Beaten, Kidnapped, Arrested — and Forced to Stop Evangelizing

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In Rajasthan, India, pastor faces one injustice after another. By Our India Correspondent NEW DELHI, October 22, 2018 (Morning Star News) – When Pastor Mathai Varghese was beaten and abducted by Hindu extremists in Rajasthan state, India, police gave chase and arrested the kidnappers – as well as the pastor. His car ruined and his body bloodied, he spent a … Read More

Algeria. Another Church Closed by the Authorities

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Christians in Algeria request prayer after the closure of yet another church, in the Kabylie province of Bejaia. The church was sealed by authorities on 16 October. Police officers acted upon a closure order issued by the head of the province. The congregation is in Azaghar, a village near Akbou, about 180 km south-east of Algiers. It has about 300 … Read More

Violence, Discrimination against Christians Escalate in Sri Lanka

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Hindu extremism emerging along with Buddhist aggression, advocates say. By Our South Asia Correspondent NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Attacks and other actions against Christians in Sri Lanka have escalated this year, with Hindu extremism beginning to take root along with long-time Buddhist aggression, according to rights advocates. “Last month there have been more incidents that have been documented than … Read More

Update: Another Church Building Sealed Shut in Algeria

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Compliance with building codes not enough to prevent closure. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, October 19, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Algeria sealed shut a church site on Tuesday (Oct. 16) even after Christian leaders complied with orders to meet building codes, sources said. In Azaghar village near Akbou, about 185 kilometers (114 miles) east of Algiers in … Read More

Another Church Building Sealed Shut in Algeria

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Compliance with building codes not enough to prevent closure. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, October 18, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Algeria sealed shut a church site on Tuesday (Oct. 16) even after Christian leaders complied with orders to meet building codes, sources said. In Azaghar village near Akbou, about 185 kilometers (114 miles) east of Algiers in … Read More

Christians in Darfur, Sudan Arrested during Combined Worship of House Churches

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Whereabouts of converts from Islam unknown. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, October 17, 2018 (Morning Star News)– Security officials in Sudan last week arrested 13 Christians during a worship service in the Darfur Region, sources said. Personnel from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) interrupted the worship service the afternoon of Oct. 10 in Nyala, capital of South … Read More

Policeman Sexually Harasses Christian Woman in Sudan, Sources Say

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Officer says he has mandate to target ‘indecently dressed’ women. By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan, October 17, 2018 (Morning Star News) – A young Catholic woman has discovered personally that many Public Order Police in Muslim-majority Sudan believe they have a mandate to sexually harass those they deem inappropriately dressed. Nyankiir Kual Mayen, a 24-year-old university student in Al … Read More

Turkey: arrest of expatriate church worker

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Christians in Turkey request prayer for an expatriate Christian worker who was arrested, detained overnight and issued with a deportation order. David Byle, a joint U.S. and Canadian citizen, was arrested after a routine I.D. check at Ankara train station on Saturday 13 October and taken to the Anti-terror Police Department for interrogation. David was released on Sunday afternoon, but … Read More

Leah Sharibu Kept as Slave, Aid Worker Killed as ‘Apostate,’ Report Says

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Boko Haram’s Islamic law allows ‘infidels’ to be enslaved, group says. By the Editor October 16, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed an aid worker as an “apostate” from Islam and vowed to keep kidnapped high school girl Leah Sharibu as a “slave for life,” Nigerian news outlet The Cable reported. Leah, kidnapped along with more … Read More

Fear Grips Churches in Northeastern Kenya as Muslim Extremists Kill Two Christian Teachers

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In coastal Kenya, economic persecution, residents say. By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, October 15, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists suspected to be Al Shabaab militants on Wednesday at 1 a.m. (Oct. 10) killed two Christians in northern Kenya, sources said. In Mandera East, in Mandera County on Kenya’s border with Somalia, more than 20 suspected Somali Al … Read More