A UK Archbishop, Most Rev John Davies, has said people should pay close attention to the recent conflict between the US and Iran.  The statement comes after the US killed top Iranian general Qas-sem Solei-mani in an airstrike in Iraq on Friday. The man who has replaced Solei-mani has warned that American bases, warships and soldiers are now fair targets. Meanwhile, Mr Trump has insisted the US will strike back perhaps disproportionately if Iran retaliates.

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide, CSW has urged people to not stop raising awareness of religious persecution happening in China after a recent spate of violations over the Christmas period. According to CSW, abuses included arbitrary detention, harassment and restrictions on religious activities.

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The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development is urging the Catholic community to give to a growing food crisis in Zimbabwe and Zambia. According to the UN, more than 7 million people in Zimbabwe with a population of 14 million, and 2.3 million in Zambia are facing the bleak prospect of starvation.

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Christian priest Rev Patrick McInerey joined a group of Muslims in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday to pray for rain as communities continue to battle wildfires. At least 24 people have died and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the fires which began in September. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced funding of over a billion US dollars to help boost relief efforts.

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Bible translators from more than 400 language groups are ready to begin work on translating the scriptures now that they have access to the appropriate technology. The Wycliffe Associates organisation plans and funds Bible translations. It aims to get the Bible in every language group by helping local people translate.

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