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European Union Nation Sign Unity Pledge on 60th Anniversary

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gets ink on his hands as he signs a declaration with the original 1957 pen of the Rome Treaty during an EU summit meeting at the Orazi and Curiazi Hall in the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome on Saturday, March 25, 2017. European Union leaders were gathering in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of their founding treaty and chart a way ahead following the decision of Britain to leave the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

With Britain poised to start divorce proceedings, the 27 remaining European Union nations put pen to paper Saturday in Rome to renew their vows for continued unity in the face of crises that are increasingly testing the bonds between members. Continue reading “European Union Nation Sign Unity Pledge on 60th Anniversary”

Belarus Police Arrest Over 400 Protestors, Many Are Beaten

Belarus police push a woman down while detaining an activist during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, March 25, 2017. A cordon of club-wielding police blocked the demonstrators’ movement along Minsk’s main avenue near the Academy of Science. Hulking police detention trucks were deployed in the city center. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital – a human rights group said more than 400 people were arrested and many were beaten. Continue reading “Belarus Police Arrest Over 400 Protestors, Many Are Beaten”

Airstrikes in Syria Hit Clinic and Prison, Killing and Wounding Many Civilians

Warplanes struck rebel-held parts of Syria Saturday hitting a women’s prison and a clinic, killing and wounding scores of people, amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the worst violence the country has witnessed in weeks, opposition activists said Saturday. Continue reading “Airstrikes in Syria Hit Clinic and Prison, Killing and Wounding Many Civilians”

Number of Rapes Into the Thousands in South Sudan’s Civil War

After months of being raped by her rebel captors in the middle of South Sudan’s civil war, the young woman became pregnant. Held in a muddy pit, sometimes chained to other prisoners, she later watched her hair fall out and her weight plummet. But the child was a spark of life. Continue reading “Number of Rapes Into the Thousands in South Sudan’s Civil War”

ISIS Encourages Vehicle Attacks As They Are Difficult for Police to Prevent

FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2016 file photo, Christmas decoration are stuck in the smashed window of the cabin of a truck which ran into a crowded Christmas market. The death toll from the attack was 12. In Britain, a man drove a car into pedestrians in London on March 22, 2017, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The extremist group is encouraging its followers to use vehicles to achieve bloodshed. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

In the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group became infamous for its spectacular variations on explosive vehicles. For attacks in the West, it has advocated the use of the same tool but suggested a simpler method, encouraging its followers to use regular vehicles to achieve bloodshed. Continue reading “ISIS Encourages Vehicle Attacks As They Are Difficult for Police to Prevent”

In Rural Canada, Churches That Once Shunned One Another Put Aside Theological Differences and Open Their Hearts to Syrian Refugees

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Syrian refugees at Pearson International Airport in December 2015. Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister’s Office

Ken Yakielashek, a Roman Catholic and semiretired farmer in the Canadian Prairies, says he remembers when Christians of varying denominations “wouldn’t talk to one another.” Continue reading “In Rural Canada, Churches That Once Shunned One Another Put Aside Theological Differences and Open Their Hearts to Syrian Refugees”

Prayer Vigil Held In London’s Trafalgar Square After Terror Attack

Flowers were laid across several sights in London to commemorate the dead.
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Around 5,000 people gathered for a prayer vigil in Trafalgar Square sending a resounding message: #WeAreNotAfraid. Continue reading “Prayer Vigil Held In London’s Trafalgar Square After Terror Attack”

More Than 20 Million In Africa, Middle East at Risk of Starvation

In this August 2016 photo, a mother feeds her malnourished child at a feeding center run by Doctors Without Borders in Maiduguri, Nigeria. (AP Photo / Sunday Alamba)

International aid groups call for global response to humanitarian crisis

Continue reading “More Than 20 Million In Africa, Middle East at Risk of Starvation”

UN Says Israel Did Not Heed Call to Stop Settlement Construction

Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized “a high rate” of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday. Continue reading “UN Says Israel Did Not Heed Call to Stop Settlement Construction”

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