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Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic.
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Israeli PM speaks of 'prolonged' campaign in Gaza

Karin Laub, Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  posted 5 minutes ago
Israel's prime minister says Israelis must be "ready for a prolonged campaign" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
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In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  posted 16 minutes ago
Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked Minaret, a more than 840-year-old tower that leans like Italy's Tower of Pisa.
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Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 28th - 9:51am
Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.
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In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

Karin Laub, Ibrahim Barzak, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 28th - 6:10am
Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because there's no power to their fuel pumps and tens of thousands of displaced sleep on the floors of schools and hospitals.
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Outgoing Karzai says Afghans need new president

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 28th - 4:21am
Afghanistan's outgoing leader Hamid Karzai said on Monday that his nation needs a new president and urged for a speedy conclusion to the ballot audit that will determine his successor.
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Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 28th - 2:20am
Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.
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Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 28th - 12:20am
The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.
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Papal first: Francis visits Pentecostal church

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  posted 46 minutes ago
Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit a Pentecostal church, pressing his outreach to evangelicals who represent Catholicism's greatest competition for Christian souls around the globe.
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UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 28th - 10:31am
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name of humanity."
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UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  posted Jul 27th - 8:50pm
The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it.
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Freed Sudanese Christian expected in US this week

The Associated Press  |  posted Jul 27th - 7:10pm
The New Hampshire brother-in-law of Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman once sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith, says she and her family will probably fly from Rome to the United States this week.
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