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Friday February 27, 2015

Islamic Extremists in Sub-Saharan Africa Pursue Convert from Islam Who Fled Egypt

By Our Sudan Correspondent
NAIROBI, Kenya, February 26, 2015 (Morning Star News) – When Ahmed Ali, a Christian convert from Islam, fled his native Egypt to a sub-Saharan nation after months of torture by his father and brothers, loneliness was not his worst problem.

On the streets of the capital city of the African country (undisclosed for security reasons) last month, Ali’s uncle appeared – accompanied by members of an Islamic extremist group his family had hired to assault him, Ali said.

“Why have you left Islam?” various ones among them said, according to Ali. “Why did you become an infidel? You should pay for your act.” [READ MORE]

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Friday February 27, 2015

U.S. Evangelist Wins Five Year Battle for Residency in Turkey

By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, February 25, 2015 (Morning Star News) – After a five-year court battle, a U.S. evangelist singled out by Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior for deportation because of his outreach activities has been granted a residency permit to stay in Turkey.

David Byle was issued a residency permit at the end of January after five years of living in limbo. During that time, the co-founder of the Holy Book Information Association, also known as the Bible Correspondence Course in Turkey (BCC-Turkey), was unsure from month to month if he might be detained and deported.

His problems stemmed from an immigration hold placed on his name by Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior that prevented him from getting a regular residency visa. Over the summer, the Fifth Administrative Court in Ankara found that the hold on his file was not legal. [READ MORE]

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Monday February 23, 2015

Hindu Extremists Strive to Mortify, Malign Christians in Jharkhand State, India

By Our New Delhi Correspondent
NEW DELHI, February 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in India this month sought to shame and malign Christians, as four women were publicly beaten in one village and a teacher was falsely accused of child molestation in another, sources said.

In India’s eastern state of Jharkhand, 11 assailants dragged four Christian women from their prayer meeting on Feb. 8 in Navardi, Chatra, to a public meeting site, where they beat them and partially stripped one, sources said. The women had just finished their meeting at a home when the Hindu extremists charged in, reviled them for praying to Christ and dragged them out to the road, said area church leader Rampath Nayak.

As the husbands of the four women worked in the fields, the extremists took Shanti, Samudri, Sonamati and Yasoda (surnames withheld for security reasons) to a public meeting place, placed them on a platform and started beating them with their hands and shoes, he said. [READ MORE]


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Monday February 23, 2015

Hindu Extremists Strive to Mortify, Malign Christians in Jharkhand State, India

By Our New Delhi Correspondent
NEW DELHI, February 20, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Hindu extremists in India this month sought to shame and malign Christians, as four women were publicly beaten in one village and a teacher was falsely accused of child molestation in another, sources said.

In India’s eastern state of Jharkhand, 11 assailants dragged four Christian women from their prayer meeting on Feb. 8 in Navardi, Chatra, to a public meeting site, where they beat them and partially stripped one, sources said. The women had just finished their meeting at a home when the Hindu extremists charged in, reviled them for praying to Christ and dragged them out to the road, said area church leader Rampath Nayak.

As the husbands of the four women worked in the fields, the extremists took Shanti, Samudri, Sonamati and Yasoda (surnames withheld for security reasons) to a public meeting place, placed them on a platform and started beating them with their hands and shoes, he said. [READ MORE]


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Thursday February 19, 2015

Court in Laos Fines, Sentences Pastors to Prison for Praying for Sick Woman Who Died

By the Editor
February 19, 2015 (Morning Star News) – A pastor and four other church leaders in Laos were convicted last week of being “illegal doctors” because they prayed for a sick woman who later died.

The People’s Court of Savannakhet Province on Feb. 12 sentenced the five Christians to nine months in prison and a fine of 500,000 kips ($US62) each. In addition, the defendants are to jointly pay 20 million kips (US$2,448) in emotional damages and funeral costs to the family of the deceased, according to court records.

