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Russia and China signed a 30-year, $400 billion deal for Gazprom to deliver Russian natural gas to Communist China, highlighting the emergence of a new increasingly anti-Western Sino-Soviet bloc.

The United States accused five Chinese of espionage against American corporations, while China called the charges "overbearing and hypocritical."

Research shows that officially atheist Communist China is on track to become the world's most Christian nation in the next 15 years.

Three American medical workers, including a doctor, were shot and killed by an Afghan police security guard at a Kabul, Afghanistan, hospital on April 24. District Police Chief Hafiz Khan told reporters that a police guard suddenly fired on the staff he was assigned to protect at Kabul’s Cure International Hospital, reported USA Today. The hospital’s specialties include maternal and child health, general surgery, and family health.

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.

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