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A Vigil in Memory of Terror Victims in Egypt

Join the Office of University Chaplain, Office of University Life, ISSO, and the Columbia MSA for a memorial moment for those killed in Egypt this past weekend. See the Facebook event here

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Islamic State Raises Stakes With Egypt Mosque Attack

ISMAILIA, Egypt — The mosque was packed with hundreds of worshippers for Friday prayers in Egypt’s North Sinai when gunmen in military-style uniforms and masks appeared in a doorway and at windows. The ease with which they mounted an attack – killing more than 300 people in the worst bloodshed of its kind in Egypt’s […]

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A Trip Through the Stunning, Rock-Hewed Churches of Ethiopia

King Lalibela wanted to construct these churches because Ethiopian Orthodox Christians wanted to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to see the birthplace of Jesus Christ. But many were unable to make or perished during the journey. When King Lalibela saw that, he envisioned a New Jerusalem to which the faithful could make the pilgrimage. Read […]

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A Holocaust Survivor Reunites with Newly Discovered Nephew

KFAR SABA, Israel (AP) — Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace. Then he kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language […]

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On the Streets, the Eyes of the Homeless Reveal Many Stories

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s easy to walk past the homeless, to disregard the guy lying on the street or ignore the woman standing at an intersection holding a handwritten sign with a plea for help. It’s harder to look away when you’ve seen their eyes. Read the full story

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