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March 2020
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Australia: churches respond to fire disasters

Australian churches have been working to help those affected by the devastating bushfires sweeping the nation. According to the Baptist Union Australia, a fund has been set up to aid churches assisting those caught up in the fire, while others have cared for exhausted emergency service workers. All over, churches have united in special…

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March 2020
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Norway: Muslims beat and attempt to force the conversion of street preacher

Four Muslim men abducted, beat, and robbed a Christian street preacher in Trondheim, Norway, demanding at knifepoint he convert to Islam or be killed. Roar Fløttum, who regularly preaches on the streets of the city, was lured away last year by the men to pray for a friend who, they falsely claimed, had injured…

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March 2020
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Myanmar: Army softens stance on Shan State

Christians in Myanmar (Burma) have found their prayers answered after the anti-Christian United Wa State Army has allowed at least 50 churches to reopen. The United Wa State Army (UWSA) is in control of the Wa Special Region in Myanmar, bordering China’s Yunnan province, and is a China-backed, communist-influenced separatist group. In 2018, local…

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March 2020
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India: Court to hear case on minority Dalit rights

A legal challenge filed 16 years ago to the Indian Supreme Court in New Delhi is finally about to receive a hearing. The challenge is against a 1950 presidential order, which bars Dalit Christians and Muslims from receiving the same basic rights as Dalits who are Hindu, Sikh, or Buddhist. In Sanskrit, Dalit means…

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March 2020
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US evangelicals react to CT editorial on President Trump’s impeachment

In December, the then editor-in-chief of Christianity Today (CT), Mark Galli, published an editorial welcoming President Trump’s impeachment and calling for him to be removed from office. Since then, much of the evangelical right has been in an uproar. Galli, now retired, spoke candidly about what he thought of Trump’s impeachment by the House…

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February 2020
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China: church responds to pastor’s jail term

China’s Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC) has responded to the nine-year sentence handed down in December to its senior pastor, Wang Yi, who had been imprisoned on charges of ‘trying to subvert state power’. He was also charged with ‘illegally operating a business’. The pastor was put on trial at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s…

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February 2020
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Netherlands: society ‘rotting’ from the core through drugs

The Netherlands has the ‘characteristics of a narco-state’ and its society is rotting from the core, experts have claimed. In a lengthy report for the BBC in December last year, reporter Anna Holligan cited evidence and testimony from experts which revealed criminal activity has penetrated deeply into Dutch society as a result of The…

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February 2020
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India: Christian family escapes mob

Christian villagers rushed to the aid of a pastor and his family who were surrounded by a violent mob in north-east India. According to reports from Release International, pastor Palathingal Johnson, his wife and four children were at home when the mob of approximately ten to fifteen armed Hindu extremists smashed their way into…

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February 2020
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Nigeria: persecution continues into 2020

Nigeria has been named as a key Christian persecution hotspot in 2020, with organisations such as Amnesty International, Barnabas Fund and Release International expressing grave concern over the escalating violence. The Global Terrorism Index (GTI), a report published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace, cited Nigeria as being the third worst country…

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February 2020
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‘I won’t be reading ET again’, says President Trump in Twitter error

US President Donald Trump mistakenly tweeted about ET in response to a different evangelical publication welcoming his impeachment. Christianity Today (CT) had published an opinion piece by editor-in-chief Mark Galli calling for President Trump to be removed from office. Trump responded by sending out a tweet saying, ‘No President has done more for the…

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February 2020
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Evangelicals protest against President Trump’s plans to deport young immigrants

On 12 November 2019 the Supreme Court of the United States began hearings on details pertaining to the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Originally put into law by former President Barack Obama in 2012, current President Donald Trump has furiously sought to eradicate the program as well as many…

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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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