Andrew Brunson Released!!

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Christians in Turkey are rejoicing at the release of Andrew Brunson from prison, house arrest and the lifting of travel restrictions to allow his return to the United States. Today (12 October) Andrew attended the fourth hearing at a court in Aliaga, Izmir, in a trial in which he was accused of charges relating to terrorism and espionage. Despite several … Read More

Christians Face Trial in Algeria over Wife’s Accusations of Evangelizing

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Muslim relatives forced her to file complaint, husband says. By Our Algeria Correspondent TIZI-OUZOU, Algeria, October 10, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Algeria are facing trial after the Muslim wife of one accused them of suggesting she leave Islam, her husband said. Rachid Ouali and his 67-year-old friend, Ali Larchi, went before a judge in Bouira, some 100 … Read More

Violence against Christians Ratchets Up in Southern India

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Worshippers increasingly live in fear. By Our Southern India Correspondent HYDERABAD, India, October 9, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Christians in southern India are increasingly living in fear as the level of violence against them continues to rise, sources said. The southern states of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala saw at least 60 cases of persecution of Christians … Read More

Six Months after Medical Personnel Kill Christian in Pakistan, No Arrests, Brother Says

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Counter-case against victim’s family rejected. By Our Pakistan Correspondent LAHORE, Pakistan, October 8, 2018 (Morning Star News) – More than six months after doctors and hospital staff members killed a Christian at a government hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, none of the suspects has been arrested, the victim’s brother said. Anil Saleem, brother of Sunil Saleem, told Morning Star News that police efforts have … Read More

Turkey: Upcoming hearing for Andrew Brunson

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Friends of Andrew Brunson request prayer for the upcoming court hearing on 12 October when Andrew will answer charges related to espionage. Andrew faces charges related to terrorism as well as espionage that could result in a 35-year prison sentence.The indictment is based on “evidence” supplied by secret witnesses, accusing Andrew of links to the FETO organisation (blamed for the … Read More

Sudan Releases Bible Shipments Detained in Port Years Ago

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Country long starved of Arabic-language Scripture.By Our Sudan Correspondent JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – In a surprise move, Sudan has released shipments of Bibles long held in port, including one detained nearly six years ago, according to the head of the Bible Society in Sudan. The Rev. Ismail Abdurahman Kenani, Khartoum-based director of the Bible Society in Sudan, said port … Read More

Authorities Seal Shut Three Church Buildings in Indonesia

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Islamists pressure local officials, Christian leaders say. By Our Southeast Correspondent October 4, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Police in Jambi, on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, last week escorted members of a Methodist church congregation out of their building and sealed the door shut. While church members wept, the Jambi Civil Service Police pasted a notice declaring the building was sealed … Read More

Kurdish Authorities in Syria Close Schools Run by Assyrian Christians

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De facto regional government discouraging return of Assyrian refugees, critics say. By Our Jerusalem Correspondent JERUSALEM, October 3, 2018 (Morning Star News) – Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria have closed private schools administered by the Syriac Orthodox Church, which Assyrian Christians say threatens the survival of the Christian community in the region. The schools in the Kurdish-governed northeastern region of … Read More

Iran: Two Christian converts receive prison sentences

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Iranian Christians request prayer for Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhteri, who have received prison sentences of 18 and 12 months respectively for “spreading propaganda against the regime.” Saheb and Fatimeh are members of the “Church of Iran” – a denomination with an unconventional interpretation of the Trinity. They were among a group of people arrested in Rasht at a house … Read More

Rebels in Burma Detain More than 90 Christian Leaders, Shut Down More Churches

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Some students forced to serve in UWSA forces, sources say. By Our Burma Correspondent YANGON, Burma, October 1, 2018 (Morning Star News) – After shutting down at least 10 churches in early September, ethnic Wa rebels in eastern Burma (Myanmar) have closed dozens of other churches and detained 92 Christian leaders and 42 students in a bid to curtail Christian activities, … Read More