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Thousands of Palestinian refugees near the Syrian capital are trapped in "rapidly deteriorating" conditions without running water or doctors and little food, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as the Syrian army prepared to capture the area.

The UN Relief and Works Agency, which provides

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“Who is Jesus?”

Some Christians aren’t happy with the answers they’ve gotten to the question from their smart speakers, including Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant on Google Home devices.

David Sams, the CEO of KeepTheFaith Radio Networks - who describes himself on his website as a

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Less than half of Americans have basic emergency information to hand should calamity strike, an Ipsos survey revealed on Wednesday, yet 83 per cent are confident technology will play "an important role" in their preparation for the next disaster.

The findings highlight the need to

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A new Hebrew-English Bible with a distinctly Israeli flavor will be published in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary.

The anniversary began at sundown on Wednesday and ends at sundown Thursday.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz with stacks of The Israel Bible, which he edited. PICTURE:

More than 50 Australian faith leaders, including some prominent Christians, have signed a joint letter asking Adani chairman Gautam Adani to abandon his proposed new coal mine in North Queensland and invest the money in solar energy instead.

Protestors at the Adani HQ. PICTURE: Courtesy of

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Australia aims to be a global leader in the fight against modern slavery with a new law that builds upon Britain's landmark legislation and demands stronger action from the government and businesses, its foreign minister and lawmakers said on Tuesday.

The country is expected to this

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North Korean guards on the Yalu River border with neighbouring China. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor.

A North Korean Christian woman has revealed the horrors she experienced in ten different prisons before successfully fleeing the country.

Hea Woo*, once one of

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Global gains in the fight against malaria could be reversed unless countries control the disease in conflict zones, where deaths and infections are rising, experts said on Tuesday.

The number of malaria cases worldwide increased in 2016 after 15 years of decline, according to the

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About 50 evangelical Christian leaders gathered early this week to discuss the future of evangelicalism amid concerns their movement has become too closely associated with US President Donald Trump’s polarising politics.

The closed-door meeting Monday and Tuesday was held at Wheaton College, a private school outside

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Commonwealth nations must not only denounce modern slavery but take the lead on global efforts to eradicate the trade by 2030 by strengthening laws, working with businesses and protecting women and girls from being enslaved, activists said on Tuesday.

Leaders of the 53 country Commonwealth,

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Activists are urging Commonwealth leaders meeting in Britain this week to throw their weight behind a campaign to preserve a centuries-old communal land ownership system on the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

After Britain abolished slavery in its colonies in 1834, Barbudans developed a system of

World Watch Monitor

Two Pakistani Christians were killed and at least three injured in a drive-by shooting on Sunday in Essa Nagri, a Christian-majority area in Quetta, capital of the impoverished Balochistan province in the south-west.

The victims, aged 19 and 28, had just left a Seventh-day Adventist

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Australia is cracking down on so-called orphanage tourism to prevent trafficking of children in South-East Asia, trying to tame demand from tourists wanting to do good, top politicians said on Monday.

Children in countries such as Cambodia are taken from their homes and put into

World Watch Monitor

Andrew Brunson got his first day in a Turkish court Monday to answer espionage charges. It will be three weeks until he gets his second.

The American-born Ps Brunson, pastor of a small Protestant church, told the court he denies any wrongdoing. He is accused

The World Council of Churches has again called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, urging the international community to find a way to "break the cycle of violence".

In a statement issued on Monday in the wake of US, UK and French missile strikes on suspected Syrian Government

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