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Seven killed in Orthodox church attack in Chechnya

World Watch Monitor Seven people were killed in an attack on a church in Chechnya on Saturday that was claimed by Islamic State, local sources told World Watch Monitor. The victims included two police officers who were guarding the church, all four militants and one churchgoer, World Watch Monitor was told. Two more security officers […]

Pope to create 14 new cardinals

Pope Francis has announced he will create 14 new cardinals in late June with bishops from Iraq, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Italy and Japan among those named. In what was a surprise announcement, the Pope said on Sunday that the home countries of the cardinals expressed “the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful […]

Christian pastors among those killed in Cuban plane crash

Twenty Christian leaders were among 110 people killed in a plane crash in Cuba late last week, according to authorities. The Cuban Council of Churches reportedly confirmed that 10 evangelical pastors and their wives, all from the Church of the Nazaren, were among those who died when the plane crashed near Havana. They were reportedly […]

China’s ‘re-education’ camps could hold over a million people, says report


World Watch Monitor Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang region, the world’s most surveilled area, according to the Wall Street Journal. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor. “Re-education” camps in China’s far-western Xinjiang region hold hundreds of thousands of people – possibly even over a million – a new report says. The paper, published on last week by the Jamestown Foundation, […]

From nightmares to dreams – rescued Indian children sketch life in slavery

Indian children sketches

Thomson Reuters Foundation Menacing dogs, violent bosses and a house left empty because its inhabitants are always working – these are the grim images of family life created by Indian children raised in bonded labour. A series of drawings by children rescued from forced labour in brick kilns, rice mills and wood cutting units has […]