Country music and Christmas go hand-in-hand for ABC special

Country music and Christmas music go hand-in-hand, according to the stars of the “CMA Country Christmas” TV special on ABC. Country stars Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum and Chris Young celebrate the season with gospel artist CeCe Winans and Christian duo for King and Country. (Dec. 2)

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Gospel star Erica Campbell says Christianity doesn’t equal conservatism

Asking herself some introspective questions birthed the idea for gospel singer Erica Campbell’s new book, “More Than Pretty.” She also discusses her new single, “Praying and Believing,” and says being a Christian does not mean you’re a conservative. (Nov. 8)

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They’ll be first-time voters in 2020 and they’re all in for Trump | AFP

Most of them still teens, students at this Christian high school in Columbus attend an event organized by conservative group Turning Point USA. In a year from now, these voters will cast ballots in their first presidential election in key swing state Ohio — and they’re giving Donald Trump their support.

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Indonesia’s halal tourism bid faces pig pushback | AFP

Indonesia’s bid to lure more visitors by spreading halal tourism across the archipelago is facing a backlash, with a Christian celebration of pigs — forbidden for Muslims — the latest act of dissent.

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Harsh sentences and ban on abortion put women at risk in Madagascar | AFP

In Madagascar, a predominantly Christian country that Pope Francis will visit in a few days’ time, abortion is illegal, including for victims of rape, and is punishable by ten years in prison. Activists campaigning for the legalisation of abortion are hoping their efforts will one day bring positive change to the many women across the country who have to turn to dangerous clandestine abortions.

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ShowBiz Minute: A$AP, Perry, Lil Nas X

A$AP Rocky trial underway in Sweden; Jury: Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ copied Christian rap song; Lil Nas X celebrates new Billboard record for most weeks at No.1. (July 30)

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Bethlehem’s Nativity Church removed from UNESCO endangered list | AFP

UNESCO removes Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity from its ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list after the building, identified by Christian tradition as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, went under renovation and conservation works. Church and Palestinian officials have since overseen high-quality work restoring “roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors,” UNESCO said in a statement.

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In rural Nigeria, conflicts over land and scarce resources persist | AFP

In central Nigeria, where Muslim herders and Christian farmers co-exist, centuries-old conflicts over access to land and water are killing more people than the terrorist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. In recent years, tensions have been aggravated by a population boom and climate change, leading to violence spiraling out of control. A VOICED AFPTV REPORT

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Weber proud of Europe’s Christian values

A leading conservative candidate in the European Parliament elections that Europe should be proud of its Christian values. Speaking during a visit to Sofia, at a rally, Manfred Weber said: “It gives us also orientation for the future. We believe in these values.”

Faith wars? How religious terror has become world’s new reality

The Easter Sunday massacre of Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka has been called a ‘retaliation’ for the New Zealand atrocity.

With terrorism and retaliation hitting communities, RT’s senior correspondent Murad Gazdiev looks into the escalating trend of religious violence.

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Decades of violent civil war in Sri Lanka – brief overview

Sri Lanka was dominated for decades by the sharp divide between the majority Sinhalese, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist, and the minority Tamil, who are Hindu, Muslim and Christian.

The Tamil minority formed into a group called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and dedicated to the fight for Tamil independence. They were crushed in a 2009 government offensive.

After the civil war ended, a religious divide quickly took hold, with hard-line Buddhist monks rallying Sri Lankans against what they argue is a pernicious threat: Muslims, who make up roughly 10% of the country’s population.

In 2018, anti-Muslim violence flared across the hills of central Sri Lanka, fed by rumors spread over social media about attacks on Buddhists. Mobs of Buddhists swept through small towns, attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops.

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Sri Lanka blasts: Injured victims arrive to Colombo hospitals

A series of deadly bombings in Sri Lanka became one of the worst acts of violence the country has seen in over a decade. The last time such high profile attacks happened were during a protracted civil war with separatist militias.

On Easter Sunday, a series of apparently coordinated bombings happened at several Christian churches and luxury hotels in the South Asian nation. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings. With the death toll standing at over 150 and rising, and reports of more explosions coming in, Sri Lanka is experiencing one of the worst acts of organized violence in its history. And this is a strong statement, considering how much bloodshed that history has had.

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Six bombing targets: Christian churches & luxury hotels hit by deadly Sri Lankan blasts, 120+ killed

The number of dead rises to 129, according to state media, as a result of a series of explosions in Sri Lanka. Hundreds more have been injured, reports say. Many of the victims were from the Christian minority celebrating Easter. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9sq1

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Darwin v Christians: Play about English naturalist dropped after parents complain

The English school has found itself in the spotlight after it decided to drop a play about Charles Darwin following complaints from Christian parents.

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Russian Buddhists celebrate new lunar year in Siberia

Braving freezing temperatures of around minus 40 degrees, Russian Buddhists kick off Lunar New Year celebration with prayers and wishes in the Siberian region of Buryatia near the Mongolian border. While the majority of Russia’s population identifies as Orthodox Christian, there are some 900,000 Buddhists living in the border region, as well as further west in the region of Kalmykia on the Caspian Sea. Buddhists, like other religious groups, suffered persecution from the Soviet authorities, but the post-Soviet years have seen a revival, with teachers of Tibetan Buddhism from other countries playing a major role.

‘Serbian Knights’ plunge into icy river for Epiphany swim

Men from a Serbian knights organisation dive into Belgrade’s chilly Sava river to retrieve a wooden cross in a religious rite held on the eve of Epiphany, a Christian holiday marking the baptism of Jesus. The icy epiphany swim is a tradition held in many Orthodox Christian countries.

Merkel’s era is over – German FDP party leader

Christian #Lindner from #Germany’s Free Democratic Party wants #Merkel to step down as Chancellor now, and not in 2021 as she has proposed.

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