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As the world focuses on Jerusalem’s Old City on this Good Friday, watching the throngs of Christian pilgrims, some bearing wooden crosses, making their way along the cobblestoned Via Dolorosa (the Way of Sorrows) — the path that Jesus walking on his way to His Crucifixion — the followers of Christ continue to suffer persecution for their faith.

A leader in the Syrian rebel forces admits fighting side-by-side with al-Qaeda.

Father Frans (Francis) Van der Lugt, a Jesuit priest, was shot and killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on April 7. Van der Lugt, who was 75 years old, had done missionary work in Syria since 1966 and had refused to leave the Old City of Homs during more than three years of war.

Anja Niedringhaus, a German photojournalist working for the Associated Press, was shot and killed on April 4 by an Afghan policeman. Her colleague, Kathy Gannon, a Canadian AP reporter, was shot twice and was in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a hospital in Khost. She was afterward transferred to a medical center at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul and U.S. officials said the military is attempting to evacuate her.

Two and a half weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared without a trace about an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 8, the discovery of 122 objects floating in the southern Indian Ocean by a French satellite provides newfound hope that the missing plane’s crash site may have been located.

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