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The attitudes of Christian religious leaders in the Middle East and North Africa towards the Arab Spring have differed since its eruption in 2011. While these religious leaders in Egypt and Syria opposed the uprisings of 2011, their counterparts in Iraq and Lebanon have supported the second wave of protests underway since 2019. They can …

Amid persistent economic deterioration and government collapse, Lebanon is increasingly experiencing a disturbing trend of civic unrest and political violence. While the collapse shows no sign of abating, public dismay at the elite leads to riots which are brutally suppressed by the Lebanese authorities. At the same time, we are witnessing a rise in tensions …

The civic uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s hereditary tyranny in Syria, which has turned into a savage civil war that still rages and radiates chaos in the Middle East and Europe, began 10 years ago this week . Syria is really three conflicts: the minority Assad regime which is waging an all-out war against its own …

Shortly after Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq ten days ago, the Iraqi Prime Minister called for national dialogue, in “the papal spirit of love and tolerance”. This has been hailed by various groups, including – a few days ago – by the right-wing Shiite nationalist leader Moqtada al-Sadr. A strange reaction to the words of …

UK Business and Economic Updates Sign up for myFT Daily Digest to be the first to hear about UK business and economic news. Rishi Sunak has promised more financial aid for UK companies with extensions to his flagship license and emergency loan plans as pandemic restrictions are extended and companies prepare for a potentially disruptive …

A controversial church in Rutherford County, which has been accused of abuse by former members, received a loan through the federal government’s small business aid program, records released this week show. The Word of Faith Fellowship, a Spindale-based church, raised between $ 150,000 and $ 350,000 through the Paycheck Protection Program, data from the Small …

HOUSTON – Given that Reports emerged that Joel and Victoria Osteen’s Lakewood Church received $ 4.4 million in loans from the Payroll Protection Program, the Osteens have responded through representatives for Lakewood, saying they initially did not accept help. However, as the pandemic progressed, Lakewood said it requested the assistance to support its employees as …

The flood that occurred in Alexander County on November 12, 2020 will be remembered by many for the tragic loss of life and damage that occurred. The flooding caused the closure of 16 roads for repairs, and 13 roads still closed. The Alexander County Board of Commissioners heard a highway update from Public Information Officer …

Ada’s First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma is the latest church body to jump on one of the coolest church trends in recent years. “Elegant leather jackets for the pastor?” No, the other cool trend. “Imagine the songs of the dragons during worship?” Noel other cool trend. You know, the one where churches partner with …

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – As COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is following the lead of governments and healthcare professionals around the world, already which also considers a return to normal operating procedures. According to the Church’s website, officials say the Church is ready to move forward …