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Iraq Militants Announce New Islamic State

(RNS) An al-Qaida breakaway group that seized large swaths of Iraq in recent weeks declared Sunday (June 29) the creation of a new religious state in Iraq and Syria, as it continued to repel government forces in Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein. The militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Chinese Christians Tearfully Sing Hymn as Church Cross Removed: Video

Wenzhou City, China – Christians are vowing to stand firm for Christ amid much persecution by officials in a Chinese province where church buildings continue to be demolished, and where believers in a recent video can be seen bursting into tearful song about the cross and how their sins were washed away by the blood of Jesus […]

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(CNN) — Militants with black masks stand by as 15-year-old Mohammed watches a video of fighters cutting off a man’s head. “This is jihad for the sake of God,” the men with Kalashnikov rifles say. Mohammed begins to feel lost, confused. “Does God want me to do jihad?” he wonders. This is Mohammed’s eyewitness account, […]

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World Vision Under Internal Reformation After Support of Homosexuality?

(RNS) World Vision tested its boundaries three months ago when it announced it would allow its employees to be in so-called homosexual ‘marriages’. The policy, however, was short-lived; the relief group reversed it within 48 hours after supporters threatened to pull donations. In the past, World Vision has requested that it be known as a […]

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Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Hang for Refusing to Convert to Islam Freed

KHARTOUM, Sudan (RNS) – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam has been freed after an appeals court canceled the death sentence, according to the state-run news agency SUNA. Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Roman Catholic and mother of two, had been sentenced to hang in April […]

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Muslim Militants Post Grisly Images of Mass Killing in Iraq

BAGHDAD – As the Iraqi government bolstered Baghdad’s defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers. The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, […]

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Canada Issues New Birth Certificate to 12-Year Old Girl Who Identifies as a Boy

EDMONTON, Canada – A 12-year-old transgender Alberta girl has been granted a new birth certificate that recognizes her as male. Wren Kauffman was presented with the new document on Sunday in Edmonton during a Pride festival brunch hosted by the city’s mayor. The province’s culture minister, Heather Klimchuk, made the presentation. Continue reading this story […]

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Christians Targeted in Iraq’s New Civil War

The civil war that erupted in Iraq last week has placed Christians in great peril and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of civilians. The group known as ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) seized Mosul, a city of two million people, and Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. […]

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Homosexual Muslims Come Out in Toronto Photo Exhibit

(RNS) – Many Muslims leave Islam when they are told their sexuality and faith are incompatible. But a new photo exhibit of homosexual and queer Muslims challenges that notion. The exhibit, which opens June 18 at the Toronto Public Library, captures the humanity of subjects with close-up, intimate images. It’s the latest example of LGBT […]

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Charges Against Evangelist Arrested for Alleged ‘Homophobic’ Comments Dropped

DUNDEE, Scotland – Police in Scotland have dropped all charges against an American evangelist who was arrested earlier this week for offending a single bystander by allegedly making ‘homophobic comments.’ As previously reported, Evangelist Tony Miano, a retired police officer from California, was arrested for breach of peace in Dundee, Scotland in January following a complaint that […]

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