WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Netanyahu to be Israel's Next Leader

Israel's President Shimon Peres has chosen former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to assemble Israel's next government.

Netanyahu will now have six weeks to build the strongest possible coalition.

He says that because of the dangers facing israel, he wants a broad unity government of the large political parties. 

But Kadima party leader and election opponent Tzipi Livni says she won't serve in a government that is not committed to a Palestinian state.

READ MORE: Netanyahu: The Best Chance to Govern?


Panel Calls on Obama to Address Sudan

A religious freedom panel has called on President Obama to strengthen a fragile peace in Africa.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom wants the President to appoint a special envoy to Sudan.

The Christian south and Muslim north fought a 20-year civil war that left more than 2 million dead before signing a peace treaty in 2005.

The commission says the U.S. needs to ensure greater religious freedom for non-Muslims in the north, which is ruled by Islamic law.

The panel also urged the envoy to confront China for sending weapons into the country.

READ MORE: Africa Matters Blog


Kazakhstan Evangelicals See Victory for Religious Freedom

A court in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan threw out a restrictive religion law in the country this week, according to Mission Networks News.

Evangelicals are said to be "relieved" by the ruling.

The law would have banned evangelism and meetings by religious groups that are not approved by the government.

Kazakhstan is almost evenly split between Muslims and Russian Orthodox Christians.


Pakistan Deal Imposes Sharia Law

Pakistan has agreed to impose Islamic Sharia law and suspend a military offensive across a large part of the country.

The concession is aimed at pacifying a Taliban insurgency there and came after official talks with local Islamists, including one associated with the Taliban.

The U.S. has warned Pakistan that the change could allow militant groups near the Afghan border to rearm.

The deal did not mention any need for Taliban militants to give up arms.

READ MORE: Sharia Law: Tearing the West in Two

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