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Pentecostal church in Ethiopia told to close after it was attacked by mob
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:09:48 +0000

A Pentecostal church in Ethiopia has been ordered to stop meeting in a residential area, in the wake of a mob attack on the church, after which a church member was arrested for illegal activities that incited religious clashes.

Russia's Crackdown on Evangelism Leads to Prosecution of Mostly Christians 1 Year After 'Anti-Missionary' Law
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:25:00 +0000

Evangelical Protestants make up the majority of the 181 cases prosecuted by Russian authorities under the country's notorious 'anti-missionary' laws, which came into force last July, according to a report. Christians were also prosecuted in Crimea, which Russia occupied in 2014.

Christian Persecution in India Hits Record High in First Half of 2017
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:14:02 +0000

As reported earlier this year, the first quarter of 2017 saw 248 persecution incidents wherein Christians were harassed, threatened or attacked for their faith in India. More recent records indicate the number of incidents in first six months of 2017 is now up to 410 incidents. This represents an enormous increase in persecution as there were only 441 incidents reported in 2016 for the entire year.

North Korea is executing, torturing and enslaving those who practice religion, US says in new report
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:20:01 +0000

The North Korean regime has continued to position itself as one of the world's worst persecutors of the religious, torturing and killing people who practice their faith, according to a State Department report released Tuesday.

State Government in India Passes Anti-Conversion Bill Despite Widespread Opposition
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:36:45 +0000

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the Jharkhand Assembly, a state legislative body in northeastern India, passed the Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Bill-2017, also known as 'Jharkhand Dharma Swatantra Adhiniyam,' on Saturday, August 12. The bill will now be sent to the governor, following whose approval it would go to the president for final assent. The bill was passed by the BJP-led government despite significant opposition from religious groups, civil society, and the tribal groups across Jharkhand.

Kidnapped Pastor in Nigeria Released from Five Days of Captivity
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:26:15 +0000

Suspecting corrupt police and accusing the Nigerian government of failing to contain a rash of kidnappings, Christian leaders announced that a pastor abducted last week was freed on Wednesday (Aug. 9).

Christian Rights Activists in Vietnam Charged with Serious ‘Crimes’
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:20:32 +0000

After 19 long months of investigative detention following his Dec. 16, 2015 arrest, renowned human rights attorney Nguyen Van Dai was finally charged with a crime on July 30.

Gospel Being Released into N Korea by Balloon Offensive (Video)
Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:24:54 +0000

For nearly three decades, one Christian human rights group has carried out an unusual aerial offensive to encourage North Korea's secret believers.

North Korea releases pastor amid nuclear ICBM threats
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:44:23 +0000

Hyeun-soo Lim, the Korean Canadian church leader sentenced to life in prison with hard labour, has been freed today (9 August) 'on sick bail', says a North Korean state news agency. Convicted in December 2015 by the country’s Supreme Court of numerous charges, including an attempt to overthrow the government, he had been detained in North Korea since February 2015.

Fulani Herdsmen Kidnap Pastor in Plateau State, Central Nigeria
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:33:29 +0000

Armed Fulani herdsmen on Friday (Aug. 4) kidnapped a pastor as he and his driver were traveling in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, the wounded driver told Morning Star News.

Christian Convert Released from Prison in Iran after 4 Years
Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:30:41 +0000

A Christian convert from Islam has been released from prison in Iran where she had been held for four years.

Ethiopian Christian attacked with machetes for evangelizing
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:58:51 +0000

An Ethiopian Christian suffered deep wounds to the back of his head when he was attacked while alone in his home by a group of local Muslims with machetes.

Sudan demolishes another church, but MPs block school on Sundays
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:55:41 +0000

The Sudanese government demolished another church on Wednesday (2 August), the day after Members of the Khartoum state parliament rejected an order by the Minister of Education for all Christian schools in the capital to open on a Sunday.

Police Disingenuous in Hindu Extremist Assault on Pastors in Tamil Nadu, India, Sources Say
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:53:18 +0000

Hard-line Hindus used steel rods and a butcher’s knife to attack a father-son pastoral team in Tamil Nadu state, India, injuring the elder clergyman, sources said.

Sweden Shields 150 ISIS Fighters, but Won't Protect This Christian Asylum Seeker
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:47:04 +0000

CBN's viewers have responded overwhelmingly to a story we brought you last week about an Iranian Christian facing deportation by Sweden back to certain danger in Iran.

Charities Cautiously Optimistic Christians Will Return to ISIS-Cleared Areas of Iraq
Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:30:44 +0000

Representatives of international charities operating in Britain are guardedly optimistic that Christians could soon return in numbers to some parts of Iraq from which they have been driven.

New Indonesian Report Warns Religious Minorities Fear Intolerance
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:29:55 +0000

CSW's new report on freedom of religion or belief in Indonesia warns that religious minorities are increasingly fearful of intolerance.

Iraqi Christians Look to Reclaim Their Ancient Homes
Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:40:02 +0000

It was the night of August 6, 2014. Fresh from their capture of Mosul, ISIS fighters swept through the Nineveh Plains and overnight drove more than 12,000 Christian families from their homes and ancestral lands. The families fled, quite literally, with only the clothes on their backs.

Wycliffe Associates Poised to Launch Up to 30 Translation Projects for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:00:13 +0000

Wycliffe Associates, an international organization involving people in the advancement of Bible translation, says that teams of mother tongue translators in the Middle East are ready to launch Bible translation projects in the face of intense persecution.

Baghdad churches close as Iraq's Christians continue to leave
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:54:05 +0000

Eight churches in Baghdad have closed their doors permanently due to the mass exodus of believers from Iraq.

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