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Category: World News

U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport upon arrival on…

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cuba

Cuba’s communist government has increased its oppression of religious institutions, according to a Christian watchdog group, with reports of religious liberty violations almost doubling in the last six months. According to a new report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), there were 170 religious freedom violations from the start of 2014 through mid-July. In 2013, there…

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pakistan

Pakistan protests are entering their third week, and protestors are reportedly ratcheting up their intensity, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif clings to power. “The whole country is on a knife’s edge right now,” says Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaires International (FMI). “It’s gotten fairly violent in the clashes with police, as they’re trying to maintain…

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platt

Southern Baptists must boldly proclaim the Gospel as they fight for religious freedom in the United States and globally, David Platt said in an interview conducted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Platt, newly elected International Mission Board president, participated in an interview with Dan Darling, vice president of communications for the…

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isis

A second American citizen who died fighting for terror group ISIS in Syria has been identified as Abdirahmaan Muhumed of Minneapolis, reports have said. Fox News reported that the 29-year-old Somali-American died in the same battle as Douglas McArthur McCain, the first American to be identified as having died on the Islamic militant side. Muhumed’s…

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grieve

Britain is at risk of being “sanitised” of faith because an “aggressive form of secularism” in workplaces and public bodies is forcing Christians to hide their beliefs, a former attorney general has warned. Dominic Grieve said he found it “quite extraordinary” that people were being sacked or disciplined for expressing their beliefs at work. He…

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isis

There are now reportedly more British Muslims fighting for terror group ISIS than Britain’s military, an issue that some British Muslim leaders have recognized and warned that youngsters are being drawn by the idea that the jihadi sub-culture is “cool.” USA Today reported Thursday that close to 600 British Muslims serve in Britain’s Ministry of…

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James Foley, American journalist missing in Syria

It seems as though we can’t go a day without hearing about more violence, another tragedy, more innocent lives lost. Most recently, friends, family and country are mourning the loss of freelance war correspondent James Foley, who was beheaded August 19th by the Muslim terrorist group Islamic State (IS) in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes. Foley…

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pope

Three relatives of Pope Francis were killed Tuesday in a traffic accident in Argentina’s Cordoba province, police told Efe, adding that a fourth Bergoglio family member was in critical condition at a hospital. The victims are members of the family of the pontiff’s 35-year-old nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, who is being treated for his injuries.…

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haram

Aren’t Buddhist monks adorable?  They meditate for days without needing to go to the toilet. They talk to each other in ‘grasshopper’ haikus. Their pot bellies are full of wholesome vegetarian fare. Your package tour to Southeast Asia isn’t complete without a sprinkling of them begging politely in the markets. Hollywood stars hire them for…

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newath

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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