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Burmese Baptists organize rally in DC against coup in Myanmar

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) — Clara Thethtet Tunwin had had enough.

Christian school in Liberia plans to rebuild after destruction

MONROVIA, Liberia (BP) – It wasn’t too long ago Eddie Gibson was visiting the Dellanna West O’Brien School in Liberia, ducking in and out of classrooms, talking and laughing with the teachers and students.

Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea scrolls

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday announced the discovery of dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave and believed hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago.

Christians in Congo face growing violence from Islamic extremists

EASTERN CONGO (BP) – Spiraling Islamic terrorism that has killed more than 100 people in a two-week span in the Democratic Republic of Congo is calling renewed attention to Christian persecution there.

Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the virus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race to find solutions.

First Christian arrested under new Indian ‘anti-conversion’ law

NEW DELHI (BP) – A Korean Christian and three nationals of India are in jail in Uttar Pradesh state, accused of fraudulent conversion attempts while distributing food and other aid to people in need due to the COVID-19 lockdown, sources said.

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.”