HISTORIC MEETING BETWEEN POPE AND INFLUENTIAL MUSLIM LEADERS

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By Mike Burnard The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb, and Pope Francis signed on Monday [4 February] a document on human fraternity at the end of the Global Conference of Human Fraternity, which was held in Abu Dhabi, in the UAE. The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together seeks to…

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IRANIANS MARK 40 YEARS SINCE THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

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By Alex Pollock Since the revolution, which unified the country [Iran] against the Shah, the country appears today to be more divided between the hardliners, who believe in the strict implementation of laws from 40 years ago, and the reformists who are pushing for more economic transparency and more freedoms among its population. (Aljazeera) Commemorating…

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EGYPT’S SISI TO CHAIR AFRICAN UNION

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By Hannes Bosman and Donnelly McCleland Rwandan President Paul Kagame Sunday [on 10 February] handed over the African Union chairmanship to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The ceremony was the climax of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia….

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THOUSANDS DECRY ANTI-SEMITISM IN FRANCE

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20 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Thousands of people rallied across France after a surge of anti-Semitic attacks in recent weeks that culminated on Tuesday with vandals daubing swastikas and anti-Jewish slogans on dozens of graves in a Jewish cemetery. Political leaders from all parties, including former Presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, gathered in Paris…

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PAKISTAN URGES UN TO INTERVENE OVER KASHMIR

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19 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Pakistan’s foreign minister appealed to the U.N. Secretary General on Tuesday to help ease tension with India that has escalated sharply following a suicide bomb attack in the Indian part of disputed Kashmir, that India blamed on Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing an election by May, has warned…

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SAUDI CROWN PRINCE PLEDGES $20 BILLION TO PAKISTAN

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18 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan, where tensions were flaring up with nuclear-armed rival India. Kicking off his tour of South Asia and China with a far higher Pakistan investment than expected, the…

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WEEK 3: To Whom You Belong

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“You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.” (Ephesians 2:19, NLT)   Due to my past and the lifestyle I lived before I came to know Christ, I still carried around the shame of everything I did. I felt as Paul did in 1 Timothy 1:15 where…

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IRANIAN REVOLUTION AT 40

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14 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: NYT) – In February of 1979, Tehran was in chaos. A cancer-stricken Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Western-backed autocrat, had gone into exile in mid-January, leaving behind a rickety regency council. On Feb. 1, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the godfather of the revolution, returned from exile in Paris. And in the Iranian version…

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FRESH PROTESTS CALLS FOR “PEOPLES REVOLUTION” IN SUDAN

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13 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) –  Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering in different Sudanese cities, protesting against autocratic President Omar al-Bashir. Tuesday’s demonstrations were called by the Sudanese Professionals Association, an umbrella of independent professional unions. Video footage shows demonstrators gathering at intersections chanting “just fall,” and calling for a “people’s revolution.” The current wave of…

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