Gay marriage backers rage against Australian Christians

International | Plus, don’t count ISIS out yet, pastor as political prisoner in Turkey, and other international news
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/29/17, 02:08 pm

AUSTRALIA: Christians are facing a truly astonishing amount of discrimination and abuse with a balloting survey underway through Nov. 7 on a measure to legalize same-sex marriage.

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More than 60 Rohingya drown after shipwreck

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/29/17, 10:35 am

The United Nations migration agency on Friday said more than 60 Rohingya Muslims fleeing by boat to Bangladesh are either confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead after a shipwreck in the Bay of Bengal. Spokesman Joel Millman said 23 refugees have been confirmed dead while 40 others are missing. Millman said about 80 people boarded the vessel, which drifted at sea for two days with no food and battled rough weather. More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Burma, also known as Myanmar, since renewed clashes on Aug 25.

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Iraqi Kurds await independence vote results

International | International groups warn the referendum could trigger more instability in Iraq
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/26/17, 01:43 pm

Iraqi Kurdish officials said more than 70 percent of Kurds showed up to vote in the region’s independence referendum Monday. As the Kurds await the results, the Iraqi government and several other regional leaders have threatened to respond forcefully if the push for independence continues. 

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