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Following the news that Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother-of-five, has now been given a yet new date for her appeal, the fourth, against her death sentence for alleged blasphemy, a Pakistani Christian group based in the UK has launched a petition to help gain

US headquartered organisation Mission India is calling for Christians across the globe to join in a day of prayer for the country as its general election comes to a close.

Dave Stravers, president of the Michigan-based organisation, told Mission Network News that some people are of the belief the

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern over a Commission of Audit report recommendation that the level of foreign aid be "decoupled" from gross national income.

Managing director Lyle Shelton says the recommendation should be rejected and noted that the Australian Government made an

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Sources say that some of the 230 school girls abducted from Nigeria"s north-eastern town of Chibok more than two weeks ago have been transferred to neighboring Cameroon and Chad.

Burnt classrooms at Chibok Government Girls Secondary

A report on housing rental affordability in Australia has found what Anglicare Australia executive director Kasey Chambers has described as a "growing divide" between the well-off and those who are not.

The organisation's annual snapshot of rental affordability - released today - shows that housing

Rwandan President Paul Kagame joined with US pastor Rick Warren in a special celebration service at Saddleback Church in California last Saturday to honor the victims of the Rwandan genocide on its 20th anniversary and to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the country's partnership with the church.

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Armenian church leaders have called for recognition of the Armenian Genocide which saw more than a million Armenians killed by troops of the now defunct state, the Ottoman Empire, which had its headquarters in Turkey.

The genocide started in April 1915 with the 99th anniversary marked last week.

According to

Bhutanese pastors, Tandin Wangyal and Mon Thapa were released on bail from the Dorokha police station on 22nd April after being arrested on 5th March and held without formal charges.

The men were detained while they were carrying a sick child to a clinic in Khabdaney village, a place they


A tense calm has returned to Wenzhou in south-eastern China after thousands of Christians formed a new blockade to prevent government officials from starting to demolish the $US4.8 million Sanjiang Christian Church.

Rights investigators said a previous standoff ended when authorities signed an agreement with church leaders

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that it will contribute $20 million for the schooling of Syrian refugee children but says Australia's annual humanitarian intake of refugees should be lifted from 13,700 in response to the crisis.

Lyle Shelton, the ACL's managing director, said that with

Sydneysiders and Brisbanites are Australia"s most Biblically engaged people, according to an analysis of online visits to the world"s largest Christian website,

PICTURE: Dave Edmonds/

Data released by McCrindle Research shows that people living in Sydney and Brisbane visited more than those

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Islamic extremists from the insurgent Boko Haram who kidnapped more than 100 girls last night targeted a public high school in a predominantly Christian town, sources said.

In Borno state, in Nigeria"s predominantly Muslim northeast where Boko Haram is based, the

Christians from across denominations were among the thousands who marched in Australian capital cities yesterday in protest at the Federal Government's policy on asylum seekers.

DAY OF PROTEST: Some of those who attended the Melbourne march. PICTURE: David Adams

The protests, which took place in

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Two pastors in southern Bhutan have spent more than a month in jail without being formally charged.

Police arrested MB Thapa (aka Lobzang) and Tandin Wangyal in Khapdani village in Samtse District on 5th March.

A Canadian nun and two Italian priests have been kidnapped by armed men in northern Cameroon, a region which serves as a base for Nigeria"s radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

The Canadian nun, Gilberte Bussiere, 75, has been in Cameroon for nearly 40 years. The

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