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Assyrian Community Leaders Meeting with Ministers of NSW Government

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Sydney – 22 February 2019 Upon request from the Hon Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services and The Hon Tanya Davies MP, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women, and Minister for Ageing, to meet with leaders of the Assyrian community. The Assyrian Universal Alliance-Australian Chapter (AUA) and the Assyrian…

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Lebanon: The lynchpin in Syria’s conflict

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By Tyler Newman Men sit around a table. Lebanese President Michel Aoun heads the first meeting of the new Saad al-Hariri’s cabinet at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Feb. 2, 2019. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters…

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Aleppo, Blue Marists: West’s cynicism fuels conflict and Christian exodus

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by Nabil Antaki* Western nations block the offensive against jihadist groups in Idlib, for fear of an exodus of militiamen. The reconstruction is at a standstill and the difficulties increase, with queues for fuel. It is still a regime of emergency aid instead of employment projects and reconstruction plans. Fears for the future of the…

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Fear of jihadists grows after priest murdered

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By John Newton and Maria Lozano THE murder of a 72-year-old priest in Burkina Faso has caused panic among a Christian community already besieged by Islamist militia groups. Father Jacob Lompo, bursar of Fada N’Gourma Diocese, told Catholic charity Aid to the…

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Timeline: The rise and fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

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(Reuters) – Islamic State faces the total defeat of its self-proclaimed caliphate. This timeline chronicles its lightning rise, cruel reign and stubborn fall. FILE PHOTO – Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo…

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Why aren’t Christians returning to Bartella?

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By Associated Press BARTELLA, Iraq — In the main square in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella stands a large cross, one of the few overt signs that the northern Iraqi town was historically Christian. Nearby, a massive billboard shows Shiite Muslim martyrs alongside a picture of Iran’s…

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Rome remembers celebrated Jesuit missionary kidnapped in Syria

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John L. Allen Jr. Italian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, who disappeared in Syria in 2013. (Credit: Society of Jesus.) ROME – Last night, a torchlit rally took place in front of Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a native Roman and Jesuit missionary in Syria…

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Antwerp police round up gang linked to humanitarian visas

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Police in Antwerp yesterday carried out 46 house searches leading to 15 arrests, in an investigation of a criminal gang thought to be linked to the scandal of humanitarian visas granted to Syrian and Iraqi Christians. Last month a Mechelen city councillor was arrested and charged with corruption for…

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Iraqi Christians fear returning home, wary of Shia militia

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By Lisa Stevens – BARTELLA: Only a fraction of Christian residents has returned to the northern Iraqi town of , two years since it was liberated from Islamic State militants. Many fear intimidation by the town‘s population of Shabak, a Shiite Muslim ethnic group that dominates the militias now running Bartella. The tensions are a…

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