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January 2020
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Nigeria: Baroness Cox reports on massacres

After a fact-finding mission to Nigeria, British parliamentarian Baroness Cox has reported that extremists in northern and middle belt Nigerian states have killed thousands of Christians. She stated that armed Fulani militants are targeting Christian communities in an aggressive and strategic land-grabbing policy. Baroness Cox, who is a patron of advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund,…

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January 2020
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Global: Christian women facing rising violence

Governments across the world have been urged to do more to protect women, who are the most at-risk group when it comes to religious persecution. According to ADF International, women face kidnapping, slavery, rape and death because of their religious affiliation, and are often presented as easy targets. Speaking on the International Day for…

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January 2020
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Albania: Churches help after earthquake

Evangelical Christians from Albanian churches turned out in force to help victims of recent large earthquakes. The first earthquake struck on 26 November and measured 6.4 on the Richter scale. It was followed by smaller quakes, which hindered relief efforts. The death toll is believed to be at 51, with more than 1,400 buildings…

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January 2020
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China: religious persecution still rising

China’s growing detention camps and persistent unease in Hong Kong following 2019’s violent democracy protests are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, religious advocacy organisation Release International has claimed. In a statement, Release International said recent events, such as the revelation of brainwashing camps set up on the mainland, highlighted the rising levels of…

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January 2020
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Duke University kicks out Young Life Ministries

On September 18, 2019, the student governing body at Duke University unanimously voted to deny Young Life ministries as a recognised student organisation on their campus. Their reason for not welcoming Young Life as a campus organisation is due to the fact that Young Life policy prohibits LGBTQ people from being in leadership or…

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November 2019
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Italy: Court rules euthanasia and assisted suicide is not always a crime

Italy’s highest Court has handed down a ruling in favour of a right-to-die activist which says euthanasia and assisted suicide is not always a crime. According to the judgment, those people who facilitate the suicidal intention of a patient kept alive by treatments and suffering from an ‘irreversible pathology’ should not be punished. The…

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November 2019
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Nigeria: Fulani crisis worsens

Christians are being systematically wiped out in the north of Nigeria, while pastors and church leaders are being killed and kidnapped. The United Nations has claimed that religious violence in the African country is ‘spiralling out of control’, describing a ‘pressure cooker of injustice’ in Nigeria. Release International has warned that the Fulani militia…

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November 2019
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Finland: MP investigated by police for quoting the Bible

Finnish politician Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Christian Democrats party and a former Minister of the Interior, has been investigated by the police for quoting the Bible on Facebook. She criticised her own Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for endorsing events linked to Helsinki Pride 2019. Räsänen is a pro-life advocate and doctor…

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November 2019
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UN: President Trump calls for global religious freedom

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to ever convene a meeting at the UN on the issue of religious freedom. ‘That’s very sad in many ways’, Trump said. The President called the issue one of his ‘highest priorities’. ‘Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the…

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November 2019
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Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, divorces

In July 2019, Joshua Harris, a popular American author and pastor announced on social media that he and his wife Shannon would be divorcing. ‘We’re writing to share the news that we are separating and we’ll continue our life together as friends. In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of…

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October 2019
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DRC: Christians abducted and churches looted

More than 200 people have been abducted and a church mission hospital and shops looted by Islamist extremists during a raid on Boga, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bishop of Boga Diocese, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rt Rev. William Bahemuka, said the Muslim militant group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) had attacked the…

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October 2019
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The ‘Billy Graham Rule’ comes under fire

In recent political news, Robert Foster, a Republican runner-up for the Mississippi gubernatorial race, has been criticized for his Christian views when he refused to let a female reporter shadow him for the day for a news article. Larrison Campbell, writer for Mississippi Today was nominated to write an article on the GOP candidate…

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