The woman who died, identified only as Chansee (also known as Chan), had been ill for two years with an unknown condition. Various kinds of healers and doctors in Saisomboon village, Atsaphangthong District, had treated her without success, area residents told a representative of the Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF). [READ MORE]


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Thursday February 19, 2015

Sudan Helps Muslim Investors Take Over Last Piece of Church Land

By Our Sudan Correspondent
JUBA, South Sudan, February 18, 2015 (Morning Star News) – The Sudanese government today helped Muslim investors take over the remaining property of Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church in Khartoum North, church leaders said.

Riot police on two trucks arrived at the church property at noon and assisted in the seizure of the land by force.

“Over the past year they have aided another Muslim businessman to seize a piece of the land, and today they are taking the only piece of land left for the church,” a church leader who requested anonymity told Morning Star News. [READ MORE]

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Monday February 16, 2015

Egypt in Mourning as It Bombs Libyan Terrorist Targets after Beheading of Copts

By Our Middle East Correspondent
ISTANBUL, Turkey, February 16, 2015(Morning Star News) – After months of indifference to Islamist militants killing Egyptian Christians in Libya, Egypt bombed Islamic extremist targets in Libya and declared seven days of mourning following the beheading of 21 Copts.

Video released on Sunday (Feb. 15) under the logo of the militant Sunni terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) showing the slaughter of 20 Coptic Christians and one unidentified man of African descent shocked Egypt’s Christians. While relatives and others from the slain Christians’ villages in Egypt rushed to the streets crying out their names, some family members refused to believe they had been killed.

“They are refusing to believe what happened,” said noted Coptic human rights activist Mina Thabet, adding that others were deep in mourning. “If you go to Minya, if you go to Samalut, you will find that everything is black.” [READ MORE]

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Monday February 16, 2015

Christians Excluded from Pakistan's 'Blasphemy' Cases Fast-Tracked for Acquittal

By Our Pakistan Correspondent
LAHORE, Pakistan, February 13, 2015 (Morning Star News) – Punjab Province has excluded Christians from a list of people accused without basis of blaspheming Islam who will have their cases expedited for acquittal, sources said.

Pointing to several Christians languishing in jail on trumped-up blasphemy charges, Christian rights and political activists say discrimination against religious minorities was behind the selection by the Punjab Prosecution Department. The department short-listed 50 cases of alleged blasphemers in Punjab Province that the government says have been victimized by complainants.

“We are not opposed to the government’s support to Muslims wrongly accused of blasphemy, but all citizens of the state should be treated equally and without any prejudice,” said Sajid Ishaq, chairman of the Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL) and central president of the Minorities Wing of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which rules Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. [READ MORE]

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Thursday February 12, 2015

Sudanese Air Force Bomb Kills Pregnant Christian Mother in Nuba Mountains, Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan, February 12, 2015(Morning Star News) – Sudan’s bombing of a civilian area in the Nuba Mountainson Friday (Feb. 6) killed a Christian woman who was nine months pregnant, a relative said.

Naheed Saeed Komi, a 25-year-old mother of a 3-year-old boy, was walking from her home in Tangali village, Dalami County in South Kordofan state, to fetch water when a bomb from a Sudanese Air Force plane hit nearby, killing her instantly, said her sister on condition of anonymity.

“My sister was pregnant and was expecting a child this month,” she said, breaking into tears. “An Antonov plane dropped one bomb; the blast hit her chest, killing her on the spot.” [READ MORE]

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Thursday February 12, 2015

Eight People Injured in Grenade Attack in Northern Kenya

NAIROBIKenya (Morning Star News) – A grenade attack in northern Kenya last week injured eight people, including at least one Christian, in an area where Somali Islamic extremists launched deadly anti-Christian attacks in December and November, sources said.

The grenade landed among the non-Somali workers as they arrived to eat at the Moyale Hotel in Mandera on Thursday (Feb. 5) at about 7 p.m., injuring two of them critically. In the December and November attacks, members of Somali rebel Al Shabaab separated out Kenyan Christians from Somali Muslims and executed the non-Muslims.

One of the victims of Thursday’s attack, Frederick (surname withheld for security reasons), said from his hospital bed that he was a Christian whose right leg was seriously injured in the explosion. After the grenade exploded he was also shot, leaving injuries to his stomach, chest and hand. [READ MORE]


 

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