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Michael Ireland is an international British freelance journalist. A former reporter with a London newspaper, Michael is Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service of Lake Forest, California. Michael immigrated to the United States in 1982 and became a US citizen in September, 1995. He is married with two adult children. Michael has also been a frequent contributor to United Christian Broadcasters , a British Christian radio station. His stories for ASSIST News may be viewed at ASSIST News Service Michael's writing activities are a sponsored ministry department -- Michael Ireland Media Missionary (MIMM) -- of Artists in Christian Testimony (ACT) International where you can donate online to his stated mission of 'Truth Through Christian Journalism.'

Monday, May 25, 2009

Vicar of Baghdad: 'Fighting for Peace in the Middle East Not Just One Problem, But Many'

By Michael Ireland,
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (ANS) -- Many people present solutions to the various crises in the Middle East; many more think they have solutions to the region's manifold problems.

However, Rev. Canon Andrew White, president and CEO of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, and chaplain of St. George's Church in Baghdad, who is affectionately known as The Vicar of Baghdad, says: "The reality is that the Middle East does not have just one problem. Those who think that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will solve all the problems in the region are very wrong."

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All 16 Imprisoned Chinese Christians Released From Detention in Henan Province

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

HENAN, CHINA (ANS) -- The remaining 16 Christians from China Gospel Fellowship (CGF) house church group who were imprisoned by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) in Xinye, Henan province were released early from administrative detention on the afternoon of May 9.

ChinaAid here says in a media release that even though the prisoners had not completed their sentences of 10-14 days in detention or paid their fines of 1,000 Yuan ($150 US), the officials did not require any other terms for their release.

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Countdown for 'Cape Town 2010' Now in its Late Stages, Media invited to 'Spread the Word'

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (ANS) -- Planning is now in the late stages for the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, an historic gathering of evangelical leaders known as 'Cape Town 2010', to be held in South Africa in October 2010.

Founded by Billy Graham and John Stott, The Lausanne Movement -- which has met twice before to discuss current thinking and strategy for world evangelization -- will be gathering again next year, this time in Cape Town, South Africa, October 16-25, 2010.

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