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Alex Smirnov

Driven by reports of brutal schoolyard bullying, several French companies launched insurance plans last year that would reimburse students for almost anything from stolen textbooks to ripped clothing, according to Associated Press. Among claims covered by “bully insurance” are pieces of property deliberately damaged or stolen by other children, along with compensation for medical expenses […] Read More

Around the world, the number of one-parent families is on the rise. World trends are similar to those in the United States, where the number of single-parent families is growing while the number of nuclear families declines. The 2000 U.S. Census Bureau reported that 24.8 million, or nearly 24 percent of the nation’s 105.5 million […] Read More

Humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan are not ready to call famine relief efforts in the region a success. Following recent assurances from the White House and the United Nations that widespread famine has been averted in Afghanistan, reports came that local warlords looted the food stored for distribution among civilians, according to U.S. and British […] Read More

Practicing Muslims in Great Britain could outnumber worshiping Anglicans by 2013, according to a new survey. In 2000, there were about 620,000 practicing Muslims in Great Britain, and they are expected to reach 750,000 by 2005, according to a study by the Christian Research organization, reported the Daily Telegraph. Should the current trend continue, the […] Read More

“This is a cultural war,” said Ken Ham told the Los Angeles Times. Ham is director of the global ministry Answers in Genesis and creator of a museum he said will take the “offensive against the scientific establishment.” Ham is building a $14-million museum to confront the theory of evolution in northern Kentucky, across the […] Read More

Street preachers are turning to courts in defense of their First Amendment rights. The Oregon Court of Appeals recently ruled that the Eugene, Ore., police wrongly used a disorderly conduct ordinance two years ago to suppress the free speech rights of street preacher Daniel John Lee, according to the Register-Guard in Eugene. Police did not […] Read More

Christians are being urged to honor Ramadan through praying, fasting and calling for a halt to bombing in Afghanistan. Ramadan is a Muslim holy month of fasting that begins Friday, Nov. 16 and ends Dec. 17. “I’m going to fast sometime during Ramadan,” wrote Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in […] Read More

Internet users around the world will be able to block controversial sites from children as early as November, an independent content rating entity said in a news conference in Washington, D.C, last week. Independent Content Rating Association, which lists prominent Web services as members in the United States and worldwide, said the first version of […] Read More

Americans have shifted their priorities from domestic to international issues in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a recent Gallup poll. Also, trust in the government, the president and Congress has surged to all-time highs, with President Bush receiving the highest presidential approval rating ever recorded by Gallup–90 percent. Three international […] Read More

An estimated one million Afghans will likely starve if the World Food Program fails to return staff to the country, according to Reuters. Three weeks’ worth of food is still available in warehouses in major Afghan cities, but the concern is over rural areas, hard hit by drought, where such supplies cannot be delivered, Khaled […] Read More