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Churches to Russia: We’re not leaving

St. Basil's Cathedral at Red Square in Moscow

Several U.S.-based religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia. The so-called “Yarovaya laws” make it illegal to preach, proselytize or hand out religious materials outside of specially designated places. The …

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Nigeria faces ‘gravest’ humanitarian crisis

Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten

Boko Haram violence has created a multifaceted humanitarian crisis in Nigeria that the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative (21CWI) and former Congressman Frank R. Wolf describe as the “gravest” in the world. The assessment is based on the 21CWI June report …

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Russian law would restrict evangelism

Russian churches

MOSCOW — A Russian law that would place significant limits on Christian evangelism is drawing opposition from religious organizations. Passed by both houses of Russia’s parliament within the past week and awaiting President Vladimir Putin’s signature, the bill has been …

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Closure of Kenyan refugee camp worries religious leaders

refugee camp

NAIROBI, Kenya — Religious leaders and humanitarian activists are urging the government to treat the mostly Muslim Somali migrants who are facing expulsion from the Dadaab refugee camp with dignity. The camp, one of the world’s largest, will be shut down this year, the …

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews scuffle with worshippers at Western Wall

Ultra-Orthodox Jews scuffle with worshippers at Western Wall

JERUSALEM — Dozens of young ultra-Orthodox men shoved, shouted and spat at Reform and Conservative Jewish worshippers who held a government-sanctioned mixed-gender prayer service in the Western Wall’s public plaza. A dozen policemen stood by but did not intervene as the …

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Christian convert near death in Iran prison

Nasim Naghash Zargaran

TEHRAN, Iran — A female Christian convert who worked with Saeed Abedini planting house churches years ago in Iran is on a hunger strike and near death in the harsh Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. Nasim Naghash Zargaran, also known …

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