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West warned not to be faint-hearted in dealing with IS

West warned not to be faint-hearted in dealing with IS

THE crisis in Iraq, which has particularly affected Christians and other minority communities, has taken on new a dimension owing to increasing international support for Kurdish troops fighting the Islamic State (IS) forces

'Some are too traumatised to speak': Bishop pleads for South Sudan

WOMEN in South Sudan are crying "day and night, their children are dying at their hands", while their leaders put their personal interests first, a South Sudanese bishop said on Wednesday

Ukrainian Orthodox elect new Metropolitan

Ukrainian Orthodox elect new Metropolitan

UKRAINIAN Orthodox believers have elected a new Metropolitan, but trouble may lie ahead

Photo: Solidarity

Photo: Solidarity

Palestinians and others gathered in an east London church to raise money for Gazans affected by the conflict

Inquiry to be held into Irish refugee abortion case

Inquiry to be held into Irish refugee abortion case

A YOUNG refugee, who was raped during a conflict in her native land, was denied an abortion in Ireland despite the agreement by a panel of experts that she was suicidal

Photo: Eye to eye

Photo: Eye to eye

Pope Francis takes in a tour of South Korea, and a fly-over of China

World news in brief

World news in brief

Fire sale boosts Minster's funds | Steep fall in insurance claims by churches | Parents told to teach children, rapture or no rapture

Welby: Church seen as nasty

Welby: Church seen as nasty

ANGLICANS are "like one of those families that, rather than having their arguments in private, hissing at each other and sulking, goes out in the garden and shouts", the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Wednesday of last week, during a visit to Australia

Church rallies as Ferguson protests turn violent

Church rallies as Ferguson protests turn violent

VIOLENT protests have continued in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, Missouri, after a black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot dead by a white policeman

Leaders in dilemma over humanitarian crisis in Iraq

Leaders in dilemma over humanitarian crisis in Iraq

CHRISTIAN leaders around the world are agonising over how best to respond to the humanitarian catastrophe in northern Iraq, as many thousands of Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and people of other minority faiths flee for their lives from the advancing Islamic State forces

Experimental Ebola-virus drug fails to save priest’s life

Experimental Ebola-virus drug fails to save priest’s life

A SPANISH Roman Catholic priest, Fr Miguel Pajares, has become the first European to die of the Ebola virus, as the outbreak in West Africa continues to spread

Leaders condemned as South Sudan starves

Leaders condemned as South Sudan starves

THE failure of politicians in South Sudan to end the suffering of their people, currently enduring a severe food crisis, was roundly condemned this week

Tributes paid to Robin Williams

Tributes paid to Robin Williams

Tributes have been paid to Robin Williams, the American actor and comedian, who was found dead at home in California, on Monday

Welsh urged to donate to Gaza appeal

Welsh urged to donate to Gaza appeal

THE Church in Wales is urging people to respond to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) appeal, launched last week, for people affected by the conflict in Gaza

Lords query Colombian trade deal

Lords query Colombian trade deal

A "SELF-SERVING" trade agreement between the British and Colombian governments could worsen the human-rights situation in Colombia, the House of Lords was warned last month

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An angry voice and a tear

An angry voice and a tear

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Did King Charles I have Asperger’s syndrome?

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