* Bill Tarter resigned as the president of Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) on June 22, 11 months after he succeeded the retiring founder, Robert H. Bowman. "The board requested his resignation after thoroughly investigating charges of impropriety made by present and past staff members of FEBC," Bowman wrote in a letter to donors. "The situation had to do with inappropriate conduct and a degree of personal moral failure."

On August 15, the board named Bowman's son, Jim, executive vice president, to oversee daily administrative decisions and take overall responsibility for the ministry. Jim Bowman has been with FEBC for 32 years and had served before the appointment as head of operations since 1977.

* Campus Crusade for Christ International worker Uzziel Karangwa and three Free Methodist pastors working with him were murdered in July in Kibungo, Rwanda. They had been showing the film Jesus in Rwandan villages near the Tanzanian border. Marie Umuhire, a Jesus film staff member in charge of coordinating materials for follow-up, also was killed along with her family and a guard at Campus Crusade's headquarters in Kigali.

* The Australian Senate in July passed a law providing for prison terms of from 12 to 17 years for residents who have sexual relations with children in foreign countries. The Child Sex Tourism Bill targets pedophiles who travel overseas. Germany, Sweden, and Norway have passed similar laws.

* The Swedish Parliament has followed a Scandinavian trend and approved the Registered Partnership Law by a 171-to-141 vote, permitting homosexuals to marry. Denmark became the first country in the world to allow same-sex marriages in 1989. Norway did the same last year.

* Russell Dilday, fired in March after 16 years as president ...

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