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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: 2017 Annual Report. PICTURE: USCIRF

The US State Department should add Russia to its list of the worst violators of religious freedom, a US commission declared in its annual report.

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Some of the workers at Erbil’s new sweet factory. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor, 2017

In his new factory, surrounded by sesame seeds, pistachios and sugar, Rabeea dips his spatula into a large vat of honey-coloured syrup. He’s checking its consistency

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“Among Americans: How much of the Bible have you personally read?” Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research

The Bible may be a source of wisdom for many Americans but most don’t read it for themselves, a new survey shows.

More than half have

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A woman whose husband died intercepting one of the suicide bombers who attacked churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday has told Egyptian TV she completely forgives his killer, causing the news anchor to exclaim that Copts “are made from a different substance”.

Naseem Faheem, the guard at

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Ethiopia’s northern Tigray State is considering adopting a new law that would restrict Christian activities to within official church compounds, rendering illegal the activities of smaller churches that do not own their own buildings and gather in houses.

The law, if passed, would most affect

The Ugandan Government has called off the search for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony who came to worldwide prominence after a short film about his group's atrocities went viral in 2012.

Kony leads the so-called Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), an armed group which operated in northern Uganda and southern Sudan,

The organisers of Australia's National Day of Prayer and Fasting are once again calling for people around the world to fast and pray for the US.

Coming as US Vice-President Mike Pence visited Australia, the call for five days of prayer and fasting for the US - from

UK R&B artist Lavine Hudson who died at the age of 55.

 

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On Thursday, after failing in his bid for re-election as Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as “Ahok”, heard that he should at least avoid prison over alleged blasphemy charges.

Prosecutors have downgraded the blasphemy charges against him and recommend that, if he is found guilty, Ahok

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to withdraw taxpayer support of an art event, described as a "bloody, sacrificial ritual", being held as part of a Hobart-based arts festival.

The three hour '150 Action' show, directed by Hermann Nitsch, is being held on 17th June at

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At least 12 worshippers were killed and many more were injured when suspected Fulani herdsmen opened fire on Easter Saturday evening, 15th April, in a village in the Christian-dominated south of Nigeria’s Kaduna state.

The local Catholic bishop, Joseph Danlami Bagobiri of Kafanchan, accused the

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An Egyptian Christian boy murdered on Holy Thursday (13th April) was killed by Islamic extremists hoping to further intimidate Christians in the run up to Easter, say his family.

Allam Bashay Gabriel found his 16-year-old son, Gamal, with his throat slit and lying in a

Laws banning the advertising of gambling services during live sporting events on Australian TV would be a "welcome first step toward protecting children from the harmful influence of gambling", according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

Lyle Shelton, managing director of the ACL, says advertising for sports betting should

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The White House said on Tuesday it is reaching out to the Vatican to set up a possible meeting President Trump and Pope Francis, little more than a year after they clashed over Mr Trump's proposed anti-immigration wall between the United States and Mexico.

"We will be

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Preliminary results suggest that Jakarta’s Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (better known as “Ahok”), has failed in his re-election bid, as his trial for “blasphemy” goes on.

Ahok is accused of insulting a Qur’anic verse during a campaign speech. Hard-line Islamist groups have rallied large crowds against

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