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HODEIDA CEASEFIRE GOES INTO FORCE AFTER FIGHTING

18 DEC (SOURCE: AP) –  T A cease-fire went into force early Tuesday in Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida after intense fighting between government-allied forces and Shiite rebels erupted shortly before the U.N.-brokered truce took hold in the contested city, Yemeni officials said.They said artillery shelling and heavy machine gun fire shook districts in the south and east of the strategic city late Monday in the final hour before the cease-fire took effect at midnight.

Armoured vehicles of the Yemeni pro-government forces are seen driving past destruction in an industrial district in the eastern outskirts of the port city of Hodeida on November 18, 2018, during the ongoing battle for control of the city from the Huthi rebels. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

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THOUSANDS MARCH AGAINST INCREASING AUTHORITARIAN RULE IN HUNGARY

17 DEC 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Thousands of Hungarians thronged the streets of Budapest on Sunday in the fourth and largest protest in a week against what they see as the increasingly authoritarian rule of right-wing nationalist Viktor Orban. Braving sub-zero temperatures, setting off flares and waving Hungarian and European Union flags, about 10,000 demonstrators walked from historic Heroes’ Square toward parliament and then state TV in a march dubbed “Merry Xmas Mr. Prime Minister.” The march was largely peaceful until police fired tear gas at protesters jostling outside the TV station late at night. Footage showed people crouching and blinded by the gas. The demonstration was organized by opposition parties, students, and trade unions to demand a free media, withdrawal of a labor law increasing overtime, and an independent judiciary.

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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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PROJECT HERO

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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