Associated Press/Photo by Roger Anis (file)

Muslim mob destroys Egyptian church

International | Some houses of worship close while others wait for government legalization
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/07/18, 01:49 pm

EGYPT: At least eight churches have been closed in Luxor governorate, and one near Minya was destroyed by Muslim mobs. Yet the government has kept 3,500 churches that predate a licensing law waiting—some for 20 years—to be legalized.

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Associated Press/Photo by Masanori Takei/Kyodo News

Earthquake hits Japan same week as typhoon

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/06/18, 11:46 am

Nine people died and at least 30 others remained missing after a powerful earthquake hit northern Japan early Thursday morning. The 6.7 magnitude quake struck Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido, at 3:08 a.m. local time, triggering dozens of landslides and widespread disruption of infrastructure. Officials said more than 350 people were injured.

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Associated Press/Ibaa News Agency

Syrian offensive against Idlib begins

International | One million displaced people find themselves in harm’s way
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/05/18, 12:46 pm

SYRIA: Drones crowded the skies over Idlib Province overnight after bombings Tuesday in a long-anticipated offensive by Russian-backed government forces left 10 civilians dead, including five children from one family.

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