Pride comes before the fall: The story of Sennacherib’s Assyria

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A relief in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum captures Sennacherib’s pride and character. ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES AUTHOR Marc Madrigal 19 SEPTEMBER 2018 13:21 h GMT+1 Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon. Antioch Archaeology Museum. / Marc Madrigal Around the 8th century BCE, Sennacherib was…

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Syria’s Christian city: Seven years under fire at the Idlib frontline

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Looming conflict 10km away is nothing new for Mhardeh where life continues and volunteer soldiers are ready to join war’s last major battle On a warm summer evening, the town centre is full of young people (MEE/Katharine Cooper) MHARDEH, Syria – Each night, the streets of the Christian town of Mhardeh teem with life.…

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Campaigning begins for Iraqi Kurdish parliamentary vote

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(MENAFN – Jordan Times) ERBIL, Iraq — Campaigning kicked off on Tuesday for a parliamentary election in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region amid political divisions a year after hopes for independence were dashed. Around 673 candidates from 29 political movements have thrown their hats into the ring…

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U.N. Is Called to Recognize Christian Genocide

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By Marlo Safi A damaged statue of the Virgin Mary at a church in Qaraqosh, east of Mosul, Iraq, November 2016. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) The designation of ‘genocide’ would free up the flow of much-needed aid to some of the world’s most persecuted people.…

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Iraqi family speaks with pope about their son, a martyred priest

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Persecuted Christians During the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis listened attentively to the testimony of this Iraqi family. “Today many Christians and others are building new lives in Iraq, often with the help of Christians from around the world. They are building new homes so that families can live…

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Election will see hundreds of candidates vie for 111 seats on region’s legislative assembly By Ali Mohamed ERBIL, Iraq The campaigning period for parliamentary elections in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region officially began on Tuesday.…

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Kurds, Christians split over Syria school curriculum

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A student from the Syriac Christian minority shows a textbook in her language AFP/Delil souleiman QAMISHLI, Syria: Kurdish authorities in Syria’s diverse northeast are facing swelling anger from the area’s Syriac Christians after shutting down more than a dozen schools run by the ancient minority.…

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