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Thursday July 24, 2014

Sudanese Authorities Finally Allow Meriam Ibrahiim to Leave Country

Nightmare for Christian mother sentenced to die for 'apostasy' ends. By Our Sudan Correspondent
Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim and children after initial release in June. (Morning Star News photo via Shareif ali Shareif)JUBA, South Sudan, July 24, 2014 (Morning Star News) – After blocking her departure on a spurious charge of forged travel documents, Sudan today allowed a Christian mother sentenced to die over a false allegation of leaving Islam to leave the country, her attorney said.

Having given birth to her second child while shackled to prison chains just two months ago, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim arrived in Italy today and met with Pope Francis after U.S. and Italian efforts to free her.

“The government decided to drop charges against her yesterday, July 23,” attorney Thabit al Zubair told Morning Star News. “They have left Sudan and they are now in Italy.” [READ MORE]

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Monday July 21, 2014

Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned in Area of Chhattisgarh, India

Christian organizations demand revocation By Our New Delhi Correspondent
Flag of India. (Wikipedia, Mellisa Anthony Jones)NEW DELHI, July 21, 2014 (Morning Star News) – Church leaders in India have asked national and Chhattisgarh state officials to reverse a ban on non-Hindu religious activity that more than 50 villages have reportedly adopted.

The head of the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI) wrote to Union and Chhattisgarh officials on July 10 that the bans in the Bastar District villages, including some that include a prohibition against non-Hindus entering the hamlets, could lead to large-scale persecution of Christians and other minority communities. [READ MORE]

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Friday July 18, 2014

Main Suspect in Bhatti Murder in Pakistan Released as Death Threats Stall Prosecution

Islamic extremist intimidation silences witnesses. By Our Pakistan Correspondent
Tribute to Shahbaz Bhatti. (Morning Star News via Pakistan Today)ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 18, 2014 (Morning Star News) – More than three years after the assassination of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet-level minister, Islamist extremists have silenced prosecution witnesses and the prime suspect was released on bail on July 11, the prosecutor said. [READ MORE]

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Wednesday July 16, 2014

Soldier Shoots Civilian Christian in Sudan following Bombing of Church Building

Most of wounded man's church fled to Nuba Mountain caves. By Our Sudan Correspondent
Most of shooting victim’s church fled to mountain caves after Sudanese military destroyed their building. (Morning Star News via Diocese of El Obeid)JUBA, South Sudan, July 16, 2014 (Morning Star News) – A Sudanese government soldier on Saturday (July 12) shot a Christian near his farm in South Kordofan state, seriously wounding him, church sources said.

Akhnouk Jamal, 27, a member of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS), sustained wounds on his back and upper part of his stomach when a soldier opened fire on him as he picked wild fruit near his land in Losher, west of Al Atmor, a church source told Morning Star News. [READ MORE]

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