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France goes on maximum alert after attack at church kills 3

PARIS (AP) – An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Nice, French authorities said, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level.

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalize ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of U.S.-brokered deals.

Baptists respond to pope’s endorsement of same-sex civil unions

NASHVILLE (BP) – In response to Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope, Southern Baptist leaders reiterated their commitment to the authority of the Bible’s teaching regarding sexuality and marriage.

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to organization led by former South Carolina governor

ROME (BP) – David Beasley was in a World Food Programme meeting in Niger, West Africa, when a team member came in and simply said “the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Permanent resettlement not a reality for 99 percent of refugees

Permanent resettlement is an elusive dream for many of the world’s 79.5 million forcibly displaced people. For some refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people, resettlement is as close as a lamp in the window of a neighboring house. For others, it is a light glimmering on the horizon. For most, the light of permanent resettlement is like chasing the setting sun.

Trump presides as Israel, 2 Arab states sign historic pacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to preside over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics and give him a boost ahead of the November U.S. election.

President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Thursday (Aug. 13) that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.

‘Never the same again’ after overseas experience, Merritt says

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SBC President James Merritt and Chinese believers pause to pray atop the Great Wall. China has 200 major cities with no Christian witness at all. Photo by Eric Turner
      RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--When James Merritt was first elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000, he set a goal of visiting all the International Mission Board's 15 overseas regions during the two years presidents usually serve.
      He accomplished his goal in May with a visit to China -- home to almost 500 people groups with little or no access to the good news of God's love.

Baptist volunteers to share food, hope among Palestinians

JERUSALEM (BP)--With anger, despair and hunger soaring among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, Southern Baptist volunteers are bringing food -- and hope.

‘Make God himself your passion,’ Rankin tells 67 new missionaries

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Lance and Sarah Cypert of Quitaque, Texas, were among 67 new Southern Baptist missionaries appointed May 21 by the International Mission Board. They are headed for overseas service in the IMB's Western South America region. Photo by Bill Bangham
      RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Success in God's kingdom comes not by just making plans, setting goals and working hard to achieve them, but by delighting in God, trusting Him with your life and waiting for Him to accomplish what He wants, 67 new Southern Baptist missionaries were told May 21.
      When, as a field missionary, he was challenged by Psalm 37:4 to identify the desires of his heart, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said his first thoughts included having more balance in his life, finding respite from his heavy workload and achieving better physical conditioning.