Unauthorized for worship

International | Algerian authorities shut down the nation’s largest churches
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/22/19, 04:40 pm

Algerian authorities last week sealed up the doors of the two largest Christian churches in the Muslim-majority nation despite last-minute pleas from worshippers. More than a dozen police officers stormed the 700-member Protestant Church of the Full Gospel of Tizi-Ouzou on Oct. 15, a day earlier than the church anticipated, Morning Star News reported.

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Associated Press/Photo by Khalid Mohammed

Middle Eastern Christians on shaky ground

International | Conditions in Iraq and Syria become even more hostile to religious minorities
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/15/19, 04:14 pm

More than 100 people died and 6,000 others sustained injuries earlier this month when security forces in Iraq unleashed live gunfire and scalding hot water cannons on protesters. The unrest in Iraq reflects instability across the entire region, which continues to offer less and less security to Christians and other persecuted minorities.

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Associated Press/Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais (file)

Broken alliances

Politics | Looking at the long-term effects of the U.S. withdrawal from northeast Syria
by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/10/19, 05:15 pm

WASHINGTON—Overwhelming bipartisan backlash met President Donald Trump’s announcement Sunday that U.S. troops would withdraw from northeastern Syria, abandoning the Kurdish fighters who supported the battle against Islamic State (ISIS).

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