International

78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

February 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers have signed a letter calling for the release of Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen believed to have been jailed for his Christian faith in Turkey where he had pastored more than 23 years.

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25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

February 22 2017 by Morning Star News, Sudan correspondent

State officials in Sudan plan to demolish at least 25 church buildings in the Khartoum area, according to Christian leaders. The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, but Christian leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.

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Trump noncommittal to two-state Mideast solution

February 17 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The United States has officially supported separate Jewish and Palestinian states for 15 years but Trump called that stance into question at a joint White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump told reporters he is “looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.”

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Dead Sea Scrolls: New cave joins the saga

February 13 2017 by Art Toalston & Rob Collingsworth

A major discovery related to the Dead Sea Scrolls has been announced – a cave where some of the ancient scrolls once were placed. Archaeologists previously had listed 11 caves where Dead Sea Scrolls texts had been found. Now there’s a 12th cave – though the cave had been looted during the mid-20th century and its scrolls taken.

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Canadian study touts euthanasia’s cost ‘benefit’

February 10 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service

Canada legalized euthanasia in June 2016, declaring assisted suicide a humane way to end the suffering of already dying patients. Opponents warned it wouldn’t be a far jump from legalizing euthanasia to manipulating patients into believing they have an obligation to die and stop draining medical system resources.

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Swedish midwife still fighting employer’s abortion mandate

February 10 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service

A third court in late January heard the case of a Christian Swedish midwife denied employment because of her pro-life convictions. Despite the support of international laws granting medical professionals in Europe the right to freedom of conscience, the midwife, Ellinor Grimmark, has faced an uphill battle defending her rights.

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Christian charged with blasphemy, 106 Muslims acquitted

February 8 2017 by Morning Star News staff

A 70-year-old Christian in Pakistan was jailed on blasphemy charges on the same day 106 Muslims accused in a 2013 attack on a Christian colony were acquitted. A mosque leader accused Mukhtar Masih of writing two letters containing derogatory remarks about the Koran and Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, police records show.

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First baby girl born with three parents

February 2 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service

In early January, a mother in Ukraine gave birth to a baby girl with DNA from three parents – two women and one man. She is the second baby known to be born from modern mitochondrial replacement therapy, but her birth is a first in several other ways.

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Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

February 1 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Persecution against Christians is ranked “extreme” and “severe” in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S. Six of the countries are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest.

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Trump immigration order draws protests, support

January 31 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Following President Trump’s executive order temporarily limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Southern Baptists reasserted their commitment to seek a balance between compassion and national security in immigration policy. Among Southern Baptist leaders to respond to Trump’s order and ensuing protests across America were Russell Moore, Frank S. Page and Bryant Wright.

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