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Global Baptists responding to Pacific Rim disasters

Baptist relief agencies worked on several fronts to respond to humanitarian needs created by a series of tsunamis, earthquakes and tropical storms in Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands.

Baptists appeal for aid after typhoon hits Southeast Asia

Baptists in the Philippines are appealing to the global Baptist community for donations as they gear up for relief efforts in the wake of a Sept. 26 typhoon that has killed 300 people there and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Pakistani pastor asks world’s Baptists for prayer support

A pastor in Pakistan has asked his fellow Baptists around the world to pray for the nation’s beleaguered Christian community as it faces increasing pressure from the Muslim majority.

Faith leaders urge G-20 summit to remember the poor

U.S. religious leaders including the missions coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship said the Sept. 24-25 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh provided a unique opportunity to raise their concern about the plight of the world's poor.

Uzbek Baptist head, two other leaders face 3-year prison term

The head of Uzbekistan's Baptist union and two colleagues face up to three years in prison on charges of tax evasion and teaching children about religion without permission from their parents, a crime in the predominantly Muslim Central Asian country.

Shoes for Orphan Souls collects 2 millionth pair of shoes

Buckner International's Shoes for Orphan Souls ministry has collected its 2 millionth pair of shoes for needy children and families in the United States and around the world.

Former Rwandan Baptist pastor on trial for genocide

PORVOO, Finland (ABP) -- A former Rwandan Baptist pastor accused of genocide in the African country's 1994 massacres is standing trial in Finland.

Jerusalem mayor navigates sacred city’s religious politics

When Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat decided to open a municipal parking lot that had been closed on Saturdays, his office said he simply was being practical. But because ultra-Orthodox Jews consider driving on the Sabbath an abomination,  his decision sparked weeks of protests.

Uzbekistan charges Baptist camp with crimes

 Authorities in Uzbekistan cracked down on Baptists after a government-sponsored news agency ran articles alleging illegal religious activity at a summer camp for children.

Jimmy Carter says religion used to subjugate women

Former President Jimmy Carter has urged religious leaders to repudiate teachings that he says justify cruelty to women.

Jimmy Carter says Palestinians in Gaza treated 'like animals'

Former President Jimmy Carter is calling Israel's 2-year-old blockade of Gaza an atrocity and saying people there are being treated like animals. His remarks came during visits to Syria, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza following the Carter Center's observation of Lebanese elections June 7.
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