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Pence’s plans to help Middle East Christians overshadowed by political storm

US Vice President Mike Pence’s postponed trip to the Middle East goes ahead this weekend amid myriad tensions and a fast-shifting diplomatic landscape. Pence’s trip is a shortened version of the one planned for last month, which was abruptly cancelled when protests erupted at President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem […]

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Ken Elliott (Djibou soutient Dr. Ken Elliot / Facebook)

Burkina Faso: 2 years on, thousands call for release of ‘doctor...

Thousands took to the streets of Djibo, a northern town in Burkina Faso, on Monday (15 January) to call for the government to secure the release of an Australian doctor, Ken Elliott, kidnapped two years ago. The abduction was claimed by the ‘Emirate of the Sahara’, a branch of Al-Qaeda […]

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After years in prison and exposure to torture, 'freedom' can taste bitter. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Eritrea: mental health challenges for Christian man freed after 13 years...

Shiden* was young and full of optimism for the future when he was imprisoned for his Christian faith. For the next 13 years he was exposed to torture of different kinds, including months in a very small cell in solitary confinement, and even his eventual release failed to bring about […]

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Pakistani Christian girl, 13, raped by fellow worker in field

A 13-year-old Pakistani Christian girl was raped in a rural area near the city of Gujranwala, north of Lahore, on Sunday (14 January), as she worked in the fields. The girl was found by her younger cousin, and taken to hospital. The local police station has registered a case and […]

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Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh’s kidnap inquiry halted

The fragile hopes of a Malaysian family in search of answers to the abduction of church leader Raymond Koh were dashed by a surprise development on Wednesday (17 January). Almost a year after Koh went missing, after little or no progress in police investigations, Malaysia’s newest Inspector General of Police […]

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Children like these boys in Lahore, Pakistan, also feel the 'daily squeeze' because of their Christian faith, in particular at school. (Photo: World Watch Monitor, 2005)

UK Parliament hears ‘squeeze’ of persecution of Christians “as dangerous as...

Most of the 200 million Christians globally under pressure for their faith don’t experience violence but a ‘daily squeeze’ which is more insidious and – if left unchallenged – can lead to violence, MPs and others heard yesterday (17 January) at the launch of Open Doors’ World Watch List 2018 […]

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North Korea frees Canadian church leader ‘on sick bail’

Hyeun-soo Lim, the Korean Canadian church leader sentenced to life in prison with hard labour, has been freed today (9 August) “on sick bail”, says a North Korean state news agency. Convicted in December 2015 by the country’s Supreme Court of numerous charges, including an attempt to overthrow the government, he had been detained […]

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Ethiopia: church attacked, then told to close and member arrested for...

A Pentecostal church in Ethiopia has been ordered to stop meeting in a residential area, in the wake of a mob attack on the church, after which a church member was arrested for “illegal activities” that “incited religious clashes”. The Full Gospel Church in Tikil Dingaye, 20km from the historic […]

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Nawaz Sharif speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York on 30 September 2015. (United Nations / Flickr / CC)

70 years after Pakistan’s founding, what PM’s recent ousting means for...

Pakistan celebrates its 70th birthday today (14 August). And there’s a new Prime Minister after Nawaz Sharif, founder of the largest political party, was disqualified by the apex court on 29 July on charges of not being “righteous” and “ameen”*. This Supreme Court decision about Sharif “will throw the governing […]

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Modi accused of hypocrisy after BJP bulldozes through India’s latest ‘anti-conversion...

Church leaders in India have joined the chorus of protest against the BJP-led government, known for espousing a Hindu nationalist agenda, hurrying through an “anti-conversion law” in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The Freedom of Religion Bill, which was introduced and passed on the same day (12 August) in the […]

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Aideen Strandsson could face jail in Iran if she is deported from Sweden. Photo: CBN

Sweden to Iranian convert it plans to deport: ‘It’s not our...

