Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika Narrowly Wins Re-election With 38.57% of the Vote

FILE PHOTO: Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika speaks at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
President Peter Mutharika won Malawi’s presidential election with 38.57% of votes, the electoral commission said on Monday, narrowly securing another five-year term after delays over suspected tampering.
Voters in the southern African nation cast ballots for a president and parliament last Tuesday in a bruising race between Mutharika and two former allies, Lazarus Chakwera and Deputy President Saulos Chilima, with results due at the weekend.
But on Saturday a court granted the opposition an injunction after the electoral commission (MEC) received 147 cases of irregularities, includi...

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British Environment Secretary Michael Gove Enters Race to Succeed Theresa May

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 file photo Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove arrives at Downing Street. London. Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that she will leave 10 Downing Street has set off a fierce competition to succeed her as Conservative Party leader _ and as the next prime minister. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
British Environment Secretary Michael Gove on Sunday became the eighth lawmaker to enter the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, as other contenders staked out uncompromising positions on Brexit.
Gove said Sunday that “I can confirm that I will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country” when May steps down as Conservative leader on June 7.
Other candidates for the top job include former Brexit Secretary Dominic...

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Yellow Vest Protest in Brussels Turns Violent; 350 Detained

Police detain a woman during a yellow vest protest with other groups in Brussels, Sunday, May 26, 2019. The demonstration took place as Belgium took to the polls to elect regional, national and European candidates. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A yellow vest protest march was taken over by black-hooded demonstrators and turned violent in Brussels, forcing authorities to detain a few hundred people.
The yellow vest demonstration was intended to be against social injustice on the day of European Parliament elections. But it degenerated into disorder, with some protesters pelting buildings and smashing barricades. Police intervened to disperse the violent demonstrators.
Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said around 350 people were briefly detained but were released later Sunday.
Polic...

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Facebook Plans to Launch ‘GlobalCoin’ Cryptocurrency in 2020

The setting up of a digital payments system in a dozen countries would allow Facebook users to make purchases or transfer money without needing a bank account. Photograph: Loïc Venance/AFP/Getty Images
Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries.
The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebook’s 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets, or to transfer money without needing a bank account.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, last month met the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to discuss the plans, according ...

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Poland Confronts the Problem of Clerical Abuse and Its Cover-Up by Church Authorities

In this photo taken on May 15, 2019, Barbara Borowiecka, a survivor of alleged abuse as a minor by a prominent Solidarity-era priest gestures during an interview with The Associated Press. A documentary film with testimony by victims of clerical abuse in Poland is so harrowing that it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with the problem in one of Europe’s most deeply Catholic societies. In December, Borowiecka, 62, told Polish media about being abused when she was 11 by Henryk Jankowski, a prominent prelate in Lech Walesa’s anti-communist Solidarity movement in Gdansk, where a monument of him stood. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
One victim spoke out, and then another, and another...

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North Korean Defector Recounts 10 Years of Abuse, Starvation, and Enslavement She Endured as an Orphan

Park Ji-Hye speaks during a North Korea Freedom Week event held at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2019. | The Christian Post
A North Korean defector recounted Thursday the “hell” she experienced during a decade full of abuse, starvation and enslavement as an orphan in the rogue nation, a fate that too many kids are still experiencing today under the Kim regime.
As part of a week-long advocacy effort in support of human rights reform in North Korea, Park Ji-Hye told attendees of an event held at the Family Research Council headquarters that she spent time in two different orphanages after her father died of starvation during the famine in the 1990s.
With her mom having been trafficked to China, Park said she knows too well the desperate situation ...

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WATCH: Two Florida Teens Who Prayed as They Nearly Drowned at Sea Are Rescued by Boat Named Amen

A pair of Florida teens who nearly drowned at sea had their prayers answered when an appropriately named  boat called Amen came to their rescue.
Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, both 17, who attend Christ Church Academy in Jacksonville, decided to visit Vilano Beach with a group of friends for senior skip day on April 18, ABC News reported Friday.
The trouble started when the teens decided to swim out farther than they were able, they said in an interview that aired on “Good Morning America.”

“Me and Heather’s idea originally was to swim to an island,” Smith said. “Me and her were like the strong, courageous ones of the group. Eventually one turned around and the next.”
“I asked Tyler, ‘Do you want to keep going?’” Brown added. “He said, ‘I don’t care...

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Cory Booker Criticized by LGBT Activists for Speaking at Evangelical, Anti-LGBT Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker opens the Newark Peace Education Summit early Friday, May 13, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The three-day summit on the power of nonviolence will include Nobel laureates, international leaders, local anti-violence activists and the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
After declining to speak at a Christian conservative gathering this week, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is facing pushback for previously speaking at an Illinois megachurch known for its biblical stance on sexuality and marriage.
The senator released last week 10 years’ worth of tax returns, which showed that he made about $1.7 million in speaking engagements over the course of five years from 2009 to 2013...

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Jen Pollock Michel on the Three-Letter Word That Undergirds Gospel Living

“You and Ryan seemed tired Friday,” my friend Janey said when she saw me at church. “Everything okay?” We had been to their house for a Christmas party two days earlier.
“Oh, we weren’t tired,” I said, laughing. “We were fighting.” The sky had been falling in thick flakes that Friday, the city roads a congested crawl under a whitened sky. A few more stolen moments in the car alone had afforded us just enough time for an argument.
“When are you taking your vacation days?” I had asked Ryan a few days earlier. It wasn’t exactly his answer that I had been brooding about for days and finally took up on the way to Janey’s. He did, in fact, plan to catch up while the office was quiet over the Christmas holidays...

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Mark Galli: Repenting of Identity Politics Like Christian Nationalism

Mark Galli is editor in chief of Christianity Today.
The March massacre of 50 Muslims during worship in New Zealand was first and foremost a human tragedy, one felt deeply around the world. Unfortunately the massacre also signaled a political tragedy, displaying the logical end to a type of engagement increasingly defining the public square: identity politics.
As British columnist Brendan O’Neill put it, “Increasingly, it feels like the New Zealand atrocity is what happens when the politics of identity, the reduction of everyone to cultural or racial creatures whose relationship with other cultural and racial cultures must be monitored and managed, comes to be the only game in public life.”
The simplest definition of identity politics is summarized at Wikipedia: “a tendency of peopl...

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