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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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American Detained in North Korea for Leaving Bible in Hotel Was on Vacation

(Reuters) – The U.S. citizen detained in North Korea, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, is a father of three with a passion for adventure who was in the country as part of a vacation tour, his lawyer said on Monday. “Jeffrey loves to travel and loves the adventure of experiencing different cultures and seeing new places,” his […]

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Pope Hosts Interfaith ‘Peace Gathering’ Featuring Christian, Jewish, Muslim Prayers

ROME – In an effort to encourage peace in the Middle East, Pope Francis hosted the leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian worlds at the Vatican on Sunday, presenting an ecumenical gathering that joined professing Christians and Catholics together with Muslims, Jews and Druze. Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas […]

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Assistant ‘Pastor’ Resigns in Opposition to Co-Pastor’s Sunday Sermon Against Islam

BELFAST, Ireland – An assistant pastor of a church in Ireland has resigned over his opposition to a co-pastor’s recent Sunday sermon against Islam, which resulted in an official ‘hate crime’ investigation by the Irish government. As previously reported, James McConnell, pastor of the Whitewell Metropolitan Church in North Belfast, Ireland, discussed the religion of Islam […]

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Taliban Commander Freed by Obama in Bergdahl Trade Says He’ll Fight America Again

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — One of the five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release has pledged to return to fight Americans in Afghanistan, according to a fellow militant and a relative. “After arriving in Qatar, Noorullah Noori kept insisting he would go to Afghanistan and fight American forces there,” […]

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North Korea Sentences Baptist Missionary to Hard Labor for Life

North Korean officials have sentenced a Baptist missionary from South Korea to hard labor for life for allegedly attempting to establish underground churches in the nation. Kim Jong-uk was convicted of spying and other “anti-state” violatons on Friday during his trial. According to reports, he admitted to the court that he had founded a church […]

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North Korea Holding American Tourist for Leaving Bible in Hotel Room

An American tourist is being detained in North Korea after he was discovered to have left a copy of the Bible in a hotel room, reports state. According to reports, the tourist, identified in English as Jeffrey Fowle, has been held since mid-May, but North and South Korean news outlets first released the information today. “The […]

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages in northeastern Nigeria and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent, witnesses said on Thursday. A community leader who witnessed the killings on Monday said residents of the Gwoza local […]

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