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Christians have been forced to return to the internally displaced people camps they used after Islamic State took over the Nineveh Plains. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor

Fighting has erupted between Iraqi and Kurdish forces in a predominantly Christian town in

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Droughts wipe out enough produce to feed 81 million people every day for a year - equivalent to the population of Germany, the World Bank said on Tuesday.

Although it is floods that grab the headlines and trigger aid quickly, droughts have "shockingly

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Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief PICTURE: UNHCR

Uzbekistan should invest more time in protecting religious freedoms in its ongoing reforms rather than see religion as a threat, a UN expert has concluded after

International Bible organisation Biblica is partnering with world-renowned hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty as part of Biblica's campaign to share the Bible with a-million-and-one children around the world with God's Word during 2018.

The campaign will be launched in the US in December during the

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More and better data is needed to track progress in the global drive to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking as many victims - including people trafficked for their organs and child soldiers - are going uncounted, leading anti-slavery groups say.

About 40 million people

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An attack on a Coptic church in north-eastern Egypt, which was also targeted during the wave of anti-Christian violence in August, 2013, has been repelled by state security forces stationed outside the building.

The heavy security presence outside the Mar Girgis (St George) church in

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed an Australian Government decision to contribute an additional $10 million towards helping to address the Rohingya refugee crisis unfolding on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh but said it also needed to step up diplomatic pressure to resolve the situation.

It's estimated

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African political leaders, activists, and local chiefs joined forces on Monday to commit to ending child marriage in West and Central Africa, the region with the highest child marriage rate in the world.

More than a third of girls in the region are married under

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Rev William Avon Keen, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Virginia, joined conservative black clergy in launching a campaign n support of a Colorado baker who refused to create a cake for a gay wedding. PICTURE: RNS/Adelle M Banks

Conservative

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An Iranian convert to Christianity has been arrested in the western city of Dezful, the fourth such convert arrested in the city in recent weeks.

Abdol-Ali Pourmand was arrested on Saturday after a raid on his home two days before, during which materials including Bibles

Prison Fellowship International is teaming up with Bible League International in a new initiative to reach a million prisoners with the Gospel by the year 2020.

Under the initiative, BLI is donating 225,000 East-to-Read Version Prison Bibles to graduates of a Prison Fellowship evangelism and discipleship

Prominent Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng - believed to be held in custody in China - says the country now faces its “harshest and most brutal political oppression since the end of Mao Zedong’s rule".

In a commentary released earlier this month, the lawyer - best known for his work

Brooke Ligertwood was among winners at this year's GMA Dove Awards in the US.

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared “Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence” this week after the military killed two of the ring leaders behind the five-month assault on the city, but a religious freedom expert has warned the “killing of militant leaders does not destroy the

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed disappointment at the passing of new laws permitted assisted suicide through the lower house of the Victorian Parliament on Friday and urged upper house members to vote down what it says is "dangerous legislation".

Following a marathon session of 26 hours, MPs

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