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Chinese Pastor Who Opposed Government Removal of Church Crosses Sentenced to Prison

BEIJING (New York Times) — A Christian pastor who defended local churches when the Chinese authorities removed church crosses was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday night by a court in Zhejiang Province. The pastor, Huang Yizi, was sentenced by the People’s Court in Pingyang County after being convicted of “gathering crowds to […]

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South Sudanese Pastor Jailed, Lashed Following Islamist Threats

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A Sudanese pastor in South Sudan was jailed and tortured for more than three months after Islamists who tried to kill him accused him of being a spy, sources said. Adam Haron, a 37-year-old convert from Islam and a native of West Darfur, Sudan, said Muslim extremists called him on […]

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Vietnamese Christian Human Rights Lawyer Attacked While Under House Arrest

HANOI, Vietnam (Christian Solidarity Worldwide) – Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist Nguyen Van Dai has reported that his home in Hanoi was attacked by “thugs” earlier this month. Lawyer Dai is reportedly unable to leave his home because he fears he will be attacked by “thugs” and security officers. On March 5, unidentified assailants […]

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Two Christians Attacked, Church Building Burned in Coastal Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Two siblings in their mid-20s were attacked and a church building burned last month in an area of Kenya where Islamic extremists killed at least 13 people last July – including the siblings’ father. Somalis in coastal Kenya’s Lamu County struck 25-year-old Annah after she answered their knock on the […]

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Scotland Rejects Petition to Change Adultery Definition to Apply to Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

(Christian Concern) – A petition urging Scottish ministers to change the definition of adultery following the introduction of same-sex ‘marriage’ has been rejected by MSPs, because there is insufficient time to consider it in this parliamentary term. Campaigner Akri Jones called for the change at the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee, claiming that the definition […]

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French Parliament Debates Legalization of ‘Terminal Sedation’

PARIS (Associated Press) – France’s Parliament started debate Tuesday on a bill aimed at allowing doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, amid national debate about whether to legalize euthanasia. The proposed bill—backed by the Socialist government—stops short of recommending lethal injections and avoids the terms euthanasia or assisted suicide. Prime minister […]

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Ugandan Christian Girl Who Fled Beating by Muslim Uncle Mysteriously Dies

IGANGA, Uganda (Morning Star News) – A 16-year-old girl in Uganda who fled from a Muslim uncle who beat her for becoming a Christian mysteriously died on Sunday (March 8) after relatives searching for her discovered her whereabouts the previous day. Namwase Aisha died at 5:30 p.m. at Iganga Hospital in eastern Uganda, where she […]

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Days after Indian Police Torture Christians, Hindu Extremists Attack in Madhya Pradesh

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Days after police tortured 20 Christians in India’s northwestern state of Rajasthan, Hindu extremists in Madhya Pradesh struck two churches in four days. In central India’s Madhya Pradesh, where a law against forced or fraudulent conversions is routinely invoked to harass Christians – though none has ever been found guilty – members […]

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Four Who Hacked Off Tanzanian Woman’s Limbs for Witchcraft Ritual Sentenced to Death

ARUSHA, Tanzania (AFP) – A court in Tanzania has sentenced four people to death for the murder of an albino woman who was killed so her hacked-off limbs could be used in magic, officials said Friday. The sentencing comes after Tanzania’ President Jakaya Kikwete blasted the wave of killings of albinos, whose body parts are […]

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Feds Raid California ‘Maternity Hotels’ for Chinese Birth Tourists

IRVINE, Calif. (NBC) – Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as “maternity hotels” for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said. NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant […]

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