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Apr 30 2007 Missionary School Headmaster Brutally Beaten in Rajasthan

Fact Finding Team of the All India Christian Council Will Visit Jaipur  
By Madhu Chandra, Regional Secretary, All India Christian Council
Special to ASSIST News ServiceRAJASTHAN, INDIA (ANS) – On April 22, 2007, a Christian school Headmaster cum Pastor was mercilessly beaten in the capital of Rajasthan, a northwestern Indian state known as “The land of kings.”
On […]


Apr 30 2007 US Congress Recommends Better Food for Schools

WASHINGTON - A new report — commissioned by the U.S. Congress — recommends strong nutritional guidelines for the food that is sold in the nation’s schools.  Existing federal standards apply only to food served in school cafeterias. This report takes aim at food sold in school vending machines and at snack bars.  
The U.S. National Institutes […]


Apr 30 2007 US: Terrorist Attacks Worldwide Rise 25 Percent

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department says both the number of terrorist attacks worldwide and their victims soared last year.In its annual global survey of terrorism released Monday, the State Department says about 14,000 terror attacks occurred in 2006, a rise of 25 percent over the previous year. More than 20,000 people were killed, a […]


Apr 30 2007 US Troop Surge in Iraq Enters Third Month

WASHINGTON - The ongoing surge of additional U.S. troops in Iraq will soon enter its third month, and while sectarian violence is down in Baghdad, progress has been offset by an increase in deadly suicide bombings by al-Qaida insurgents. Middle East and military analysts say it is still too early to tell whether the counterinsurgency […]


Apr 30 2007 Japan Planning to Revise Pacifist Constitution

TOKYO - After years of talking about it, Japan’s governing party has moved ahead this month with plans to revise the country’s constitution. The changes would expand the role of Japan’s military - a significant break from its post-World War II pacifist era that is giving rise to fear that Japan could return to its […]


Apr 30 2007 Lebanon War Report Brings Calls for Olmert Resignation

JERUSALEM - Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is facing growing calls for his resignation before the publication of an official inquiry into last year’s war in Lebanon. But despite expectations of a highly critical report, the prime minister’s aides say he has no intention of stepping down.Parliamentarians across Israel’s political spectrum are demanding that Prime Minister […]


Apr 30 2007 Iraq War Funding Battle Enters New Phase

WHITE HOUSE - The fight between President Bush and the U.S. Congress over funding for the Iraq war enters a new phase this week. The president is about to veto a bill linking money for military operations to a withdrawal plan. Both sides are talking tough as they prepare to start the legislative process all […]


Apr 29 2007 Somali Government Troops Patrol Mogadishu

WASHINGTON - Somali government troops and their Ethiopian allies are patrolling the streets of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, as the city remains quiet following days of heavy fighting with insurgents.Reports from the capital say soldiers are searching vehicles for weapons at various places around the city Saturday.  Some looting of homes and businesses was reported on […]


Apr 29 2007 Iraqi Christians Face Mounting Threats, MP Says

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST MinistriesERBIL, IRAQ (ANS) – Christians in Iraq are facing a mounting number of threats that are forcing them into exile, a Christian parliamentarian in Iraq’s Kurdistan region says.
Christians in Iraq are facing a mounting number of threats that are forcing them into exile, a Christian parliamentarian in Iraq’s Kurdistan region […]


Apr 29 2007 Iran To Attend International Iraq Security Conference

WASHINGTON - Iraqi officials say Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed Sunday that his government will attend a major international conference on Iraq set for this week in Egypt.
A statement from Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said Mr. Ahmadinejad telephoned the Iraqi leader and told him Tehran would participate.
The announcement came shortly after Iran said […]


Apr 29 2007 President Bush Calls For Immigration Reform

MIAMI - President Bush has called on Congress to make new efforts at immigration reform. Mr. Bush made the call in a speech to college graduates in Miami.
President Bush congratulated graduates and their families during the commencement ceremony at Miami Dade College.
The president noted the area has one of the largest immigrant populations, and that […]


Apr 28 2007 President Bush Warns Congress on Withdrawal Timetable

WASHINGTON - President Bush warned Congress Friday that he will continue vetoing war spending bills as long as they contain a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
Speaking at Camp David, the Maryland presidential retreat, a day after Congress approved legislation that calls for U.S. troops to begin leaving Iraq by October 1, […]


