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World news in brief

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20 March 2015

reuters

Victory: the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, waves to supporters at his party head­quarters after winning a surprise victory in Israel's election, after a late shift to capture right-wing support, including opposition to a Palestinian state

Victory: the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, waves to supporters at his party head­quarters after winning a surprise victory in Israel...

South Sudanese women call for peace

WOMEN from the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS) have demanded an end to the civil war and all tribal conflict in South Sudan. In a statement released on International Women's Day last month, women from the ECSSS condemned the fighting between groups supporting either the President or the Vice-President, and between tribes. "We abhor tribalism and the division it causes," they said. "Our tribe is women."

Cuban synod votes to return to Episcopal Church

THE Episcopal Church of Cuba has narrowly voted to return to the Episcopal Church in the United States. The Cuban Church was part of a province in the Episcopal Church until the revolution in 1959. The decision was made at the Church's Synod in February, the Anglican Journal reported: the votes were 39 were in favour, and 33 against.

Human-trafficking stories form audio drama

A RADIO drama made from the testimonies of victims of human trafficking will be distributed by Christian organisations across Europe to campaign against sexual slavery. The play Hidden Treasures was made by the Christian radio station Trans World Radio. The programmes are designed to tackle the issues of sex-trafficking, demonstrate women's intrinsic value, and "introduce Jesus as friend, saviour, and healer".

Organisation warns over religious freedom in Burma

CHRISTIAN Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has warned that freedom of religion is not safe in Burma, after two cases of "religious defamation". Three managers of a nightclub have been sent to prison for two-and-a-half years, convicted of "insulting religion" because they promoted their club with an image of Buddha wearing headphones. In another case, a Buddhist activist has been charged with insulting Buddhism after he criticised extremist Buddhist nationalists.

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