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Republican lawmakers grant $1.1 billion for Zika fight

Congress | Amid Democratic protest, GOP passes funding to defend public health
Posted 6/23/16, 04:08 pm

WASHINGTON—The House passed a Republican bill early Thursday morning that gave $1.1 billion to the Zika virus crisis, angering the White House and Democrats with the bill’s budget-cuts and limited funding.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the bill “important progress in our efforts to protect Americans from the Zika virus.”

Ryan called for the vote to halt the Democrats’ heated gun-control protest in the House. At 3 a.m. Thursday morning, the House voted on several bills waiting to be passed this week and approved the Zika crisis funding 239-171.

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Gunman pledges allegiance to ISIS before attacking Orlando club

Shooting | Investigators are looking into shooter’s possible connections to international terror group
Posted 6/12/16, 02:24 pm

In what has been deemed the worst U.S. terrorist attack since 9/11, a gunman opened fire in an Orlando nightclub, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53 more. Before launching his attack, the gunman called 911 and pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

The terror began at 2 a.m. Sunday. After a brief shootout with law enforcement officers, the gunman went inside the club, where more than 300 people had gathered, and held hostages before opening fire.

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Photograph by Mindy Belz

Original mission church

Houses of God | Malumfashi, Nigeria
Posted 2/27/12, 01:03 am

Missionaries with SIM (Serving in Mission) constructed in the 1930s the original mission church in Malumfashi, Nigeria. Muslim gangs destroyed a newer, larger church-along with a clinic, housing, and 25 vehicles-on the site following the election of President Goodluck Jonathan in April 2011. Christians now meet in the old mission church again, with 500 attending Sunday services, many in overflow chairs outside.

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