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Religious leaders say time running out for Palestinian Christians

Religious leaders warned President Obama that continuing strife between Palestinians and Israelis threatens to wipe out a Christian presence in the Holy Land.
       

Obama, in speech to world’s Muslims, touts religious freedom, cooperation

In a highly anticipated speech to the world’s Muslims he delivered in Egypt June 4, President Obama called on his host government and other Muslim countries to protect the rights of religious minorities in their midst.
       

Baptists minister to war victims in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's government has declared victory in its 26-year civil war, but a resulting humanitarian crisis is far from over. BWAid Director Paul Montacute asked Baptists worldwide to support Sri Lankan Baptists in helping those in need by donating to BWAid's Emergency Relief Fund.
       

Religious freedom panel adds Nigeria to list of world's worst violators

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom added Nigeria to its list of the world's worst violators of religious freedom in an annual report released May 1.
       

Violence mars Easter in northern Nigeria

Easter Sunday turned violent in two cities in Nigeria's northern state of Niger, when young people presumed to be fundamentalist Muslims burned churches in Gwada, while Christian young people in the state capital of Mina defended a Baptist church from a similar fate.
       

Police raid Baptist home in Azerbaijan

A Baptist minority in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan continues to face run-ins with police. In the latest, reported by the Baptist World Alliance April 2, charged three Baptists with "illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths."
       

Evangelical groups protest religion law in Kyrgyz Republic

Evangelical leaders in the Kyrgyz Republic are protesting a new religion law they say significantly restricts religious freedom in the officially secular country.
       

Wayland researchers team up to provide pure water for Third World

Wayland Baptist University’s School of Math & Sciences is joining forces with the School of Business and Wayland’s Missions Center to put lab work into practical use—providing pure water to people in developing nations.
       

Russian Baptists denounce smear campaign

Headline reads 'Russian Baptists are for Maslakov!' (RUECB)
Russian Baptists denounced the injection of religion into politics after a bogus newspaper circulated in a mayoral race falsely identified a candidate as a Baptist in an effort to besmirch his character.
       

Panel says: Confront China about weapons flowing to Sudan

A federal religious freedom watchdog panel is urging President Obama to step up efforts to maintain the fragile peace between northern and southern Sudan.
       

Baptist, Orthodox leaders hold groundbreaking talks in Europe

European Baptist and Orthodox scholars convened Feb. 8-11 in talks aimed to promote understanding between two Christian groups often at odds over issues like proselytizing and the separation of church and state.
       

Assyrians appeal for autonomous region in Iraq

A Middle Eastern ethnic umbrella organization has written U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden asking them to push for an autonomous region for Assyrians in Iraq.
       

Australian Baptists begin response to devastating Victoria bush fires

Australian Baptists were responding Feb. 10 to what has already become the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in the nation’s history.
       

Canadian courts to test the boundaries between polygamous & same-sex unions

A landmark court case will test whether Canada’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage also justifies the practice of polygamy.
       

Deadly Zimbabwe cholera outbreak crime against humanity, group says

The cholera outbreak that has killed thousands in Zimbabwe should be considered a crime against humanity and laid at the feet of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, an international doctors’ group said in a new report.

       
 
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