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News on The 700 Club: April 21, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," April 21: Paris terror attack comes days before French elections; Christian and Jewish ministry marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with a call to action, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to "The 700 Club."

Let's go over to the CBN News desk for today's top headlines.

Gordon, French authorities are investigating the deadly

terrorist attack in the Champs-Elysees shopping

district, and the brutal assault could have a political impact

on Sunday's French elections.

Charlene Aaron has the story.

CHARLENE AARON: The attack happened just

after 9:00 PM in the heart of Paris.

A gunman, armed with military-style weapons,

walked up to a police van and opened fire.

I saw three guys coming in a grey Audi and shoots only

police and kill one of the police and injure one.

Then I have to run away.

I was here walking in Champs-Elysees.

CHARLENE AARON: The gunman killed one police officer,

and seriously wounded two other officers

before other police killed him.

A woman tourist was also injured.

ISIS claims responsibility, and may

have been directly involved, rather than just inspiring

the attack.

French authorities say the suspect was reportedly

detained in February for threatening police, then freed.

Police searched his home in eastern Paris overnight.

President Trump condemned the attack.

DONALD TRUMP: Our condolences from our country

to the people of France.

It looks like another terrorist attack and what can you say?

CHARLENE AARON: The attack comes just days

before the first round of the French elections on Sunday.

Some think it might help the far right candidate, Marine Le

Pen, who has taken a hard line on immigration

issues and terrorism.

The attack shows the ongoing threat in France

and elsewhere in Europe, and it could

lead to growing public pressure on governments

to stop Islamic terrorism.

Charlene Aaron, CBN News.

The Christian governor of Jakarta

is free from charges of blasphemy against the Koran.

At a court appearance Thursday, Indonesian prosecutors

decided to end their trial against Basuki Purnama, also

known as Ahok.

The decision came just a few days

after he lost his re-election bid against the former Minister

of Education.

If he had been convicted, he could have served up

to five years in prison.

Armenians around the world will soon

pause to remember family lost to genocide, many of them

Christians.

The 102-year-old catastrophe is an often forgotten story

in Turkey's history.

But it's the inspiration for a fictional film in theaters

today.

I sat down with the stars for this look at "The Promise."

[VIDEO PLAYBACK]

I have to go.

Mikael.

I have to find them.

Mikael.

Leave these people alone.

You're safe in the woods.

No, no.

I'm not safe.

No one here is safe.

EFREM GRAHAM: In "The Promise," Oscar Isaac

plays an Armenian desperate to save his family from being

rounded up and killed.

The legendary Chris Myers.

Emre Ogan.

EFREM GRAHAM: Christian Bale portrays an American journalist

documenting the atrocities.

Still, there is a love story.

[END PLAYBACK]

You read this script and you get to the end.

How would you describe the story?

Heartbreaking?

How do you describe it?

It's a heartbreaking story of survival.

It attempts to show this very human story set

inside a very tragic time, which is

the Armenian Genocide at the turn of the century, 1915,

where 1.5 million Armenians perished.

This is described as one of the greatest and least

known catastrophes of the 20th century.

Any thoughts on why?

You are getting the crumbling of the Ottoman Empire,

and the birth of the Turkish nation.

There was great Turkish nationalism in that time.

And then the lack of consequences,

and hence the lack of knowledge about it--

of course it's uncomfortable to admit

that the birth of a nation came from the pains

of the extermination of an entire race.

What's the ultimate promise in "The Promise"?

Well, there's a promise that the character of Mikael

has towards the woman he's betrothed to,

that he will return.

But I think overall there is a promise

never to forget by the filmmakers,

by Armenians in general, by anybody who has lost somebody.

And those are today's top stories from CBN News.

Now let's

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