World news in brief

18 October 2019


Golden: Simone Biles broke the record for winning World Championship gold medals, winning her 25th at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, on Sunday. Ms Biles, a Roman Catholic, has said that she attributes her success to God-given talent

Golden: Simone Biles broke the record for winning World Championship gold medals, winning her 25th at the Gymnastics World Champion...


Kanye West confirms conversion to Christianity

REUTERSKanye WestKANYE WEST, the American rapper, told fans last week that he had had a conversion experience. At a listening party for his upcoming album, Jesus Is King, in Washington D.C. on Sunday, Mr West said: “I want to let you know that I am not here for your entertainment this afternoon. We are here to spread the gospel.” He apologised for any mispronunciations, saying: “I am a recent convert. It means I recently got saved within the year.” Mr West, the husband of the reality star Kim Kardashian, has been known to hold “Sunday Services” at his home in Los Angeles. He also previously announced that he would no longer be making “secular music”. Mr West’s previous albums include My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Yeezus.


Iranian pastor ends his hunger strike over children’s education

A PASTOR, Yousef Nadarkhani, who went on hunger strike to protest against the prohibition of his children from continuing their education (News, 4 October), has ended his protest after having garnered “sufficient attention”, Christian Solidarity Worldwide has reported. He is serving a ten-year prison sentence in Iran for “acting against the national security” and “promoting Zionist Christianity” (News, 11 May 2018).


Students and staff kidnapped from Nigerian Christian school

SIX female students and two members of staff were kidnapped from a Christian boarding school in Nigeria earlier this month, reports say. Armed men kidnapped the eight from Engravers’ College in Chikun County, Kaduna State shortly after midnight on 3 October. The vice-Principal, Shunom Giwa, told Morning Star News: “We are trusting God for the protection of the captives and hoping they would be released without being hurt.” The school was suspended after the incident, and negotiations to release the eight are ongoing.

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