International

7.3 quake in Turkey mobilizes response

October 25 2011 by Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Southern Baptist disaster relief specialists are responding in the aftermath of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Turkey the afternoon of Oct. 23. The disaster killed at least 238 people and sent tens of thousands into the streets as apartment and office buildings collapsed or cracked, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

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Post-Gaddafi: ‘Stunning change’ ahead?

October 24 2011 by Ava Thomas, Baptist Press

SIRTE, Libya – The Libya that David Garrison has known for years is gone. It ended Oct. 20 when Col. Muammar Gaddafi, leader of the North African nation, was killed by a gunshot wound to the head – a lightning-fast finish to a 42-year reign.

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No church buildings left in Afghanistan

October 21 2011 by Holly Naylor, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON – Not one Christian church building is left standing in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. The last such public place of Christian worship was destroyed by its landowner in March 2010. The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report, which revealed the destruction of the final Afghan church building, said there was a decrease in religious freedom during the reporting period, which covered July to December of 2010.

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Somali extremists behead Christian teen

October 21 2011 by Simba Tian, Baptist Press

NAIROBI, Kenya – Militants from an Islamic extremist organization in Somalia linked to al-Qaida beheaded a 17-year-old Christian near Mogadishu in September. Guled Jama Muktar was killed by al Shabbab militants in his home near Deynile, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Somali capital, a journalist there told the Compass Direct news service.

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Beggars in Bangladesh find food, Christ

October 17 2011 by Goldie Frances, Baptist Press

BANGLADESH – Najia Khatun* knows what her life would be like without the Light of Hope Center in Bangladesh. She knows she would be hungry. She knows she would be uneducated. She knows she would be working long hours at a garment factory. Najia knows – and she is grateful.

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Egypt’s Christians face more violence

October 14 2011 by Ava Thomas, Baptist Press

CAIRO – It’s ugly for Christians in Cairo right now, deeply unsettling even to those who have weathered the ups and downs of the Arab Spring, said Hal Greaves*. Another church was burned by a mob. Coptic Christians, fed up with being targeted, announced a peaceful protest for religious freedom Oct. 9.

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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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