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A fantastical Chinese winter festival

International | Plus, an explosion in Paris, Saudi asylum-seeker now calls Canada home, and other international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/14/19, 11:17 am

CHINA: If possible, the Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival gets more fantastical every year.

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Sharing a bitter cup

Persecution | Government oppression continues for China’s Early Rain Church
by June Cheng
Posted 1/10/19, 11:22 am

On Wednesday, a month after authorities raided Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, police released church member Zhu Xiaoguang. He had spent 27 days in detention. Twenty other leaders and members of the church remain in criminal detention as the persecution continues for Early Rain and its church plants. 

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Terror and hope

International | The world saw devastation and disease, restoration and release in 2018
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/24/18, 11:05 am

The international headlines this year included reports on terror, persecution, and anti-immigration sentiments. But stories on released religious prisoners and mending relations between decades-long enemies also brought measures of hope. Here are the top five stories from World Tour this year.

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