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Iranian Christians sentenced to 80 lashes for taking communion

IRAN (TAB) — Four Iranian Christians were sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine during a communion service. According to Fox News, the four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after they were arrested in a house church in December 2012 and … Continue reading

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North India church destroyed by 1,000-strong mob

INDIA (TAB, GFA) – A mob of approximately 1,000 people destroyed a Christian church under construction in northern India on Aug. 25, according to Gospel for Asia (GFA). The church’s pastor, his mother and church members were beaten after the building … Continue reading

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U.S. pastor in Iran loses court appeal

TEHRAN, Iran (BP) — An appeals court in Tehran, Iran, has rejected an appeal by Iranian American pastor Saeed Abedini, whose eight-year prison sentence has garnered widespread international attention. The appeals court decision “signals a new level of concern for Pastor … Continue reading

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Hindu extremists attack pastor’s mother in India

RAJAPARK, India (MS) — Reena Behl answered the doorbell of the home she shares with her son and his wife in India’s Rajasthan state at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13, and four men wearing motorcycle helmets demanded to see her son, … Continue reading

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Christians in Sudan face increased hostility

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Despite a promise by the Sudanese government to grant its minority Christian population religious freedom, church leaders there said they are beset by increased restrictions and hostility in the wake of the South Sudan’s independence. –30– … Continue reading

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Congress joins calls to release Iranian pastor

NASHVILLE (BP) — Calls are intensifying for the U.S. to pressure Iran to free pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent who is being tortured in an Iranian prison and persecuted for his Christian faith. More than 80 U.S. … Continue reading

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Iran sentences pastor Abedini to eight years in prison

ISTANBUL, Turkey (MS) – Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years in Iran’s most notorious prison today for allegedly threatening “national security” by planting house churches years ago.
 
Judge Pir-Abassi of Branch 26 of the Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced … Continue reading

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Christian shot to death in Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya (MS) – Gunmen in central Somalia on Dec. 8 killed an underground Christian who had been receiving death threats for leaving Islam, area sources said.
 
Two unidentified, masked men shot Mursal Isse Siad, 55, outside his home in Beledweyne, … Continue reading

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Believers fined for their faith, praying together in Uzbekistan

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (F18) — Uzbekistan continues to fine and raid people meeting to discuss their faith and pray together. In Tashkent Region a Protestant was fined 100 times the minimum monthly wage for allegedly illegally distributing religious literature, and books including … Continue reading

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is Nov. 11

CARROLLTON, Texas (EPA, TAB) — The “10/40 Window,” a geographic designation that encompasses the least-reached with the gospel, will be a unified focus for believers everywhere Nov. 11 for the annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. –30– To … Continue reading

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