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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
3 May 2018
J.D. Conor Mauro




Palestinian couple Muaz Rukup and Hedil Naccar, medical officials who had worked during “Great March of Return” demonstrations, are seen during their wedding ceremony at a healthcare tent near Gaza-Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on 2 May 2018. (photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Israeli government: Gaza protests are state of war, human rights law doesn’t apply (Haaretz) In response to a High Court petition filed by human rights groups, the Israeli state has argued the protests by Palestinians on the Gaza border fall into the category of a state of war and thus human rights law does not apply to the rules of engagement. In their so-called March of Return, Gazans have been protesting each Friday at the Gaza border fence. In the demonstrations, the Israeli army has killed 45 protesters and wounded thousands…

Maronite bishops: After elections, government must aim to repatriate Syrian refugees (Fides) The parliament and the government that will be elected on Sunday, 6 May, will have to oppose the attempt to permanently impose on Lebanon the weight of the reception of Syrian refugees, Maronite bishops said in a pronouncement…

The Armenian Catholicos Karekin II calls for national reconciliation (AsiaNews) The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Karekin II of All Armenia, with an appeal released yesterday, has called on the authorities and opposition to act within the framework of legality, and seek ways to resolve the political crisis in the country through dialogue…

Massive Indian dust storm kills more than 70, injures scores more (RT) A powerful dust storm in northern India has killed more than 70 people and injured more than 140 others on Wednesday. Many reportedly died in their sleep while the storm swept through their homes. India’s Hindustan Times reports that the storm left a trail of destruction in its wake, uprooting trees and affecting the electricity supply in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan…

U.S. officials return thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby (Christian Today) U.S. officials have returned more than 3,800 artifacts illegally obtained from suppliers in Iraq and sold to Hobby Lobby, the giant craft store chain owned by evangelical Christians. The artifacts had been smuggled into the country and Hobby Lobby had bought them for the Museum of the Bible, which opened last year in Washington, D.C. Hobby Lobby’s founder, Steve Green, is the museum’s chairman…

Egypt’s jailed journalists: In numbers (Al Jazeera) The U.N. cultural agency, UNESCO has awarded its World Press Freedom Prize to imprisoned Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, despite criticism from the government of Abdel Fattah al Sisi following the announcement last week. Rights groups have reported an unparallelled crackdown on Egypt’s media in recent years and say there are signs it is getting worse…

Ecumenical Patriarch faces a hard choice over Ukraine (OCP Media Network) His All-Holiness Bartholomew is rightly believed to be the guardian of the Orthodox Christian unity. However, the recent visits to Fanar by President Poroshenko and Rostislav Pavlenko threw His All-Holiness into a dilemma. They want him to ecclesiastically legitimate the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Kyivan Patriarchate so that their clergy would be able to form another independent church in Ukraine. Being blinded by the pre-election agenda, administration of the Ukrainian President takes no notice of some obstacles on the way to autocephaly…



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