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Anti-Muslim militia attacks UN in Central African Republic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/04/18, 10:45 am

Militants with the mostly Christian anti-Balaka group in the Central African Republic killed one United Nations peacekeeper and injured 11 others during an attack on a UN base, the organization confirmed. UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the militants attacked the temporary base in Tagbara, and peacekeepers engaged them in a gun battle that lasted several hours. The peacekeeping mission reported that more than 22 militants died in the fighting. The Central African Republic fell into chaos in 2013 after the Muslim Seleka rebel group overthrew the Christian government.

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Mindy Belz

Starting from zero

Iraq | Iraq’s Nineveh churches are retaking their towns from years of ISIS control, without guarantees of money, safety, or a future
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/29/18, 10:54 am

Father Georges Jahola sits hunched over his laptop, his clerical collar just visible underneath a jacket he’s forgotten to remove. The parish priest is studying spreadsheets and cadastral maps of his hometown in Nineveh Plain, Qaraqosh, while men and women scurry in and out of his office, questions flying amid a shuffle of papers in Syriac, Arabic, and English.

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Rebel mortars kill dozens in Damascus

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/21/18, 11:14 am

At least 43 people died and 35 others sustained injuries late Tuesday when mortar fire struck a market district in the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to state media. The death toll is one of the highest from a single attack among recent clashes in the country. The assault took place in the government-controlled Kashkol neighborhood. Witnesses told Al-Ikhbariya TV the attack happened during rush hour at the market a day before the country marked Mother’s Day. Hospital director Mohammed Haytham al-Husseini told state television the majority of the casualties were women and children.

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