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The closure of a church in Upper Egypt that sought legalisation has been condemned as illegal by the congregation’s lawyer, and charges made against eight of its congregation, who have been detained for more than a month, as not valid.

Coptic Christians of Al-Koumair village in Luxor

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The pastor whose Sutherland Springs, Texas, church was the site of a November massacre prayed at the US Capitol for a country where God is honoured in statehouses and schools.

“Forgive us for taking you out of our schools,” prayed Pastor Frank Pomeroy on Thursday before a

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Five million people in West Africa's Sahel region will need food aid in the coming months following a drought, but current funding will be insufficient to prevent starvation, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Six countries in the Sahel, a semi-arid belt below the Sahara,

World Watch Monitor

An appeal court in Iran has upheld the 10 year prison sentences handed down to four Christians for “promoting Zionist Christianity” and running house churches.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammad Reza Omidi received notification from the court through their lawyer on

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Democratic Republic of Congo's jailing of a warlord for sexual slavery shows it is cracking down on a longstanding culture of impunity, rights groups and lawyers said on Wednesday.

A military court in the central African country sentenced Lieutenant-Colonel Maro Ntumwa, nicknamed "Marocain", to 20

RNS

US President Donald Trump marked his second National Day of Prayer at the White House by signing an executive order he said would protect the liberty of religious groups and give them fair access to government funds.

The new White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative will foster

World Watch Monitor

Three American citizens detained in North Korea seem set to be released ahead of a meeting between the two countries’ leaders next month.

The BBC reported that the three men had been “relocated to a Pyongyang hotel and are receiving good food and medical care”.

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Britain is considering legal changes that would help low income earners - who pay interest rates of up to 1,500 percent for emergency loans, washing machines and mobile phone tariffs - to borrow at fairer rates.

Campaigners hope to tackle the "poverty premium", where poor

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The latest murder of a man with albinism in Malawi - the 22nd in four years - has sparked calls for their killers to be executed to deter a wave of attacks in the poor southern African nation.

The dismembered corpse of 22-year-old McDonald Masambuka

World Watch Monitor

The body of a pastor was found beheaded on the shore of a reservoir in eastern India on Wednesday, hours after he was abducted by around 25 masked men whom police believe to be Maoists.

Residents of Kubasal village, in the Tamar area of Jharkhand

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has thrown its support behind a call from members of the Kachin community around the world for the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar Government to the International Criminal Court amid reports of renewed fighting in parts of Myanmar last month.

Mark Cutts, head

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From Washington to Wyoming, well-known clergy and grass-roots people of faith plan to gather Thursday for the annual National Day of Prayer.

In the nation’s capital, the White House is expected to mark the day with a morning ceremony and the National Day of Prayer Task Force

World Watch Monitor

The northern state of Uttarakhand has become the seventh state in India to adopt a so-called “anti-conversion law”.

State Governor Krishna Kant Paul signed the ‘Freedom of Religion Bill’ into law on 18th April, just over a month after the bill was approved by the state

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Parts of Africa will get left behind in the global push to provide electric power to all unless national governments and the international community agree on a plan for faster action in places that are lagging, a top energy official has warned.

Of the roughly

RNS

A dozen pastors known for their consistently stellar performances in the pulpit  made Baylor University’s list of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.

The list of 11 men and one woman, chosen by scholars of homiletics, or the art of preaching, was

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