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  • HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan says it will provide Vietnam six vessels as part of a grant aid package that will boost Hanoi’s maritime security patrol capacity at a time the country is locked in a territorial standoff with China in the South China Sea.

    The deal announced Friday for

  • GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip went into effect Friday following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting that killed 17 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers.

    The cease-fire, announced by the U.S. and the U.N. hours earlier, took effect at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT)

  • BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to strike hard against graft in the military, urging soldiers to banish corrupt practices and ensure their loyalty to the ruling Communist Party, state media reported on Friday.

    The vow to punish graft in the military

  • KAOHSIUNG Taiwan (Reuters) – An explosion caused by a gas leak killed 24 people and injured 271 in Taiwan’s second city on Friday, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, setting entire blocks ablaze and reducing small shops to rubble.

    The Central Disaster Emergency

  • KAOHSIUNG Taiwan (Reuters) – An explosion caused by a gas leak killed 24 people and injured 271 in Taiwan’s second city on Friday, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, setting entire blocks ablaze and reducing small shops to rubble.

    The Central Disaster Emergency


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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw scattered nine hits and struck out nine while tying his career-best winning streak of 10 games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.

    Kershaw (13-2) pitched his second consecutive complete game for the second time in his career. He is unbeaten in his last 11 starts with a 10-0 record since June 2. The left-hander beat the Braves for the first time during the regular season in his

  • PHOENIX (AP) — Andy Marte hit a two-run home run and Aaron Hill added a solo shot in the sixth inning to power the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night.

    Nick Ahmed hit the Diamondbacks’ third home run, an eighth-inning solo shot that was the first of his major-league career.

    Marte, called up from Triple-A Reno earlier on in the day to help fill the roster spots vacated by the trades of Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado, took Jeff

  • (Reuters) – Steve Johnson pulled off another upset over one of the circuit’s big men at the Citi Open in Washington on Thursday, ousting towering ninth seed Ivo Karlovic 3-6 7-6 7-6, while top-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych was also eliminated in the third round.

    Johnson, who disposed of lofty fellow American and fifth seed John Isner on Wednesday, saved two match points against the 6ft-11in (2.11m) Karlovic and withstood a barrage of 27 aces to seal victory over the Croat in

  • STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams advanced to the Bank of the West quarterfinals Thursday night, beating fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-6 (1).

    After the 10th-ranked Azarenka, who celebrated her 25th birthday, saved three match points to force to tie it 6-6, Williams won the first five points in the tiebreaker.

    Azarenka’s second serve was the biggest difference between the two hard-hitting players. She won just 32 percent of her second serves, handing

  • BALTIMORE (AP) — Albert Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Thursday night to avert a three-game series sweep.

    Tyler Skaggs and six relievers combined on a five-hitter, and David Freese matched a career high with four hits to help Los Angeles improve to 3-10 in one-run games on the road.

    Skaggs had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning before leaving with left forearm tightness. He was replaced by Mike


Religious News

  • NASHVILLE (BP) — For 17 years pastor Breonus Mitchell has preached to his congregation at Greater Grace Temple Community Church that they need to rely on faith in God to get them through the pain and suffering of life.

    Now, the Baptist pastor is choosing to put into practice what he has preached for so long.

    On June 29, Mitchell’s wife of 17 years, LaKisha, died at the age of 40 after an 18-month battle with breast cancer. She left behind her husband and two

  • RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) — Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs enriched worship, study and fellowship among those gathered at Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, an annual week of spiritual enrichment for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention.

    “Praise the Lord everybody. Come on, clap your hands and give Him some praise. Come on, just give Him a little more praise,” cried evening worship leader John Ray,

  • WASHINGTON (BP) — Mark Walker’s transition from pastoral ministry to congressional candidacy was based on his concern about tone as much as substance.

    Walker, who had served in multiple pastoral roles in Southern Baptist churches, gained a decisive upset July 15 in a runoff for the Republican nomination for the House of Representatives in North Carolina’s Sixth District.

    The pro-life, pro-marriage conservative began contemplating a congressional run while he

  • NIGERIA (BP) — Boko Haram extremists and others have killed nearly as many Nigerian Christians in the first seven months of this year as were killed in all of 2013, the advocacy group Jubilee Campaign reported Tuesday (July 29).

    Approximately 1,505 Nigerian Christians have been killed for their faith to date this year, compared to 1,783 Nigerian Christians killed in all of last year, based on Jubilee’s tally of deaths on its blog, a compilation of

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: 2nd VIEW is a key Baptist Press story that has been posted within the past several days. For a listing of additional key stories in Baptist Press in recent days, always take a look at the daily [URL=]RECENT NEWS[/URL] listing.

    Originally posted July 29, 2014

    STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (BP) — Special needs children and their families have a cadre of buddies at Stewartstown Baptist Church.