NEWS OF THE WEEK

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

President Obama visited Hiroshima, Japan on Friday (May 27). He is the first sitting American president to visit the site of the atomic bombing at the end of War World II. Religious leaders and anti-nuclear activists encouraged the visit. During … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both sought backing from Latino evangelicals this past week. In recent elections, evangelicals have been a core part of the Republican coalition. But they are divided over whether to support Trump.
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May 27, 2016 | Comments

Federal prosecutors announced this week that they will seek the death penalty for Dylan Roof. The 22-year-old is accused of killing nine black parishioners at an African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina last June. Federal prosecutors rarely seek … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

Officials from 11 states have sued the Obama administration over its requirement that public schools across the country provide transgender students with equal access to educational programs and activities. The directive made clear that schools must also allow transgender students … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

Dozens are feared dead after a migrant boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Thursday (May 26). It was the second such incident in two days. On Wednesday (May 25), about 562 people were rescued and five found dead. … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

A new UN report notes that despite the tentative cease fire, food aid reached only about half of those besieged in Syria in April. Officials said that while a larger number is receiving aid than in the past, much more … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

Attempting to address what some say is the worst humanitarian situation since War World II, leaders gathered in Istanbul this past week for the first World Humanitarian Summit.  Representatives of 65 governments and the Vatican attended the two-day (May 23-24) … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

A coalition of 30 health and humanitarian organizations, including the Christian relief group World Vision, released a new report noting that deliberate or indiscriminate attacks have decimated health facilities in various countries. The attacks have also killed medical workers and … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

This week (May 22), in an unprecedented visit, Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of the preeminent Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. The meeting marked the resumption of dialogue between the two institutions. The relationship had … More

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May 27, 2016 | Comments

Next Sunday (June 5), Muslims around the world will begin their Ramadan fast with the sighting of the new moon. During the month-long observance, Muslims who are able to do so are called upon to fast every day from dawn … More