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Indian pastor gunned down as persecution increases

International | Christians say more frequent, violent attacks accompany the rise of Hindu nationalism
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 7/25/17, 03:13 pm

Persecution of Christians continues to increase and become more violent in officially secular India. Experts and Christians accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of failing to ensure the religious freedom guaranteed under the country’s constitution.

“Every day it is increasing, day by day,” said the Rev. Sandeep Kumar, who pastors a small church in northern India.

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Al-Shabab beheads nine in civilian attack in Kenya

by Mickey McLean
Posted 7/08/17, 01:47 pm

Al-Shabab extremists from Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an early-morning attack Saturday on a village in southeast Kenya, according to government officials. The attack occurred in Jima in Lamu County, said James Ole Serian, a leader of a task force of security agencies combating al-Shabab. A police report said about 15 al-Shabab fighters attacked the village and seized men, killing them with knives.

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U.S. halts aid to Kenya amid corruption scandal

Africa | Suspended funds covered wages and travel costs for the country’s Health Ministry
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/17, 11:13 am

The United States has suspended $21 million in direct aid to Kenya’s Health Ministry amid corruption allegations. 

The U.S. Embassy in a statement said the suspension covers only a portion of U.S. aid to Kenya, which totals about $650 million annually. The move is necessary both to ensure aid reaches the people in most need and also to protect U.S. taxpayer money, officials said. 

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