05/26/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that multiple masked gunmen attacked a caravan of Coptic Christians traveling to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in Minya province, Egypt. Minya province is approximately 140 miles south of Cairo.

Sources told ICC that two buses and two other vehicles were traveling from a village to the monastery to pray. Most of the passengers in the buses were children. The source also informed ICC that the caravan was “in front of the Abu Tartour plateau when 10 masked [militants] in four 4×4 vehicles intercepted [the caravan] …and opened fire.” The source continued, “[The attack] resulted in the death of 35, most of them kids and more than 25 are injured.” So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The precision and execution of this attack led the source to believe that “the militants carried out this attack very carefully; they knew the details of the trip and its time and ambushed the buses.”

In recent months, radical extremists have hunted Coptic Christians. In April 2017, ISIS suicide bombers killed approximately 70 Christians in two church bombings on Palm Sunday.

On May 6, a Coptic Christian, who ran away from El-Arish, was murdered after he returned to his barbershop. Four masked gunmen shot him, following the pattern established in the January and February murders of seven Coptic Christians.

In February 2017, hundreds of Christian families fled their homes in El-Arish, a city located in the Sinai Peninsula, after ISIS carried out a series of murders targeting Christians. Between January 30 and February 23, seven Christian men living in and around El-Arish were targeted and murdered by masked men. During the height of the killings, an ISIS affiliate in the Sinai region promised to eliminate the Christian minority, claiming that Egypt’s Christians were the group’s “favorite prey.”

On December 11, 2016, a suicide bomber attacked the small church of St. Peter and St. Paul, attached to St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral located in Cairo. As a result of that attack, 25 Christians, mostly women and children, were killed.

Coptic Christians make up approximately 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 92 million. These constant attacks have created an atmosphere of insecurity and fear among Coptic Christians. President al-Sisi declared a state of emergency after the Palm Sunday bombings, but it has done little to curb the violence.

William Stark, ICC’s Regional Manager, said, “These attacks are blatant and targeted acts of persecution against Christians. Extremist groups, especially ISIS, have declared Christians to be their ‘favorite prey’ and seek to eliminate the Christian minority. The government must be more intentional about protecting vulnerable minorities and punishing the attackers. Continual support for displaced families is vital, whether it is food, housing, or medical care. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time.”

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By Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

On June 1st, the Commonwealth of Kentucky will celebrate the 225th anniversary of its admittance as a state into the Union. Originally a part of Virginia known as “the Kentucky County,” it became the 15th state of this nation in 1792. So today, I want to celebrate my home state of Kentucky, a place the Native American Wyandot nation called the “land of tomorrow.” Once considered the far western frontier, Kentucky has developed into a state with diverse industries, a strong heritage, and international prominence.

When you think about my home state, many things follow as distinctly Kentuckian. The natural beauty of our mountains, farmlands and river ways foster deep love. Blessed with fertile land and an abundance of coal, Kentucky’s cultural heritage has developed in both the fields and the mines. The proud tradition of the Commonwealth includes bourbon and basketball, but also pioneers, statesmen, artists, scholars, and athletes.

From the days of Daniel Boone’s heroic exploration through the Cumberland Gap, Kentucky has been home to numerous courageous men and women. The trailblazing spirit has animated Kentuckians from all walks of life throughout the generations. A pioneer of abdominal surgery, Ephraim McDowell expanded the boundaries of medical science. Tori Murden McClure rowed across the Atlantic Ocean as the first American and first woman to brave the waters alone. Responsible for a world famous fried chicken recipe, Colonel Harland Sanders franchised his store at the age of 62 and taught us all that it’s never too late to chase our passion. Acclaimed news anchor Diane Sawyer, born in Glasgow, began her career as a weather forecaster in Louisville. And Muhammad Ali, an international sports legend, became a global ambassador for peace.

The Commonwealth has given rise to statesmen who have defended the Union, protected our liberties, and represented Kentucky values. Leaders like Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, and Alben Barkley each left an indelible imprint on the history of our nation. Civil rights icon Georgia Powers fought against racial injustice in our state, inspired Kentucky to open public accommodations, and was the first African American to serve in the Kentucky state Senate.

Kentucky’s poets, musicians, and actors have garnered international acclaim for their craft. Jesse Stuart’s poems and short stories captured the beauty of Kentucky’s mountains, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Penn Warren described the unbreakable link between poetry and democracy. The National Quilt Museum in Paducah is a global center of creativity and tourism. Kentucky is also home to music legends and Grammy Award winners like Loretta Lynn and Chris Stapleton and the birthplace of entertainment stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp.

In the world’s greatest college basketball rivalry between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, legendary coaches and unforgettable players have, for decades, kept fans on the edges of their seats until the final buzzer. For over 140 years, the Kentucky Derby has been known as a mile and a quarter that makes champions and brings the eyes of the world to Louisville.

I am exceptionally proud to represent Kentucky in the United States Senate, and I am forever grateful to the people of my home state for giving me the opportunity to do just that. Kentucky has a distinguished history, and I’m confident that trailblazers and pioneers from across the Bluegrass State will continue to make it the land of tomorrow. It’s my honor to call the Commonwealth my home, and I look forward to celebrating this 225th anniversary.

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LOS ANGELES, May 25, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Former Arkansas Governor, presidential candidate, and longtime popular political commentator Mike Huckabee has teamed up with global faith-and-family television leader Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) for a new weekly news and talk show premiering this fall exclusively on TBN. “Huckabee” will combine Gov. Huckabee’s commentary on news-of-the-day and current issues, along with guests from the worlds of politics, entertainment and faith. The program will follow a similar format from his fan-favorite Fox News Channel talk show of the same title, which aired on the network from 2008 until 2015 and averaged nearly 2 million viewers, with more than half of those falling in the 25-54 demographic. “Huckabee” will be taped in front of a live studio audience in Nashville, Tenn.

“We are excited to add ‘Huckabee’ to our lineup at TBN, as the first of many new developments at our network,” says TBN Chairman Matt Crouch. “Mike has a decades-long reputation for compassionate statesmanship, solid biblical counsel, and solid common sense perspective. His is a welcome voice of wisdom, integrity, and faith that America sorely needs right now.”

“TBN is the perfect home for this new television offering,” says Huckabee. “I am grateful to Matt Crouch for sharing the vision of a weekend destination on TV where we talk to newsmakers and celebrities in a civil and respectful manner as well as introduce America to some not-so-famous people whose stories remind us that the greatness of our nation is about the people who love God, raise their families, and serve their neighbors.”

He adds, “The show will make its home in Nashville, TN, right in the middle of America.  It’s one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and a totally fun place to be. And there’s just a wee bit of amazing talent there.  Expect some politics and current events, but if you originate in Nashville and don’t feature music, you would be run out of Nashville! We will inform, inspire, and entertain.”

One of the nation’s foremost Christian and political voices, Gov. Huckabee has built a career as a public servant and as a strong spokesman for faith and family values. After serving Arkansas as its 44th Governor (1996-2007), one of the longest serving in that office, Gov. Huckabee made a run for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

In 2008 he went on to host “Huckabee” on Fox News Channel until 2015 when he left to explore a potential bid for the presidency. He also hosted the syndicated radio show The Huckabee Report, which aired three times daily on nearly 600 radio stations across the nation from 2008-2015. He has authored numerous books including the New York Times bestsellers God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, and Do the Right Thing, and continues to be a Fox News Channel contributor, and one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers.

For more information and updates about “Huckabee” please visit:tbn.org/huckabee/

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