New report says global hunger crisis worsening

Brittney Bain |

WASHINGTON-The number of people living in extreme poverty has grown by 100 million, and the number of hungry people has increased by 75 million in the last two years, according to a report issued Monday (Nov. 24) by the Bread for the World Institute.

Jews, Muslims seek better ties in `Twinning’ program

Nicole Neroulias |

NEW YORK-Nicole Neroulias reports on a new nationwide interfaith initiative that says Jews and Muslims have more to learn than fear from each other. More than 100 mosques and synagogues signed up for a “Weekend of Twinning” in hopes of forming relationships to confront the dual threats of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Jews, Muslims seek better ties in `Twinning’ program

c. 2008 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ The mistrust and misconceptions between North America’s Jews and Muslims may run thick and deep, but leaders of a new nationwide interfaith initiative say the two sides have more to learn than fear from each other. That was the message issued this weekend (Nov. 21-23) in more […]

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c. 2008 Religion News ServiceNew report says global hunger crisis worseningWASHINGTON (RNS) The number of people living in extreme poverty has grown by 100 million, and the number of hungry people has increased by 75 million in the last two years, according to a report issued Monday (Nov. 24) by the Bread for the World […]

Third Day scores high note at American Music Awards

The Christian rock band Third Day, was named favorite artist in the contemporary inspirational category at the annual American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 23). The band is listed among the winners on the awards’ Web site, which also included more details about them here. Third Day is currently on tour so they missed being […]

Bob Jones U. apologizes for its racist past

Bob Jones University, the conservative Christian school in Greenville, S.C., has apologized for its racist past, the Associated Press reported. Posted on the school’s Web site is a “Statement about Race at Bob Jones University,” which says its policies were shaped “for far too long” by “the segregationist ethos of American culture” rather than by […]

Report suggests CIA covered up role in missionary death

Steve Gunn |

MUSKEGON, Mich. _ A top-ranking Republican said he will call for a new federal inquiry into an alleged CIA cover-up in the 2001 military attack on a small plane in Peru that killed an American missionary and her infant child. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said […]

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c. 2008 Religion News Service Nepal’s Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage CHENNAI, India (RNS) Nepal’s Supreme Court has given its consent to same-sex marriages, ordering the country’s Maoist-led government to craft laws to guarantee full rights to gays and lesbians, including the right to marriage. “This is a landmark decision for the sexual minorities and […]