Pakistan bans honor killings, support for murderers persists

October 27 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service

This week in Lahore, Pakistan, a court freed a Muslim man charged with double murder after he forgave himself and his two accomplices. Leveraging a longtime Islamic tradition, Faqueer Muhammad claimed family pardon and legal “forgiveness” for himself, along with his son and nephew, for the so-called “honor” killing of his daughter and her lover.

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U.S. missionary kidnapped in Niger

October 26 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service

Gunmen kidnapped an American missionary from his home in central Niger and killed two other people. The incident is the first reported kidnapping of an American in the region. The attackers stormed into Jeffery Woodke’s home in the town of Abalak, killing his guard and housekeeper, Niger’s interior ministry said.

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Boko Haram attacks after freeing 21 Chibok girls

October 26 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

As many as 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing after Boko Haram attacked a military base in northeastern Nigeria and destroyed a village bordering Chibok just days after the negotiated release of Chibok schoolgirls. The Nigerian government has downplayed the continuing strength of Boko Haram as the jihadists continue to attack and capture remote towns.

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U.N. set to appoint global LGBT advocate

October 25 2016 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda is gaining traction at the United Nations, as the international organization prepares to vote on appointing an “independent expert” on preventing violence and discrimination.

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48 Christians killed by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria

October 24 2016 by Morning Star News, Nigeria Correspondent

Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 48 Christians and injured eight others in two separate attacks in northwestern Nigeria in October and September, area leaders said. At least 40 Christians were killed in an attack in the predominantly Christian town of Godogodo, Kaduna, and another eight were slaughtered in the same town three weeks earlier.

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France prepares to dismantle port-city migrant camp

October 21 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service

In October, the British government announced it will accept hundreds of refugee children from a squalid camp on the French side of the English Channel. The decision came in response to international pressure to “fulfill its moral obligation” to find homes for migrant minors with documented family links in Britain.

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Asia Bibi appeal postponed amid tensions in Pakistan

October 14 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The appeal for Asia Bibi, was postponed after one of three justices set to hear the case recused himself. Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman said he might be biased in his decision because he had heard all the details of a related case against Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed in February for killing one of Bibi’s most outspoken supporters.

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21 Chibok girls freed in Boko Haram prisoner swap

October 14 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

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. The kidnapping saga is part of the continuing horrors in Nigeria caused by the terror group, with an estimated 25,000 people killed by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

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Archaeologists uncover city gate destroyed by Hezekiah

October 14 2016 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service

King Hezekiah abhorred the idol worship rampant in Judah. When he began his reign as the nation’s 12th king, Hezekiah “removed the high places ...,” according to 2 Kings 18:4. Now, archaeologists have uncovered a city gate-shrine they believe Hezekiah’s men demolished at the city of Lachish in the eighth century B.C.

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Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist relief

October 12 2016 by Margaret Colson, Baptist Press

Florida Baptists are already on site providing aid in Haiti, where nearly 1,000 people have died from Hurricane Matthew and scores more are sickened by cholera. Craig Culbreth, the Florida Baptist Convention’s catalyst for missions and ministries, said the state’s Disaster Relief volunteers are already on the ground assessing need and strategizing response.

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