The new official tartan of the Church of Scotland. PICTURE: Via Church of Scotland.

The Church of Scotland has unveiled an official five colour tartan to mark its role as Scotland's national church.

Rev Iain Cunningham, convener of the church's World Mission Council

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The global fight over land and resources is getting increasingly bloody and the race for control of valuable assets is expanding from forests and indigenous territories to the seas, space and databanks.

Here are five hotspots for property rights in 2018:

1. Rising violence: From

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For the second year in a row, US President Trump and his conservative evangelical supporters topped the list of the 10 most important religion news stories of the year as compiled by the largest organisation of religion journalists in the US.

These so-called 'Trumpvangelicals' are enjoying

Christian leaders around the world have urged Christians to proclaim the "Good News" of Christ's birth this Christmas in a series of statements issued in the lead-up to 25th December.

In an "ecumenical letter", Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Anglican Communion, quoted a

More than 180 people have reportedly been killed as a fierce tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines with dozens more still missing.

The storm, dubbed Tembin but known as Vinta in The Philippines, brought with it flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao when it arrived on the

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Achol Mach Chiek, a 66-year-old woman, was last seen in the central town of Bor in December, 2013, at the start of South Sudan's most recent war.

She is among more than 5,000 victims of violence whose names appear in the "Remembering the Ones We

An unprecedented number of children will spend Christmas displaced from their homes as the globe faces four "enormous, ongoing and mostly ignored" crises, according to Tim Costello, chief advocate at World Vision Australia.

Rev Costello said that as Australians prepare for "feasting and festivities", they should remember the more than

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An image of a Syrian baby's striking scar trailing down what used to be his left eye has sparked a global campaign of solidarity, with people around world posting photos on Twitter of themselves covering one eye.

Amer Almohibany, a Syrian freelance photojournalist documenting Syria's

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In July, 2017, Christian villagers of Kom El-Loufy met with a number of MPs to discuss the issue of not having a church in their village. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor.

Copts in the Egyptian town of Kom El-Loufy, Upper Egypt,

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Some 19 people have been injured after a four wheel drive collided with numerous pedestrians in Melbourne this afternoon.

Police said the incident took place in front of Flinders Street railway station at about 4.41pm and that the 32-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested

The US-based producer of an award-winning Christian audio series is offering churches and small groups the chance to show a free video telling the Christmas story and explaining why Christmas has, for many, been "relegated to a sort of Santa Claus tale".

Bill Heid, executive producer of

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Barbara Blaine, left, president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and Barbara Dorris protest in front of the diocesan authorities headquarter in Munich, southern Germany, in 2010. The members of the US-based group arrived in Munich that day to encourage

The Jesus Film Project recently celebrated the 1,500th language translation of the JESUS film at a remote location in Ethiopia.

A crowd of hundreds gathered early last month for the premiere of the Daasanach translation of the film, a language spoken by an ethnic group numbering about 70,000

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More than 140 evangelical Christian women from across the political and theological spectrums have signed onto a statement calling churches to end the silence around violence against women and the church’s participation in it.

The statement, released on Wednesday, is accompanied by the

Angels on stilts, real camels and hosting nativity plays in a barn are just some of the increasingly creative ways churches in the UK are looking to use in a bid to draw a crowd at Christmas, according to UK-based insurance company Ecclesiastical.

The company, which insures the majority

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