Attacked Egyptian Christians may flee country

October 12 2011 by Baptist Press & Compass Direct News

CAIRO – Funeral services were held Oct. 10 in Cairo, Egypt, for some of the victims of a military attack against a group of Christian protestors that left 26 dead and hundreds wounded. In the wake of what could be the worst act of violence against Egyptian Christians in modern history, leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church have called for three days of fasting and prayer for divine intervention, along with three days of mourning.

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Iranian pastor’s case referred to ayatollah

October 11 2011 by Baptist Press

TEHRAN (BP) – The case of imprisoned Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani now has been referred to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, Agence France-Presse, a French news service, reported Oct. 10. The ayatollah has ultimate authority in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and AFP said the move to involve him in the case could mean a delay in the final verdict, which had been expected Monday.

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Misspelling ‘Muhammad’ puts girl in danger

October 6 2011 by Baptist Press

LAHORE, Pakistan – An eighth-grade student in Pakistan has been expelled from school and her family forced to relocate after the Christian girl misspelled “Muhammad,” leading to accusations of blasphemy, sources told Compass Direct News. In Abbottabad, 13-year-old Faryal Bhatti, a student at the Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Colony Havelian, misspelled a word on an Urdu exam Sept.

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BBC drops B.C./A.D. dating method

October 6 2011 by Al Webb, Religion News Service

LONDON – British Christians are incensed after the state-funded BBC decided to jettison the terms B. C. and A. D. in favor of B. C. E. and C. E. in historical date references. The broadcaster has directed that the traditional B. C. (Before Christ) and A.

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Hunger loses battle in remote Thai village

October 5 2011 by J.B. Shark, First-person account/Baptist Press

BAN CAM, Thailand – As our motorcycle neared the wooden bridge, we heard the worrisome sound of rushing water. Heavy rain had swollen the creek and made the path very muddy. Jaidee Yodsuwan,* my guide and driver, accelerated through the mud. The back wheel slid sideways, causing Yodsuwan to lose control of the bike.

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Police to British cafe: Don’t show Bible DVD

October 5 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

LONDON – Religious liberty took another hit in Great Britain when a Christian restaurant owner was threatened with arrest for playing a Bible DVD that included passages critical of homosexuality. The incident, reported in the Daily Mail newspaper, is but the latest example of what U.

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In India, villagers’ gardens yield hope

October 4 2011 by Susie Banks, Baptist Press

INDIA – The young mother rushes out to Saachi Sarkar* as she walks up the jungle path to the village. The mother is all smiles as the two embrace. “It’s working,” the mother says, excitedly pulling the older woman to the vegetable garden. “See? We did everything just like you taught – and now there’s enough here to feed us and even some left over to sell.

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Pastor again refuses to recant

September 29 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON – Iran is under increasing pressure from leaders around the world to halt the execution of Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who on Wednesday refused for the fourth and final time to recant his faith and could be executed at any time. In the U.

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Reaching India’s emerging generation

September 29 2011 by Caroline Anderson, Baptist Press

INDIA – Young men and women gather in small groups at a shopping mall in India, deep in conversation. Curious passersby lean over the railing and listen to the conversations about gods and God between American and Indian students seated amid the mall’s decorative palm trees.

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Iranian pastor refuses to recant, faces execution

September 28 2011 by Baptist Press

TEHRAN – A Christian pastor in Iran has twice refused to recant his faith in court and could be executed within days, which would make him the first since 1990 to be put to death by the government for apostasy. Yousef Nadarkhani, who leads a 400-person house church movement, refused in court on Sept.

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