Democratic Republic of Congo
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Congo begins Ebola vaccination campaign

by Jim Henry & Leigh Jones
Posted 5/22/18, 10:32 am

Health officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo began a new vaccination campaign Monday in a bid to stop the spread of the latest Ebola outbreak. Doctors have 7,500 doses of an experimental serum known as RVSV ZEBOV and plan to vaccinate anyone who has come into contact with patients infected with the deadly virus. At least 27 people have died in Congo’s Equator province and officials believe nearly 50 more have contracted Ebola.

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American pastor disavows charges in Turkish court

International | Andrew Brunson’s trial on espionage and terrorism-related allegations begins
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 4/17/18, 02:35 pm

The trial of American pastor and missionary Andrew Brunson began Monday in Turkey. U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback were present.

Turkish authorities indicted Brunson in March on espionage and terrorism-related charges. He served as a pastor in Turkey for 23 years until his arrest and detainment in late 2016. If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison.

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Christians fear ISIS fighters in Gaza

International | Clashes persist between Palestinians and Israeli Defense Forces
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/11/18, 04:58 pm

GAZA: Amid ongoing clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters, reports that Islamic State (ISIS) militants have entered Gaza through Egypt and the Sinai Peninsula have created fear among local Christians. About 1,000 remain in the Hamas-ruled enclave, down from an estimated 4,500 Christians living there six years ago.

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