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March 2018
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International – Singaporean seminary

The new semester at Singapore’s Emmanuel Reformed Bible College (ERBC) started on 5 January, with approximately 50 pastors, lay leaders, students and church members from Life Bible-Presbyterian Church who attended. In a newsletter, dean of students Jack Sin commented: ‘We thank God for six new full-time students who joined the college, and many part time students — about 80, so far. One of the full-time students is from Singapore; the others are men from Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, India and South Korea. Mr Sin asked for prayer for these men as they begin their theological training, and for the five second-year students, from Vietnam, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. He...

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March 2018
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International – Former gymnast’s testimony

Rachael Denhollander, former gymnast and committed Christian, delivered a strong and clear testimony of God’s saving power while appearing in court. Ms Denhollander, who had been sexually abused by disgraced team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser, was given 40 minutes to address the court and Nasser during his sentencing. Instead of using the time to berate her abuser, she preached a clear message of sin, the need to repent, and God’s wonderful grace. The full transcript is available on news channel CNN (turned at 25 minutes), when Ms Denhollander refers to Nasser’s earlier courtroom appearances, in which he brought his Bible and spoke about prayer....

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March 2018
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International: Yemen – Children at risk

Thousands of Yemeni children have been killed or injured in the conflict with Saudi Arabia, children’s agency UNICEF has warned. According to aid organisations, war-torn, wracked by famine and disease, Yemen is enduring what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. In a recent UNICEF report, it said a further 400,000 children are severely malnourished and fighting for their lives. Three million children have been born into the war and are ‘scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, undernutrition and a lack of access to basic services’. All in all, more than 11 million children, that is ‘nearly every child in Yemen’,...

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March 2018
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International: Asia – Charity push for sanitation

Christian missions agency Gospel For Asia (GFA) has highlighted widespread health problems caused by lack of adequate sanitation globally. Approximately 2.3 billion people globally do not have access to good sanitation facilities, GFA has reported. This is nearly one-third of all the people on earth. Karen Mains, author of the GFA report, says almost 900 million people are forced to go to the toilet in the open, which poses serious risk of assault to women in particular. She commented: ‘These issues can no longer be ignored, because they create all sorts of health problems. ‘Some 1.5 million people around the world each year are dying...

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March 2018
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International: Afghanistan – Taliban kill 40 in Kabul

More than 100 people have been killed and 150 wounded in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital of Kabul in January. As reported in the London Evening Standard, the attacker is said to have used an ambulance to get through a security point, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital. The man then detonated explosives at a second check point, according to Afghanistan’s interior ministry. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent thick, dark smoke into the sky from the site of the explosion near a former government building. Witnesses said that the area, near the offices...

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March 2018
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International: Syria – Syrian perception

An independent delegation of politicians and religious leaders has visited conflict-ridden Syria to hear the views of local Syrian leaders. Last year, the delegation, which included Baroness Cox, Lord Hylton and Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, listened to what Syrians were thinking about their current conflict situation and what is needed to resolve it. Many at home and abroad are concerned that ‘moderate’ opposition fighters in Syria supported by Britain are, in fact, dominated by foreign Islamist militants, while sanctions from the West are strangling the country, especially with a lack of medical supplies. Jihadist groups have terrorised local Christians, defaced icons and statues...

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February 2018
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International: Asia – Rohingya diphtheria risk

Rohingya refugee camps are facing the possibility of a severe outbreak of diphtheria, medical staff at disaster relief organisation Samaritan’s Purse have warned. The life-threatening infection can cause difficulty with breathing and is most often airborne. Up to 10 per cent of people who are infected are likely to lose their life, and infection rates in the Bangladesh camps are rising fast. Last November, the World Health Organisation stated five cases of diphtheria a day were being reported. But, over December, this rocketed to more than 100 on certain days. According to Samaritan’s Purse, of the suspected cases, 73 per cent of victims are under...

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February 2018
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International: Nigeria – Boko Haram resurgent

Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has declared it is still thriving, despite public comment from the Nigerian government that it had defeated the jihadist organisation. In a video broadcast, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria during the festive season were the result of the group’s activities. He said: ‘We are in good health and nothing has happened to us’. According to reports in the Daily Mail, the leader, who was speaking in the Hausa language, said the Nigerian troops, police and ‘those creating mischief against us cannot do anything against us’. He then claimed his group had carried...

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