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Iranian Pastors Sentenced to Prison for Spreading Christianity Acquitted of Charges

TEHRAN, Iran – Three Iranian pastors who were sentenced to six years in prison for committing “action against national security” and “creating a network to overthrow the system”—charges believed to be used as a catchall against anyone deemed a threat to the government —have now been acquitted of their crimes. As previously reported, Behnam Irani, […]

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Pakistani Court Orders Arrest of Muslim Clerics After Mob Kills Couple Accused of Blasphemy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the arrest of two Muslim clerics for inciting a mob who killed a couple last month after being falsely accused of desecrating the Koran. Five police officials who failed to protect the couple have also been required to face disciplinary action. As previously reported, Shama Bibi, 28, and Shahzad […]

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American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran Remains Strong in Faith Despite Suffering ‘Severe Pain’

An American pastor imprisoned in Iran remains strong in faith despite suffering from internal injuries resulting from beatings behind bars, according to an update from his wife and the legal organization that is fighting for his release. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which has been keeping Christians abreast of the plight of Saeed […]

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Taliban Attack on Pakistani School Leaves Over 140 Dead, Mostly Children

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Members of the Pakistani Islamic Taliban opened fire on a military school on Tuesday, killing over 140 people—mostly children. The attack was carried out by members of Tahreek-e-Taliban, a group that seeks to overthrow the Pakistani government and create an Islamic state. A spokesman for the organization told reporters that they targeted […]

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Report: Islamic Saudi Arabia Passes Law That May Impose Death Penalty on Bible Smugglers

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Recent reports state that officials in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia have passed a law that may impose the death penalty on Bible smugglers and any others distributing religious materials that are not of the Muslim religion. “[T]he new law extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and ‘all […]

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Breaking: Group of Hostages Taken in Sydney Cafe, Forced to Hold Islamic Flag

(Bloomberg) – A group of people has been taken hostage in a cafe in Sydney’s Martin Place and forced to hold a black flag with Arabic writing against the window, Australian television networks reported. About half a dozen armed officers wearing helmets and body armor were stationed on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, […]

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Christian Bookstore Owner to Be Released from Chinese Prison

Former bookstore employee, Wenxi Li, is currently scheduled for release from a Shanxi province prison on December 18th. Wenxi, who is from Beijing, had travelled to Shanxi province to help local Christians open a new bookstore. Police raided the new business and confiscated hundreds of books. On December 19, 2012, Wenxi was asked to come […]

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Three More Pakistani Christians Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

Three more cases of blasphemy accusations have emerged in Pakistan, even after a Christian couple’s beating to death and burning in a brick kiln after allegations of blasphemy horrified the world, including the metropolitan elite in the country. The Christian couple were killed over suspicions of desecrating the Qur’an on November 4. The Pakistani Prime […]

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Christian Widow Killed in Muslim Bomb Blast in Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – For Jummai Sunday, 63, Thursday (Dec. 11) began like any other for the Christian widow. After a morning devotional, she visited sick or bereaved families, and then returned home to gather items for sale at her market spot near the bus terminal area in Jos, Nigeria. She survived the twin […]

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Brazilian Man Confesses to Killing Over 40 People ‘For Fun,’ Vows to ‘Do Same All Over Again’

RIO DE JANIERO – A man in Brazil who is being described by police as a psychopath has confessed to killing over 40 people “for fun,” and says that when he is released—since there is no death penalty in the country—he will “do the same thing all over again.” Sailson Jose das Gracas, 26, was […]

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