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21 Chibok girls freed in Boko Haram prisoner swap

21 Chibok girls freed

ABUJA, Nigeria — The Nigerian government has secured the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago, a Nigerian government official announced on Twitter today (Oct. 13). The kidnapping saga is part of the …

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France plans ban on pro-life websites

March for Life, Paris

The French government announced that it plans to ban pro-life websites found guilty of “deliberately deceiving” women with the appearance of neutrality. Under an amendment to a current “Equality and Citizenship” law, owners of pro-life sites could face a 30,000 …

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Scholars unwrap ancient biblical text

Text from charred artifact mirrors Old Testament

When archeologists in the 1970s found a charred scroll in the Holy Ark in the Synagogue of Ein Gedi, an ancient Hebrew town burned in A.D. 600, they never imagined they might be able to read it. But recent advancements …

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U.S. lawmakers plead for Mexico’s persecuted evangelicals

Mexico missionaries

Evangelical Christians in rural villages of southern Mexico have suffered persecution for decades. For many years, their suffering went unnoticed except by persecution watchdog groups like Christian Solidarity Worldwide, International Christian Concern (ICC), Open Doors, and Voice of the Martyrs. …

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Christians massacred in Central African Republic

Rebels in northern Central African Republic

NAIROBI, Kenya — Muslim militants slaughtered 26 civilians in a predominantly Christian village in the Central African Republic, the worst violence in the embattled country in months, sources said. Rebels from the former Seleka group attacked the village of Ndomete, …

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Teen is youngest legal euthanasia victim in Belgium

Teen is youngest legal euthanasia victim in Belgium

BRUSSELS, Belgium — A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to die of euthanasia in Belgium, the French news agency AFP reported Sunday (Sept. 18). Belgium lifted age restrictions on euthanasia in 2014, becoming the first country in …

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Number of refugees fleeing South Sudan tops one million

South Sudan refugees

LONDON — The number of South Sudanese who have fled their conflict-ridden homeland for a neighbouring country passed one million this week following renewed violence, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Most refugees are women and children, UNHCR …

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