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Priest Francis Van Der Lugt assassinated in Syria, rebels and government blame each other

The Syrian government and rebel groups are blaming one another in the assassination of Dutch Jesuit Priest Francis Van Der Lugt in his garden in Homs. No group has taken responsibility for the April 7 killing, in which a masked gunman entered the monastery and shot the priest in the head. Priest Francis Van Der Lugt Father Frans, 75, lived in Syria More...

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By Brandon Jones On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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New laws in Saudi Arabia label atheism as a form of terrorism

New laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia link atheism to terrorism, Human Rights Watch reported in an April 2 article. Anti-terrorism regulations issued by the Saudi interior ministry are called “sweeping” More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
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Syria polio outbreak spread: Iraq reports first case since 2000

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported Friday, that as of 20 March 2014, in the Syrian Arab Republic, a total of 37 wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported:  25 cases by the Syrian Arab Republic More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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Israel responds to Syrian attack on Israel Defense Forces with focused assault, US cuts ties to Assad diplomats

Early Wednesday morning, Israel Defense Forces targeted several Syrian army positions that attacked Israeli soldiers Tuesday. The targets included a Syrian army training facility, military headquarters, and artillery More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, March 10th, 2014
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Nuns from Syrian monastery released after three months in al-Nusra captivity

Thirteen nuns and three attendants were released by Syrian insurgents after disappearing from their monastery in Maaloula, reported Lebanese and Syrian officials early Monday. The rebels claim they were protecting More...

By Brandon Jones On Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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Israel’s navy captures ship carrying rockets from Iran, made in Syria

On Wednesday the Israeli navy captured a ship in the Red Sea which was carrying dozens of rockets made in Syria, supplied by Iran, reports SRN News . The ship was headed to the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Christians given protected ‘second class citizen’ status in Syrian city by rebels

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an extemist rebel group trying to impose sharia law in Syria, has reportedly forced Christians in a Syrian city this week to begin paying a protection tax, limit More...

By Brandon Jones On Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Syria rebels hit Christian school with missiles, students safe

Voice of the Martyrs USA works closely with a Syrian Christian school and posted on their Facebook page that rebel forces fired missiles at one of the school’s classrooms. The report has been confirmed by MNN More...

By Robert Herriman On Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Syria polio outbreak total now 23 as seven new cases reported

For the first time in over two months, the Syrian Arab Republic has reported new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases in the current outbreak in the war-torn country. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative More...

By Brandon Jones On Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Syria: Overcoming persecution, thousands are coming to Christ as the gospel is shared

According to the Christian Telegraph, thousands of Muslim Syrians are coming to Christ through the ministry and relief aid of Christian Aid Mission. Representatives from partner ministries in Turkey, Iraq, and Lebanon More...