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Midday Roundup: More than 200 gay couples get Arkansas marriage licenses

By Lynde Langdon
Posted

Newsworthy | Awaiting a stay. More than 200 gay couples obtained Arkansas marriage licenses Monday after a judge tossed out the state’s 10-year-old same-sex marriage…

Tanzanian militants mimic Boko Haram’s terror tactics

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Christians and Muslims in the African nation of Tanzania united to call for a ban on an Islamic organization they likened to terrorist group Boko Haram.

Chinese Christians ‘Lay it bare!’

By Janie B. Cheaney
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China | Late last month, members of the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, China, watched helplessly as bulldozers closed in on their brand-new, cross-topped,

Fighting for the world’s original Christians

By J.C. Derrick
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Persecution | Religious leaders band together to support believers in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria

U.S. government: Worldwide religious intolerance growing

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Last week, the U.S. Commission on International Freedom (USCIRF) added eight countries—Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and…

Globe Trot: Iraq goes to the polls

By Mindy Belz
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International | IRAQ: Baghdad is under lockdown, with cars banned from city streets and Iraqis today at the polls in the first election since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. One…

Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls ‘taken abroad,’ forced to marry their captors

By Jamie Dean
Posted

Nigeria | The plight of as many as 230 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamist terrorists earlier this month has taken a tragic turn: Reports indicate militants have…

China begins tearing down approved churches

By Angela Lu
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Persecution | The Chinese government began demolishing parts of Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou on Monday, breaking a previously made agreement that would have left the…

Al-Shabaab militants kill Somali legislators over ‘invasion of Christians’

By Julia A. Seymour
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Terrorism | Islamic extremists with al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for last week’s killing of two Somali legislators who had voted to accept financial support from…

Chinese Christians form human shield to protect church

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | In Wenzhou, a Chinese port city nicknamed “Jerusalem of the East,” thousands of Chinese Christians stood guard around the government-sanctioned Sanjiang…

Heroic priest assassinated in Syria

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | The Syrian government and rebel groups are pointing fingers in the assassination of Dutch Jesuit Priest Francis Van Der Lugt in his garden in Homs. No group…

Islamist mob kills Coptic Christian woman in Cairo

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | An Islamist mob beat, stabbed, and shot Mary Sameh George to death in Cairo on March 28, reportedly because of the cross hanging in her car. George, a Coptic…

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