This year's European Prayer Breakfast stood in the light of the conflict in Israel and Gaza.
Evert van Vlastuin, CNE.news
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Evert van Vlastuin (1972) has been working as a journalist since the early 90s. He has interviewed several Nobel Peace Prize winners as former South African president F. W. de Klerk and two from Northern Ireland, John Hume and David Trimble. From 2001, he worked as a foreign news reporter for the Dutch Reformed Daily (RD.nl). Since 2021, he has worked as managing editor for the start-up CNE.news. Respond to Evert by [e-mail](email@example.com).
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