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.


Gaza Baptist church caught in crossfire between Israeli troops, Hamas militants

Fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants has damaged a Baptist church in Gaza.

Religious abuse continues in Iraq, commission says

Iraq should be designated as a “country of particular concern” because its government tolerates the abuse of religious communities, according to the U.S. Commission on Interna-tional Religious Freedom.

Baptist groups send aid to Gaza victims

Baptist World Aid, the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, gave an initial grant of $10,000 for medical treatment of people who have fled the fighting in Gaza.

Baptist groups send aid to Gaza victims

A three-member medical team from Hungarian Baptist Aid is in Egypt, helping both Palestinians and Israelis affected by the current Gaza crisis.

Gaza Baptist Church damaged in air strike

An Israeli air strike at Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip seriously damaged Gaza Baptist Church on New Year's Day.  The Israeli offensive was launched Dec. 27 after a week in which more than 200 rockets struck southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

Russian Baptists mourn death of Orthodox leader

A Russian Baptist leader praised Patriarch Alexey II of the Russian Orthodox Church, who died Dec. 5, as a creator of "peace and consensus" during the post-communist and post-Soviet years in Russia.

Baptists in Russian town claim bureaucrats restricting religious freedom

Baptists in the town of Lipetsk, Russia, claim local authorities are using bureaucratic methods to restrict their activity.

Baptist missionaries aid homeless Congo families

International Mission Board missionaries and church partners have distributed nearly three tons of rice and beans to more than 300 homeless families in the Congo in recent days.

Activity reported on anti-conversion bill in Sri Lanka

Religious freedom advocates worry that an anti-conversion bill making its way through Sri Lanka's Parliament could be used to justify discrimination against the small South Asian country's Christian minority.

Azerbaijani pastor on trial released to house arrest

A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan was released Nov. 6 until Nov. 17, when his trial on what supporters say are bogus charges was scheduled to resume.

CBF provides $10,000 in relief for escalating crisis in Congo

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has given $10,000 to ease the growing humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where increased violence from rebel fighters is killing thousands of civilians and forcing even more to flee to refugee camps and neighboring African countries.

Baptist leaders from Russia, Georgia seek reconciliation

Baptist leaders from Russia and Georgia met recently in Kiev to pursue improved relations between Baptists in the two countries, marred by war earlier this year.

Baptist pastor’s trial begins; Azerbaijanis claim intimidation

A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan, arrested in June on what his defenders say was a trumped-up charge, was scheduled to stand trial beginning Oct. 31.
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