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Save the Children head vows charity to stay in Afghanistan after deadly attack

Thomson Reuters Foundation The head of Save the Children vowed on Thursday to resume operations in Afghanistan as soon as possible following a “malicious and senseless” attack by gunmen which killed four staff at one of the aid agency’s offices. “I cannot express how sad we are and how appalled we are that this can happen […]

US installs Sam Brownback as religious freedom ambassador

Sam Brownback

World Watch Monitor Sam Brownback, the US’s new Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, in 2007. PICTURE: Gage Skidmore/licenced under CC BY-SA 2.0 The US Senate has confirmed Sam Brownback as the new head of the Office of International Religious Freedom. Mr Brownback is the first ambassador under the US’s revised International Religious Freedom Act, which […]

UN Secretary-General joins in condemnation of car bomb attack in Libya

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned a double car bombing in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Wednesday in which more than 30 people were killed. A spokesman for Mr Guterres said the Secretary-General also expressed his “deepest condolences” to those affected but added that he was also alarmed at reports of summary executions […]

Anglican archbishops relaunch global prayer initiative for third year

Lambeth Palace launch

The launch of the initiative at Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, this week. PICTURE: Via Archbishop of Canterbury. The Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York have relaunched a global campaign to encourage Christians to pray “for more people to come to know Jesus Christ”, making 2018 the third year in […]

Indonesia sees reduction in religious freedom violations, says report

World Watch Monitor Indonesia saw fewer violations of religious freedom in 2017 than the year before, a national human rights group said this week, although it said it remained concerned about “the politicisation of religious and social differences”. In its 2017 Report on Religious Freedom and Religious Minorities in Indonesia, the Setara Institute said state actors (government, […]



Baptist minister MEGAN POWELL DU TOIT, in an article first published by Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and Society, reflects on how she came to the decision not to celebrate Australia Day on 26th January…