the grave of the biblical prophet Jonah. A video posted on YouTube July 9 shows a tomb being destroyed with a sledgehammer, and Nineveh officials said the grave…

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dove

While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace. In the face of escalating violence in Israel and Gaza, Jews, Muslims and others are planning a daylong fast on July 15, 2014, in support of peace in the region. On…

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mechristian

When Pope Francis visited the Holy Land in May, he wasn’t there as an emissary to the Muslims or to the Jews in the area. He visited political and religious leaders of both groups, but he was there to minister to the Christians in the region who are caught between Muslim groups like Hamas and…

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hkdemo

About half a million people marched through downtown Hong Kong Tuesday with a message for Beijing: We won’t accept sham democracy. The high turnout reflects anger that China’s central government is backtracking on its promise to hold a free and fair election for the city’s chief executive in 2017. Tuesday’s rally followed a 10-day unofficial…

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mosul

Last Sunday, for the first time in 1600 years, no mass was celebrated in Mosul. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Iraq’s second largest city on June 10, causing most Christians in the region to flee in terror, in new kinship with the torment of Christ crucified on the cross. The remnant…

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Iraq Easter

For most Westerners, Iraq is a foreboding and dangerous place that is filled with extremists and daily violence. Yet as little as 75 years ago Iraq was a vibrant country that was home to many different ethnic and religious minorities, including large Jewish and Christian populations. But the latest round of violence spearheaded by the…

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