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  • Iran-Iraq earthquake called 2017’s deadliest yet

    November 14 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iran-Iraq earthquake called 2017’s deadliest yet

    The death toll continues to rise after the deadliest earthquake of 2017 shook the Iran-Iraq border late Nov. 12. More than 450 people have been killed and 7,000 injured in the 7.3-magnitude quake, with major aftershocks continuing to shake the region, extending into Turkey, Kuwait, Pakistan and Lebanon, according to CNN.

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  • Ailing Christian convert released from Iran prison

    August 3 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ailing Christian convert released from Iran prison

    Ailing Christian convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran was released Aug. 1 from an Iranian prison where she had been held four years because of her Christian faith, World Watch Monitor reported. The sentence for the 39-year-old single mother was scheduled to end July 28, but she was held additional days without explanation.

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  • Imprisoned Iranian believer in ‘urgent’ health crisis

    March 29 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Imprisoned Iranian believer in ‘urgent’ health crisis

    Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity, is in “urgent need of special care.” Mohabat News reported that Zargaran’s health condition “deteriorated last week,” citing sources close to her family. Zargaran suffers from multiple health issues, including ASD hole-in-the heart disease, “drastic” weight loss, weakness, depression and trauma.

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  • Christian sites destroyed in Iran

    March 14 2017 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Christian sites destroyed in Iran

    Muslim extremists have damaged historic churches in recent years without any response from international groups, a Christian news outlet in Iran says. Many of the roughly 500 registered church buildings are abandoned or “on the verge of destruction.” Iran Press Watch reported security forces have often closed, relocated and damaged their cemeteries.

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  • Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    February 1 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    Persecution against Christians is ranked “extreme” and “severe” in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S. Six of the countries are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest.

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  • Abedini: $400M ‘ransom’ debate best left to leaders

    August 8 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini: $400M ‘ransom’ debate best left to leaders

    Pastor Saeed Abedini is reluctant to question the $400 million in foreign currency the Obama administration paid to Iran during a prison swap that secured Abedini’s release in January. Instead, he is concerned that Iran continues to persecute Christian converts there and has active legal cases against about 1,000 members of the church he founded.

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  • Abedini church worker near death in Iran prison

    June 6 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini church worker near death in Iran prison

    A female Christian convert who worked with Saeed Abedini planting house churches years ago in Iran is on a hunger strike and near death in the harsh Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. Nasim Naghash Zargaran, also known as Maryam, was one of the first people who converted to Christianity under Abedini’s counsel.

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  • Christianity thrives in Iran despite severe persecution

    April 4 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Christianity thrives in Iran despite severe persecution

    Although Iran is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian, the underground house church movement there is exploding. “Thousands upon thousands” of people in Iran are becoming Christians annually, according to Open Doors USA spokeswoman Emily Fuentes.

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  • Abedini retreats to North Carolina

    January 22 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Abedini retreats to North Carolina

    A smile burst forth from Saeed Abedini’s face as he skipped the last step exiting the plane into his family’s arms. Abedini, 35, a pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than three years, was freed Jan. 16, along with three other American citizens.

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  • Iranian pastor Fathi freed from prison

    December 28 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iranian pastor Fathi freed from prison

    Iranian pastor Farshid Fathi has been freed after five years imprisonment in Tehran because of charges linked to his Christian faith, Middle East Concern announced Dec. 22, estimating nearly 100 Christians remain imprisoned there. Previously, Fathi was scheduled for release in December, 2017 ...

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  • Naghmeh Abedini says faith ‘more real’ than before

    October 1 2015 by Morning Star News, Middle East correspondent | with 0 comments
    Naghmeh Abedini says faith ‘more real’ than before

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sept. 30 declined to meet with the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini during his trip to the United Nations, days after the Christian’s wife learned her husband had recently been tortured. Naghmeh Abedini said the Iranian government is treating him “like a pawn in a game of chess.”

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  • Abedini prayer vigils set globally 9/26

    September 17 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abedini prayer vigils set globally 9/26

    Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, is on a 21-day “Daniel” fast and is organizing prayer vigils internationally Sept. 26, the third anniversary of her husband’s imprisonment in Iran for his Christian faith. She is also is promoting a letter-writing campaign ...

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  • Iran deal called a ‘misstep’ but may help evangelism

    September 14 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iran deal called a ‘misstep’ but may help evangelism

    Though the White House has sufficient congressional support of the Iran nuclear deal to ensure its implementation, Southern Baptist legislators continue to warn the accord could facilitate Islamic terrorism. Southern Baptist seminary professor Ayman Ibrahim views the deal as a “misstep,” but noted God may use it to facilitate evangelism in Iran.

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  • U.S.-Iran prisoner swaps challenged

    July 23 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S.-Iran prisoner swaps challenged

    Though America’s release of four Iranian prisoners in 2012-13 was viewed by some as reciprocation for Iran’s release of three American hikers, a Wall Street Journal report suggests the prisoner releases were also related to a private series of negotiations that paved the way for this month’s nuclear agreement.

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  • Iran deal: persecuted church ‘left behind’

    July 15 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iran deal: persecuted church ‘left behind’

    The nuclear deal struck by Iran and six world powers led by the United States has drawn criticism from evangelicals for its potential ill effects on Israel and persecuted Christians in the Persian nation. The American Center for Law and Justice lamented that the deal …

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