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INDIA’S RULING PARTY SUFFERS DEFEAT IN KEY STATES

12 DEC (SOURCE: INDEPENDENTS) –  The ruling party of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi has suffered a major setback just a few months before a general election, trailing the rival Congress Party in three key state polls.

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ATTACKS CONTINUE AS IRAQ MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE DEFEATING ISIS

11 DEC 2018 (SOURCE: VOA) – In the desert outside Mosul there is a giant sinkhole, once thought a natural wonder, with stories about it going back for generations. There are believed to be as many as 10,000 or more bodies decomposing inside, unceremoniously dumped by Islamic State militants, after or during the killings. And as Iraq marks the first anniversary of its victory over IS, this area is still strewn with so many bombs that authorities do not expect to recover those remains soon, if at all. But in places formerly controlled by IS, locals say they are more worried about their future than the past. Militants may have lost almost all of their territory, but attacks continue and residents fear the group will once again rekindle its campaign of all-out violence.

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CHURCHES BURNED AND CHRISTIANS TARGETED IN INDIA?

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

“Brothers and sisters, urgent prayer request. Pray for the Church in India. Buddhist extremists in India burned down 20 churches last night. Tonight want to destroy more than 200 churches in Olisabang province. They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours. All Christians are hiding in villages… Pray for them and send this message to all Christians you know. 

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THE REBRANDING OF ISLAM: A FORECAST OF A CHANGING FAITH

5 OCTOBER 2018 – Islam is at a cross-roads and secular Muslim voices calling for a rebranding of Islam have increased, become louder, stronger and – more importantly – more authoritative. The call is no longer to ‘reinvent’ Islam but to ‘rebrand’ the religion. It is no longer about transforming what Muslims believe on the inside – it has now become a matter of changing what non-Muslims perceive from the outside.

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Helping to ensure the future of the Church in Syria

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PROJECT X-MILE

Individuals supporting mission projects through sport

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PROJECT EAGLES WINGS

Supporting Chinese missionaries in reaching the world

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PROJECT LIVING BREAD

Providing solar-powered audio Bibles to illiterate (oral) communities in the Arab world

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PROJECT DOTA

Training leaders in South-central Asia

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PROJECT CEDAR TREE

Relief work among refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

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