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  • Egypt’s Copts weather new wave of attacks

    July 22 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Egypt’s Copts weather new wave of attacks

    Islamist assaults against Egypt’s largest minority, Coptic Christians, have claimed the lives of two priests in the Coptic Orthodox Church, a pharmacist who was beheaded and a baker. World Watch Monitor chronicled the murders and numerous other assaults on Copts in the past two months along with attacks on churches, homes and businesses.

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  • Failed coup leaves Turkey’s Christians on edge

    July 22 2016 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Failed coup leaves Turkey’s Christians on edge

    In the aftermath of a failed military coup, Christians in Turkey are likely to face increased scrutiny and more persecution, an international security expert said. An estimated 50,000-60,000 people – soldiers, police, judges, prosecutors, civil servants and teachers – have been fired or detained since the July 15 coup attempt, according to news reports.

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  • South Sudan’s crisis stirs call to prayer

    July 22 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    South Sudan’s crisis stirs call to prayer

    With South Sudan on the brink of renewed civil war, a Southern Baptist-led relief organization and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary remain unrelenting in their ministries there, amid what one aid worker called “a bigger humanitarian crisis than Syria.” “There is no hope other than Jesus,” said Ann Rao, founder of Living Water Community Transformation.

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  • North Korea threatens U.S. over new missile defense system

    July 22 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    North Korea threatens U.S. over new missile defense system

    North Korea is threatening the United States – again. The hermetically sealed nation vowed to sever its only diplomatic communication line and stage “powerful counter-action” over new sanctions on its leader and a planned missile detection system meant to prevent the totalitarian regime’s abuse of nuclear weaponry.

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  • Pence makes case for Trump; Cruz steals spotlight

    July 22 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pence makes case for Trump; Cruz steals spotlight

    Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence made a social conservative’s case for Donald Trump on the Republican National Convention’s third day, but the runner-up – Ted Cruz – grabbed the spotlight by refusing to endorse his party’s nominee. Pence accepted the nomination for vice president and offered reasons Trump should be trusted over Hillary Clinton.

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  • Multiethnic church pastor: peacemaker amid violence

    July 21 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Multiethnic church pastor: peacemaker amid violence

    With racial tension high in Baton Rouge, La., black pastor Vince Smith counts among his blessings his interracial marriage to Cassie and his pastorate of the multiethnic Circle Church. Smith considers himself a peacemaker comforting those who mourn, whether they have lost loved ones at the hands of police or at the hands of civilians.

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