Christians in Algeria Acquitted of Conversion Charge

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Muslim wife of convert pressured to file accusation, husband says. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, December 26, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Five Christians in Algeria were acquitted on Tuesday (Dec. 25) of the charge of inciting a Muslim to change her religion, sources said. A judge at the court of Bouira acquitted Rachid Ouali, whose Muslim wife had filed … Read More

Algeria: Christians acquitted on all charges

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At the end of November MEC requested prayer for four Christians, including three from the same family, who were to appear in court on 25 December in Province of Bouira, in the Kabylie region. At that court hearing, all charges against the Christian defendants were dismissed. These Christians had been accused of “inciting a Muslim to change his religion,” an … Read More

Six Christians Injured in Stoning of Christmas Service in Burma

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Area Buddhists had told Christian families to leave village. By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, December 24, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Unidentified men last week stoned a house full of worshippers for an hour in a predominantly Buddhist village in Burma (Myanmar), injuring six people, sources said. In Kanta Kawn Township, Magway Region in central Burma, 27 Christians were holding … Read More

For Survivor of Attack on Christians in Nigeria, a Lonely Christmas

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After losing family, he’ s still in hospital with bullet in his back. By Our Nigeria Correspondent JOS, Nigeria, December 21, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Nearly three months after Muslim Fulani herdsmen in north-central Nigeria shot and killed his wife and four children, Samuel Wah will spend Christmas in his hospital bed, a bullet still lodged in his back. Since … Read More

Spike in Arrests of Christians in Iran Especially Severe this Christmas Season, Sources Say

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Government trying to intimidate Iranians interested in Christianity, analysts say. By Our Jerusalem Correspondent JERUSALEM, December 20, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Arrests of Christians in Iran usually spike as Christmas approaches, but this year has been especially severe, sources said. More than 150 Christians have been detained across the officially Shia Muslim country in the last month, and arrests … Read More

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in Southern India

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In other assaults, police and media further join forces with assailants. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, December 19, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Police and news media further joined forces with Hindu extremists in recent attacks in southern India, including one where a mob terrorized children in Sunday school, sources said. In Tamil Nadu state, Pastor Selva Raj was … Read More

Iran: Christian couple arrested in Mashhad

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Iranian Christians request prayer for a Christian family following a raid on their home in Mashhad, north-east Iran. On 6 December 2018, several intelligence agents raided the home of Amir Taleipour (39) and his wife Mahnaz Harati (36). They proceeded to arrest Amir and Mahnaz in front of their daughter (aged 7). Amir and Mahnaz have been held in detention … Read More

Christian Mother, Pastor Face Death Threats in Uganda

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She and four children take refuge from husband.By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, December 17, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Shakira Wanyenze, a 31-year-old Muslim woman, had no idea that missing a ride back to her town in eastern Uganda from Kampala would change her life. That day, June 17, Wanyenze decided to stay the night at the home of … Read More

Iran: Four Christian Converts Detained

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Iranian Christians request prayer for four Iranian Christian converts who have been detained in Ahvaz since 2 December. About thirteen plain-clothed Revolutionary Guards conducted raids on four homes on the morning of 2 December, arresting Shima Zanganeh (27), Shokoofeh Zanganeh (30), Farzad Behzadi (30) and Abdollah Yousefi (34), confiscating their books, phones and computers. Those arrested were taken for interrogation. … Read More

Algeria: Closed Bookshop Near Oran Reopened by Court Verdict

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Algerian Christians are rejoicing after a court decision that allows a bookshop managed by a Christian to reopen. In November 2017, a church and bookshop in Ain Turk, near Oran, were closed by government authorities. In June 2018 the church was reopened but the bookshop remained closed. On 13 December a court canceled the Governor’s decision to close the bookshop. … Read More