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LeJ disguised as Daesh targeting Christians in Quetta

KARACHI: At least 15 Christians have been killed in a fresh spate of violence in Quetta. No arrest has been announced. In the latest attack on the religious minority, unidentified men sprayed volley of bullets on worshipers who were walking out of a church after attending the Sunday service. Two people died and three others,…

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Two Christians killed in Quetta firing

QUETTA: Two Christians were killed in a drive-by shooting in Quetta Sunday. It was the second such attack on Christians in Quetta this month. Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes opened fire at a group of Christians in Quetta’s Esa Nagri neighbourhood, injuring at least five people, police said. The injured were taken to Bolan Medical Complex…

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First mosque in Scottish isle to open in summer

The first mosque in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides will be open for prayers this summer, reports The Telegraph. The fundraising drive for the construction of the mosque in the Scottish isle has reached £56,000, surpassing the target of £50,000. The construction of the mosque faces a challenge from a church which is praying that it never gets…

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Church at Jesus’s traditional burial site reopens after protest

NEWS DESK: The Jerusalem church built at the site many see as the holiest in Christianity reopened on Wednesday after a three-day closure to protest against Israeli measures had left thousands of visitors locked outside, reported AFP. The two men who act as keepers of the key of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre opened…

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Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church

JAKARTA: Indonesian police have shot a sword-wielding man who attacked church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people including a priest. Around 100 people were attending the mass at the church in Sleman town, Yogyakarta province when a man barged in wielding a one-metre-long sword and began attacking people seemingly indiscriminately. “Four people have been…

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PM announces compensation package for Quetta church attack victims

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday announced a compensation package for the victims of Quetta church attack which resulted in the loss of precious lives as well as injuries to many. According to the compensation package, the heirs of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack would get Rs1 million each, followed…

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Watch: Eye-witness accounts of Quetta church attack

Eye-witnesses of Quetta church attack describe the intense situation and how they were able to escape the attack.

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Watch: Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti talks with Samaa TV following Quetta blast

Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti talked exclusively with Samaa TV following the blast near a church at Quetta’s Zarghoon Road.

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Texas church shooter once escaped from mental hospital

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS: The man who shot dead 26 people in a Texas church once escaped from a mental hospital and made death threats against his military superiors while in the US Air Force, according to a police report. The police report, obtained by Houston TV station KPRC, also said that Devin Patrick Kelley had once…

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Several dead in Texas church shooting

At least 20 people are dead after a shooting at a Texas church on Sunday, US media reported. ABC News cited a law enforcement official as saying 20 were killed and 30 wounded in the shooting. Other media outlets were citing unnamed officials who gave death tolls as high as 27. The shooting took place…

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Pope hits 40 million mark on Twitter

VATICAN CITY: The pope has racked up 40 million followers on Twitter, the Vatican said on Wednesday, underlining the Catholic leader’s status as one of the world’s biggest social media players. The total, spread across accounts in nine languages, leaves Francis neck and neck with his occasional online sparring partner US President Donald Trump (40.3…

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Video: Ruth Pfau’s coffin brought at St Patrick’s Church

The funeral held for Pakistan’s Mother Teresa, Dr. Ruth Pfau, held in Karachi on Saturday with national honour. Her funeral services were held in Saint Patrick’s Church where her coffin, which was draped with Pakistan’s green and white flag and covered with rose petals, was brought by army troops. Watch this video…

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Egypt says second church bomber identified after Sisi pledge

CAIRO: The authorities in Egypt said on Thursday they had identified the second of two jihadist bombers who targeted Coptic Christian Palm Sunday services last week.

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At least 13 dead in Egypt church bombing

CAIRO: A bomb blast at a church north of Cairo killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens who had gathered for Palm Sunday mass, state media reported. Some 40 people were wounded in the blast, which struck the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 kilometres (75 miles) north…

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Christmas Preps in Pakistan

By: Syeda Sarah Hasan Christian community across the country has started preparations to rejoice the festive season of `Christmas’, with the advent of December. The Pakistani Christian community is busy making provisions for Christmas. The preparations will reach their uttermost at the eve of Christmas. Like every year, Pakistani Christians are all set to make…

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Bishop Rufin Anthony laid to rest

ISLAMABAD: The funeral of Bishop Rufin Anthony was held at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Lalkurti, Rawalpindi on Wednesday. The 76-year-old who died on October 17 was laid to rest at theSt. Joseph’s Cathedral. Senior Church figures from all over Pakistan, including heads of various Christian schools, teachers, students and the diocesan board of education officials…

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Two assailants ‘neutralised’ after hostage-taking in French church

PARIS: Police killed two armed men who had taken hostages at a church near Rouen in northern France. The men were said to be armed with knives. Reuters quoted a police source as saying that between four and six people were held by the men at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Media reports said a priest…

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Special prayer service for Edhi

Members of the Christian community turned up in large numbers at a church in Karachi to offer special prayers for late Abdul Sattar Edhi, with the resolve that they would continue his mission of humanism. Watch this report…

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Azan, namaz offered at British church

Beautiful manifestation of international interfaith harmony was seen when Muslims offered collective namaz after azan in a British church. More in Saqib Raja’s report.

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Christians warns govt against demolition of Lahore churches

Hundreds of Christians took to the streets in Lahore on Tuesday to protest a proposed demolition of two  churches to make way for under-construction Orange Line Train project. Watch details in our report.

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Americans becoming less religious: poll

NEW YORK: Americans are becoming less religious, judging by such markers as church attendance, prayer and belief in God, and the trend is more pronounced among young adults, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The share of US adults who say they believe in God, while still high compared with other advanced industrial countries,…

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