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Facebook apologised on Wednesday after users posting about a deadly earthquake in Indonesia on the social media platform saw their messages decorated with images of balloons and confetti.

A 6.9 magnitude quake struck the tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, killing at least 347 people

Two Baptist youth pastors were reportedly beaten by army-backed militia in Myanmar last week, according to Morning Star News sources.

The news organisation reports that sources told them the two Kachin youth pastors - Mading Zaidan Bawm Ying and Lagyi Naw Awn - were beaten with rifle butts by

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Part of a Protestant church in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, has been demolished to make way for a wider road, despite the local court being yet to announce its verdict on the proposal, AsiaNews reports.

A wing of the Emmanuel Church, which belongs to the Church

Some 117,000 Venezuelans have already claimed asylum in other countries this year - more than for the whole of last year - as people in the South American nation continue to face widespread food and medical shortages, skyrocketing inflation and political unrest and violence.

UN refugee agency, UNHCR,

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After the slipping Turkish lira nosedived dramatically on Monday, losing a record five per cent of its value in one day, unnamed Turkish diplomatic sources confirmed to CNNTURK on Tuesday that a government delegation from Ankara is heading to Washington within two days to discuss

Hundreds of Christians took part in a procession in the town of Karamles on the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq on Monday evening in commemoration of the moment they were forced to flee their homes as so-called Islamic State took over their communities four years ago.

Christians in

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Thousands of people in Laos, whose homes were swept away when a dam burst, are sheltering in areas contaminated by landmines, humanitarians said, as floods and mud hamper aid delivery.

The United Nations said on Monday that 34 people were reported dead,

A rare medieval Bible has been returned to Canterbury Cathedral in England, 500 years since it went missing during the Reformation.

The Lyghfield Bible. PICTURE: National Memorial Heritage Fund.

Now known as the Lyghfield Bible after the 16th century monk from Canterbury who

Progress toward a nuclear free world have "stalled" the top UN disarmament official said on Monday, the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Speaking at a ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on behalf of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN's high representative for

The death toll from Sunday's earthquake on the Indonesia island of Lombok has risen to at least 98 with many more still missing.

The Indonesian Government's National Disaster Mitigation Agency has reportedly said it expects the toll, which also includes hundreds of injured, to climb further as debris is cleared. The


US-based Willow Creek Community Church announced it will commission an independent investigation of sexual harassment allegations against founding pastor Bill Hybels, a day after one of the two pastors who succeeded Hybels resigned over the church’s handling of the matter.

Heather Larson, lead pastor at the influential

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Chinese authorities have demolished a church in Jinan, Shandong province, to make way for further development of the area, Catholic news agency UCAN reports.

Liangwang Catholic Church was legally registered with the religious administration. So was Shilihe Church, of the same diocese, demolished earlier this

More than 1,500 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in the first seven months of this year - with more than 850 people killed in June and July alone, according to the UN refugee agency.

Figures from UNHCR show that about 60,000 people have

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Pastor Sagar Baizu, 46, had finished one meeting and had an hour before the next one, so he decided to stop at a café on a major thoroughfare in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on 19th July.

As he was about to sip a coffee in

The Salvation Army is urging Australians to support efforts to help farmers in the country's east facing the worst drought in more than 100 years.

The organisation has deployed rural chaplains and other personnel to drought-affected areas, visiting farmers and rural communities and providing assistance including food hampers, helping with




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