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Sudanese protesters unhappy with coup results

International | Activists and international players call for civilian leadership
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/16/19, 04:31 pm

In a successful culmination of four months of mostly peaceful protests in Sudan, the country’s military last week ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, ending his three-decade rule. The military coup brought anger and a wary sense of victory, as protesters called for an entirely civilian government.

Al-Bashir’s rule began with a military coup in 1989. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for human rights abuses in the western region of Darfur, but top military officials said they will not extradite him.

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Church arson suspect charged with hate crimes

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/16/19, 12:41 pm

Prosecutors on Monday filed new hate crimes charges against a 21-year-old accused of torching three historic African American churches in Louisiana. Holden Matthews pleaded not guilty Monday to starting the church fires, which occurred over several days starting March 26 in and around Opelousas, La. Matthews’ father is a local sheriff’s deputy who aided in the arrest after learning his son was a suspect, officials said.

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‘Sinicizing’ religion

Persecution | A sweeping campaign against house churches in China is sending leaders to prison and forcing many faithful Christians underground
by June Cheng
Posted 4/11/19, 03:07 pm

On a Sunday morning in the fall of 2017, I arrived at Jiangxin Building in downtown Chengdu, walked past rows of parked scooters, and waited for a rickety elevator to take me up to the 23rd floor. As the elevator doors opened, Early Rain Covenant Church was abuzz with activity.

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