An Iranian convert to Christianity has been refused asylum in Sweden, placing her at risk of deportation and “torture and rape” in jail in her home country. Aideen Strandsson, 37, who was baptised in Sweden in 2014, said officials at the country’s Migration Board did not believe her life would […]

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On June 15, 2014 twin attacks by suspected al-Shabaab militants on Mpeketoni and a nearby village of Poroko left 52 people dead..jpg

Coastal and north-east Kenyans have more to fear than most, as...

Attacks by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in the Kenyan coastal region of Lamu are raising concerns that the Islamist group is attempting to disrupt the election tomorrow (8 August), as international observers warn of chaos if the result is perceived as rigged. The election, between current President Uhuru Kenyatta and his […]

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Pence’s plans to help Middle East Christians overshadowed by political storm

US Vice President Mike Pence’s postponed trip to the Middle East goes ahead this weekend amid myriad tensions and a fast-shifting diplomatic landscape. Pence’s trip is a shortened version of the one planned for last month, which was abruptly cancelled when protests erupted at President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem […]

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A woman got hurt in the violence in El Dawwar village. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Egypt: Copt thrown out of village and fined over ‘attack’ he...

An Egyptian Christian has been thrown out of his village after it was alleged that he had attacked a Muslim woman. The Coptic community has also been forced to pay the equivalent of nearly 3,000 US dollars to the woman’s family, though they say the allegations are baseless. Awad Zaki, […]

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Ruth and Joshua Hilmy (Facebook / Ruth Sitepu)

Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh’s kidnap inquiry halted

The fragile hopes of a Malaysian family in search of answers to the abduction of church leader Raymond Koh were dashed by a surprise development on Wednesday (17 January). Almost a year after Koh went missing, after little or no progress in police investigations, Malaysia’s newest Inspector General of Police […]

The post Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh’s kidnap inquiry halted appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Children like these boys in Lahore, Pakistan, also feel the 'daily squeeze' because of their Christian faith, in particular at school. (Photo: World Watch Monitor, 2005)

UK Parliament hears ‘squeeze’ of persecution of Christians “as dangerous as...

Most of the 200 million Christians globally under pressure for their faith don’t experience violence but a ‘daily squeeze’ which is more insidious and – if left unchallenged – can lead to violence, MPs and others heard yesterday (17 January) at the launch of Open Doors’ World Watch List 2018 […]

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Catholic priest stabbed as violence continues in Central African Republic

Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have condemned a recent upsurge of violence in the country and called on armed groups to lay down their weapons. Fighting between rival armed groups erupted in the north-western town of Paoua and its surroundings at the end of December, while in the […]

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Pakistani Christian girl, 13, raped by fellow worker in field

A 13-year-old Pakistani Christian girl was raped in a rural area near the city of Gujranwala, north of Lahore, on Sunday (14 January), as she worked in the fields. The girl was found by her younger cousin, and taken to hospital. The local police station has registered a case and […]

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Ken Elliott (Djibou soutient Dr. Ken Elliot / Facebook)

Burkina Faso: 2 years on, thousands call for release of ‘doctor...

Thousands took to the streets of Djibo, a northern town in Burkina Faso, on Monday (15 January) to call for the government to secure the release of an Australian doctor, Ken Elliott, kidnapped two years ago. The abduction was claimed by the ‘Emirate of the Sahara’, a branch of Al-Qaeda […]

The post Burkina Faso: 2 years on, thousands call for release of ‘doctor of the poor’ by Al-Qaeda offshoot appeared first on World Watch Monitor.

Nigerian student arrested after converting from Islam to Christianity

A Nigerian university student who converted from Islam to Christianity has been arrested by state security forces, as has the man who introduced her to Christianity. Nabila Umar Sanda, 19, is a student at Bingham University in Karu, in the central state of Nasarawa, which is owned by one of […]

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After years in prison and exposure to torture, 'freedom' can taste bitter. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Eritrea: mental health challenges for Christian man freed after 13 years...

Shiden* was young and full of optimism for the future when he was imprisoned for his Christian faith. For the next 13 years he was exposed to torture of different kinds, including months in a very small cell in solitary confinement, and even his eventual release failed to bring about […]

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