Is the end nigh for Palestinian Christians?

A church service begins in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. Worshipers descend the stone stairs, worn smooth by millions of pilgrims over the centuries, down into the Grotto — the spot Christians believe Jesus was born. Incense fills the small stone room, which is noticeably warmed by the multitude of candles. An Armenian Apostolic priest begins to perform sacred rituals […]

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Syria regime accused of chemical attack in rebel enclave

At least 21 people, including children, suffered breathing difficulties Monday, a monitor said, in a suspected Syrian regime chemical attack on a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus. United Nations inspectors have accused President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of being behind multiple deadly poison gas attacks during the country’s devastating seven year war. Monday’s attack targeted the city of Douma in the […]

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Trudeau bans anti-abortion funding

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has established a policy mandating that groups that apply for youth employment grants support abortion rights. The policy has angered religious groups from many faiths as well as drawn ire from American conservatives. Canada Summer Jobs grant applicants must check a box on their forms stating they support human rights, including “reproductive rights”. Mr Trudeau has […]

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A German hacker offers a rare look inside the secretive world of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

A lone figure in a black hoodie and jeans breaks off from the pack. “Too many biometric details,” says Andy Müller-Maguhn, eyeing the cameras on the timesaving devices. He has come here, as he does most months, to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the world’s most controversial purveyor of government secrets. For most of the past six years, Assange […]

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North Korea imposes more demands on South Korea

A week after North Korea said it would send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, the regime’s demands have taken on a sinister pattern. Reports emerged Tuesday that North Korea demanded the South return defectors who fled the totalitarian regime. That came after requiring that South Korea pay the North’s Olympic costs and an agreement by the United […]

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Prominent Kosovo Serb politician assassinated

Leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday that is likely to reignite tensions between Pristina and Belgrade. The assassination occurred on the very day that Serbia and Kosovo had resumed talks on normalising ties after a hiatus of more than a year. The Serbian government official in charge of Kosovo, Marko Djuric, said the […]

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Israel slams Palestinian leader Abbas for anti-Trump speech

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had “lost his senses” following his fiery speech against President Donald Trump. Lieberman told Israel’s Army Radio that Abbas’ address symbolized his giving up on the prospect of peace negotiations and opting instead for a confrontation with both Israel and the United States. Abbas sharply escalated his […]

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NATO chief: UN convention won’t rid world of nuclear arms

NATO’s secretary general says the military alliance supports the idea of a world without nuclear weapons, but doesn’t believe it can be achieved by imposing a ban through the United Nations convention on nuclear weapons. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a speech at a security conference in Sweden on Sunday that ridding the world of nuclear weapons requires a […]

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