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India moon mission delayed

International | Historic launch called off at the last minute
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/15/19, 01:57 pm

INDIA: Less than an hour before liftoff, the national space agency called off the launch of an unmanned rover, which was scheduled for the early hours of Monday and had ignited national interest. The launch was set to take place just as the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on Saturday.

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Civilian toll mounts in Syria’s Idlib province

International | Russian-backed airstrikes have killed dozens in the latest escalation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/10/19, 05:45 pm

SYRIA: A brutal assault by Syrian and Russian forces Friday has killed five civilians in Khan Shaykhun, part of a “de-escalation zone” in northwest Syria following a confirmed chemical weapons attack two years ago that killed at least 89 people and injured more than 500.

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‘I don’t have words for what I saw’

Terrorism | Sri Lankan churches begin their recovery from Easter bombings amid ongoing threats and restrictions
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/09/19, 02:08 pm

Jeyaraj Sivarajasingam was heading to Easter services at Jampettah Methodist Church in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, when he heard the bomb blast.

It was unmistakable, he said, coming from the direction of St. Anthony’s Shrine, a Catholic church about three city blocks away. “I ran to the church because I know many people there,” said Sivarajasingam, who is national director of Lanka Prison Fellowship.

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