Apr 28 2007 al-Qaida Network Remains a Mystery

WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia announced Friday the roundup of 172 suspected terrorists for plots to attack Saudi installations. Those arrested are believed to be local members of al-Qaida. In this background report, there are disagreements among Western intelligence analysts about the organization of today’s al-Qaida on the global and local level.
The Taleban was ousted from […]


Apr 28 2007 Former CIA Director Criticizes Vice President Cheney

WASHINGTON - The former director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is strongly criticizing Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials, saying they led the country into war with Iraq without conducting a serious debate about whether Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat to the United States. George Tenet levels the charges in […]


Apr 27 2007 Christian leader arrested in Uzbekistan

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceUZBEKISTAN (ANS) – Another Christian leader has been arrested in Uzbekistan as authorities continue their harassment of Christian leaders.
Another Christian leader has been arrested in Uzbekistan as authorities continue their harassment of Christian leaders.According to Barnabas Fund, which works to support Christian communities around the world where they are […]


Apr 27 2007 Hundreds Demonstrate Outside Vietnamese Embassy Demanding Freedom

By Scott Johnson, Advisor to the Montagnard Foundation
Special to ASSIST News ServiceWASHINGTON, DC (ANS) – “Those who are hostile and extremely resistant treat them severely and publicly denounce them to the citizens explaining their activities of destroying the country, dividing the ethnic groups, and their other illegal actions.” Vietnamese Government Document, Central Bureau of Religious […]


Apr 27 2007 General Petraeus: Iran-Linked Group Attacked US Troops

PENTAGON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq says an Iraqi group affiliated with an elite Iranian force carried out an attack last year in which five U.S. soldiers were killed near the Iraqi town of Karbala. The statement by General David Petraeus follows months of suspicion about Iranian involvement in the incident, but the […]


Apr 26 2007 US Authorities Fail to Protect Native American Women From Rape

Federal Government’s Jurisdictional Maze and Chronic Under-Funding of Law Enforcement and Indian Health Services Mean Justice Denied for Native Women
WASHINGTON — Native American and Alaska Native women in the United States suffer disproportionately high levels of rape and sexual violence, yet the federal government has created substantial barriers to accessing justice, Amnesty International (AI) asserted […]


Apr 26 2007 US Officials Urge Missile Defense in Europe

CAPITOL HILL - U.S. officials are stepping up efforts to persuade skeptical European nations about what the Bush administration argues is the need for extending missile defense over Europe. A key administration official briefed U.S. lawmakers Wednesday on his recent consultations in Europe as Defense Secretary Robert Gates concluded his own tour of the continent […]


Apr 26 2007 US Invites Iranian Wrestlers For Olympic Training

STATE DEPARTMENT - The State Department says Iranian wrestlers are being invited to the United States to train with American wrestlers for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. It says efforts are under way to increase the limited sports exchanges between the two countries.
Officials here say an invitation has gone out to the Iranian wrestling federation […]


Apr 26 2007 House Passes US Troop Withdrawal Timetable

WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has approved a war funding bill that includes a timetable for the eventual withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Iraq. The vote was 218 to 208. The Senate will consider it Thursday, but President Bush plans to veto the final product reaching his desk.
Debate on the conference report […]


Apr 25 2007 Mass Arrest of Chinese and American Christian Leaders in Xinjiang

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST MinistriesMIDLAND, TX (ANS) – Aid Association (CAA) has told ANS that it has learned though “credible sources” that on April 19, 2007 in Akesu City, located in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, that about 30 major Chinese house church leaders were arrested when they met with four American […]


Apr 25 2007 Baghdad Prayer Patrol aims to provide spiritual support to US troops in Iraq

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceBAGHDAD, IRAQ (ANS) – A new Christian website, dedicated to prayer for Iraq, has been launched to coincide with the recent surge in US military forces in Baghdad.
A new Christian website, dedicated to prayer for Iraq, has been launched to coincide with the recent surge in US military forces […]


Apr 25 2007 US Lawmakers Investigate Military Disinformation

CAPITOL HILL - Family members of Pat Tillman, a soldier killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, have testified before a congressional committee examining disinformation from the U.S. military. Lawmakers also heard from former Army soldier Jessica Lynch, who was hailed as a hero amid initial military reports, later proved to be false, about […]


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