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Disappearing Christian communities

International | Turkey’s ‘staggered campaign of genocide’ killed 2 million believers a century ago
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/23/19, 12:27 pm

TURKEY: According to extensive new research from professors at Israel’s Ben Gurion University, Turkey’s Christian communities disappeared as a result of “a staggered campaign of genocide” that over three decades murdered 2 million Christians in “bouts of slaughter” a century ago. By combing through extensive government archives, the academics have documented a targeted campaign to eliminate Christians—of which the Armenian Genocide is just one part.

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Christians killed in Burkina Faso attack

International | Heightened attacks could fuel intercommunal unrest
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/21/19, 03:41 pm

An armed attack that killed at least four Catholics during a religious procession in northern Burkina Faso last week raised concerns that the growing extremist violence could stoke a larger crisis.

Gunmen attacked a group carrying a statue of Mary on May 13 in the Diocese of Ouahigouya in the Nord region. “They let the minors go, executed four adults, and destroyed the statue,” Burkina Faso’s AIB news agency reported.

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Sudan in limbo

International | Protesters and the military are at odds on how to move forward after coup
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/14/19, 11:04 am

Sudanese protest leaders and the transitional military leadership are still struggling to shape the country’s new government one month after ousting longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. The sides have agreed to a tentative structure for an interim government—to include a sovereign council, Cabinet, and legislature—but are at an impasse about who will serve in it.

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