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MURDER OF SYRIAN POLITICIAN HIGHLIGHTS RISK FOR MINORITIES
17 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: CRUX) – When Hevrin Khalaf, a young Syrian politician and advocate on behalf of women and religious and ethnic minorities in Kurdistan, was murdered by a Turkish-backed fringe group on Saturday amid Turkey’s new offensive in Syria, her death sparked outcry from around the world.
HOW RUSSIA IS FILLING THE GAP LEFT BY THE U.S. IN SYRIA
16 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: INDEPENDENT) Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria has started to change the balance of power in the war-torn country where regional and international powers have long been involved in a complex situation. Russian troops have now moved into northern Syria to fill the security vacuum left by the United States, and Syrian government forces are taking over areas previously controlled by US-backed Kurdish fighters. The majority of Washington’s foreign policy elite see the evolving situation as a big win for the Russian and Syrian governments, and a loss for the United States. However, experts argue that there has been no good reason for the United States to remain in Syria and the withdrawal should have eventually happened.
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.
LOADSHEDDING: MAKING US BITTER, OR MAKING US BETTER - A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
18 OCTOBER 2019 – A main topic of discussion among many South Africans in recent days has been LOADSHEDDING. South Africa has suffered some of the worst power cuts in several years (earlier in the year and recently) and residents have expressed frustration with the electricity utility company, Eskom, as they battle to keep the lights on. Sadly, for many Christians, loadshedding is a practical reality that has little to do with spirituality. But life’s unexpected challenges have a way of affecting our spirituality by making us either a better person or a bitter person.
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