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Seeking asylum: Iraqi family living in Columbus faces deportation to a country proven unfriendly to its religious beliefs

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From left, Gorgis “Mr. George,” Samira, Liza, Lilya and Hans Matani are Assyrian immigrants from Iraq seeking asylum in the United States. The federal government has denied their request so the family faces deportation. Photo by: Courtesy photo Slim Smith In 2014, as ISIS fighters moved dangerously near their small Iraqi village 20 miles…

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U.S. seminarians run across Italy to help displaced families in Iraq

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Carol Glatz CATHOLIC_NEWS_SERVICE A Christan woman cradles her sleeping child during Easter Mass in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Sunday, April 16 2017. The town has been gutted by Islamic State militants. (Credit: AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo.) Nine seminarians from the United States decided to run toward the opposite sides of…

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Iraq fears for its future once Isis falls

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The liberation of Mosul will still leave a region mired in complex tensions by: Erika Solomon in Nineveh province Before Isis militants assaulted his northern Iraqi village in 2014, an old friend called Abu…

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Teleskof – The New Hope For Christians In The Middle East

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I write on human rights and persecution of minorities around the world Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. In November 2016, I visited some of the then recently liberated areas on Ninevah Plains: Quaragosh, Karamless and Bartallah, towns that Daesh took over in August…

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Rebuilding of Nineveh Plains set to begin

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By John Newton and Daniele Piccini AN “Olive Tree Ceremony” in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains will mark the beginning of the rebuilding of homes belonging to Christian families who fled when extremist group Daesh (ISIS) seized their villages. The ceremony set to be held on Monday (8th May) in the villages of Bartella, Karamlesh…

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Head of Anglican church visits Christian refugees in Jordan

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The head of the Anglican Church met with Iraqi Christian refugees during a visit to Jordan in which he called on the region’s embattled Christians to remain in the Middle East, the cradle of their faith Justin Welby, center, the archbishop of Canterbury, meets with fellow Anglican leaders…

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Government urged to recognise Isis actions as ‘genocide’

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Move follows European Parliament, House of Commons, US House of Representatives Patsy McGarry Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State. Photograph: Reuters/Rodi Said A group of TDs and Senators have written to Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie…

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Sterling Heights man accused of murder in brother’s fire death

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Christina Hall , Detroit Free Press Published 5:49 p.m. ET May 1, 2017 | Updated 16 hours ago 20-year-old is being held without bond following fire at family home that killed younger brother (Photo: Sterling Heights Fire Department) A Sterling Heights man is being held without bond on murder and arson charges in the…

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