The Statistic

25th June, 2019
Number of asylum applications in the EU from Venezuelans between January and May: 18,400 (roughly twice that of the previous year)
Source: European Asylum Support Office (via Reuters)


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25th June, 2019
SIGNED: US President Donald Trump, an executive order imposing new financial-related sanctions on Iran targeting the nation's Supreme Leader and associates.
WON: For the first time in 25 years, the city of Istanbul in a hotly contested election, by Turkish opposition parties over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 
HIDING: Eleven Republican senators in the US state of Oregon in a bid to block a vote on a plan to address carbon emissions.


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In an article first published on Religion News Service, AMANDA TYLER, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, comments on last week's decision concerning a war memorial known as the Bladensburg Cross...

CHANDRIMA CHAKRABORTY, of McMaster University in Canada, writes about a plane bombing, the worst terrorist act in Canadian history, which, he says, is little known even in Canada...

TONY PERKINS, chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and president of the Family Research Council, says religious freedom is under attack around the world "like never before"...

They Said It

"It must be clear that all individuals who are suspected of crimes - whatever their country of origin, and whatever the nature of the crime - should face investigation and prosecution, with due process guarantees."
- Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in comments concerning the fate of tens of thousands of suspected Islamic State fighters currently being detained in Syria and Iraq.


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This Week on the Web

24th June, 2019
Arabs are increasingly saying they are not religious, according to the results of a new BBC survey. Read the report which also looks at how Arabs feel about a wide range of issues - from honour killings to emigration...


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The Word Explained

1st April, 2019
Great Commission: After His resurrection, Jesus commissioned His disciples to spread his teaching and the truth of who He is to the world.


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