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Battle for Mosul killed more than 9,000 civilians

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/21/17, 10:10 am

The nine-month battle to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS) militants killed between 9,000 and 11,000 people, according to an Associated Press analysis. Reporters established the casualty count by cross-referencing morgue lists with databases maintained by nongovernmental organizations, the report said. The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS earlier claimed responsibility for only 326 deaths.

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A waiting game for migrants in France

International | Christians minister at refugee encampments in Paris
by Rob Holmes
Posted 12/19/17, 12:28 pm

PARIS—It’s near freezing when tents begin appearing on Avénue du Président Wilson. Migrants are getting ready for another November night. Their evening ritual creates an impromptu camp in a pedestrianized median on the north side of the city, near the Metro at Porte de la Chapelle.

I greet many of the men as I trail along behind a more expert friend who visits this spot weekly. She is Egyptian and comes like a sister, in the name of Christ, herself a stranger in France.

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Pakistan church bombing kills nine people

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/18/17, 11:33 am

Two suicide bombers killed nine people and injured more than 50 others during a Sunday attack on a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta. Pastor Saimon Bashir Masih, a senior leader at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, told Morning Star News about 400 people were inside the church when the attack began. Security forces guarding the church killed one of the attackers, while another set off explosives before entering the main prayer hall, Masih said.

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