Police in India Demand Money to Release Falsely Accused Christians, Sources Say

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Christians arrested for praying in their home. Editors: This version corrects switched names of pastors in latter half of Aug. 13 story; pastor Biswas Das was manhandled and jailed. Our apologies. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, August 15, 2018 (Morning Star News) – About an hour before midnight on July 31, three policemen and a Hindu neighbor barged into a … Read More

Christian in Pakistan Charged with ‘Blasphemy’ in Scheme Involving Islamist Party, Sources Say

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Young man accused of defaming Muhammad by text message. By Our Pakistan Correspondent LAHORE, Pakistan, August 10, 2018 (Morning Star News) – A member of an Islamic extremist party in Pakistan has charged a Christian with blasphemy as part of a scheme by the accused’s ex-girlfriend and her brother, sources said. Farhan Aziz, 26, was arrested under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law … Read More

Military-Backed Forces in Burma Beat Two Youth Pastors, Sources Say

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Military abuses of predominantly Christian Kachin continue.By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, August 6, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Burmese army-backed militia beat two youth pastors in northern Burma (Myanmar) last week, detaining one of them overnight at the force’s base, sources said. At the home of one of the Christians in Kachin state, members of the army-based Border Guard Force … Read More

Assault on Christian Leader in Nepal Reflects Growing Threat

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Pastor attacked in broad daylight in crowded cafe.By Our South Asia Correspondent NEW DELHI, July 31, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Pastor Sagar Baizu, 46, had finished one meeting and had an hour before the next one, so he decided to stop at a café on a major thoroughfare in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on July 19. As he was … Read More

Turkey: House arrest for Andrew Brunson

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Andrew Brunson has been released from prison due to health concerns and is now under house arrest. Today (25 July) the 2nd Criminal Court of Izmir ruled that Andrew could be released from prison and be kept under house arrest, as requested by Andrew and his lawyer. At a hearing on 18 July, the judge rejected requests for Andrew’s release, … Read More

Christians in Iran Seized from Homes, including Violent Imprisonment of Pastor

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Yousef Nadarkhani and son beaten, tasered, local reports say.By the Editor July 25, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Three Christians in Iran were arrested from their homes today and yesterday following the violent arrest of pastor Yousef Nadarkhani on Sunday (July 22), according to advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC). Pastor Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam like the others arrested, was … Read More

Iran: Further arrests in Rasht

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Friends of Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Mohammadreza Omidi and Saheb Fadaie request prayer following the arrest of Mohammadreza and Saheb at their homes yesterday evening (24 July) and of Yasser today (25 July). This follows the arrest of their pastor, Yousef Nadarkhani on 22 July. On 6 July, 2017, pastor Yousef, along with fellow converts, Mohammadreza, Yasser and Saheb, were each sentenced … Read More

Children Kidnapped by Islamists in Uganda in 2015 Are Found

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Father suspects they were to be forced into foreign terrorist group.By Our East Africa Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Three children kidnapped in 2015 in eastern Uganda were found in May, malnourished and showing signs of having been indoctrinated in Islam, relatives said. Had the children not escaped, they might have been forced into a foreign … Read More

Iran: church leader arrested with unnecessary force

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Friends of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani request prayer following his violent arrest on 22 July. About ten Iranian police officers were involved, using unnecessary force on Yousef and his son, despite their offering no resistance. On 6 July, 2017, Yousef Nadarkhani, along with fellow converts, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, were each sentenced to ten-years imprisonment for propagating house … Read More

Hindu Extremist Sexually Assaults Pastor’s Wife at Church Service in India, Sources Say

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After failed rape attempt and beating, police charge victim and her husband, sources say. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, July 20, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Pratibha Stephen was immersed in worship at the house church her husband pastors in Tamil Nadu state, India when a man suddenly burst through the back door, shouting angrily. The intruder interrupted an … Read More