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World news in brief

26 June 2015


In need: Syrian refugees walk in a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, last week 

In need: Syrian refugees walk in a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, last week 

Aid in Syria hampered by funding shortfall

A SUBSTANTIAL funding shortfall is hampering relief efforts in Syria, a new report suggests. It was produced by the countries that bear the brunt of the refugee crisis. The partners of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (News, 13 March) estimate that only 23 per cent of the money needed has been received.


Dr Jensen speaks out against compromise

ACCOMODATING Christians who support gay marriage is an "unacceptably high" price to pay for unity in the Church, the retired Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, said last Friday, the Belfast News Letter reports. Speaking at Willowfield Church, Belfast, to promote GAFCON (News, 19 June), he said: "When the testimony of the Bible is rendered so murky, the authority of the Bible is fatally compromised."


Men charged with rape of nun in India

EIGHT men accused of raping a nun in West Bengal have been charged (News, 27 March). The charges filed on Monday include robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous harm, criminal conspiracy, and gang rape, the public prosecutor told the news agency AFP. On Sunday, it was reported that a 45-year-old nun had been found semi-clad, unconscious, and with her hands tied, inside a medical centre run by Christian missionaries in Raipur, on Saturday.


Correction: Last week, in a piece on the the Columbia River Treaty, we referred to the President of Canada, but should have said the Prime Minister.

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