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  • Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    February 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    At least 170 Christian farmers and Muslim Fulani herdsmen have died this year in Nigeria’s Middle Belt in a centuries-old feud driven by Muslims seeking to graze their cattle on farmland, Christian advocacy groups have reported. Advocacy group Amnesty International counted 170 killings through Jan. 30.

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  • China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    January 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    The bombing demolition of a megachurch in China is indicative of a rush to silence Christianity under new laws that will heighten religious persecution, according to human rights group ChinaAid. The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, was home to some 50,000 worshippers before the Chinese government bombed and demolished the church.

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  • Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    January 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    The most dangerous countries for Christians, led again by North Korea, remain largely the same, according to the 2018 list compiled by a leading advocate for the persecuted church. Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List Jan. 10.

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  • Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

    January 10 2018 by Morning Star News, Nigeria Correspondent | with 0 comments
    Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

    A mass burial on Jan. 7 was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year’s Day, sources said. Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored funeral as he visited Benue State University Teaching Hospital-Makurdi’s hospital morgue.

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  • World’s worst religious freedom violators evaluated

    January 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    World’s worst religious freedom violators evaluated

    The Trump administration’s first designation of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom received the same evaluation as the last list under President Obama – good but not good enough. The State Department announced Jan. 4 the re-designation of the same “countries of particular concern” announced in April 2016 by the Obama administration.

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  • 9 killed, several wounded leaving Egypt Coptic church

    January 3 2018 by Morning Star News, Cairo correspondent | with 0 comments
    9 killed, several wounded leaving Egypt Coptic church

    Gunmen killed at least nine people and wounded several others leaving a Christmas season worship service south of Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry told Morning Star News. Two gunmen on a motorbike attacked St. Menas “Mar Mina” Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan at about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29.

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  • Pakistan: ISIS claims attack on church

    December 19 2017 by Morning Star News, Pakistan correspondent | with 0 comments
    Pakistan: ISIS claims attack on church

    Terror struck Christians in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province Dec. 17 as four terrorists allegedly linked with the Islamic State group attacked a church, killing at least nine worshipers and injuring more than 50 others. Police and church officials said that four suicide attackers stormed the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in the provincial capital, Quetta.

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  • 100 Christians killed in clashes with Nigerian herdsmen

    December 18 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    100 Christians killed in clashes with Nigerian herdsmen

    More than 100 Christians have died in December clashes with militant Fulani herdsmen in northeastern Nigeria, and the military is suspected of aiding the attackers, Christian leaders there told World News. The attacks began after Fulani herdsmen raped and killed a pregnant mother on her farm, killing her husband and brother when they intervened.

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  • Amid attacks in Egypt, Christians see churches close

    November 29 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Amid attacks in Egypt, Christians see churches close

    Christian persecution continues in Egypt amid the terroristic slaughter of more than 300 Sufi Muslims during worship at a North Sinai mosque, Morning Star News reported. Weeks before the attack at the Al-Rawdah Mosque, Coptic Christians in the country already faced the closure of many Christian houses of worship for fear of similar attacks.

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  • Indian Christians accused of kidnapping, forced conversion

    November 16 2017 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Indian Christians accused of kidnapping, forced conversion

    A court allowed seven Christian children in India to return to their families a week after Hindu radicals falsely accused their chaperones of kidnapping them to forcibly convert them. It was the third situation of its kind in Madhya Pradesh state since May.

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  • Pakistani death sentences show blasphemy laws’ threat

    November 9 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pakistani death sentences show blasphemy laws’ threat

    The October death sentences for three Pakistani men demonstrate the threat of blasphemy laws in many countries to the life and liberty of Christians and other religious minorities. The judgments for the Pakistanis came two months after the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report that showed more than one-third of the world’s countries have blasphemy laws.

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  • Shootings don’t stop churches, say past victims

    November 8 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Shootings don’t stop churches, say past victims

    Church shootings like the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, will not intimidate the body of Christ, according to a Washington Post op-ed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore. Congregations that have experienced shootings are offering testimony to support his assertion.

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  • India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churches

    November 2 2017 by Morning Star India correspondent | with 0 comments
    India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churches

    Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said. Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector’s office, church leaders said.

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  • Kidnapped Chinese Christian lawyer details persecution

    October 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kidnapped Chinese Christian lawyer details persecution

    A kidnapped Chinese Christian attorney held in Beijing chronicles China’s religious persecution in a book smuggled from the country and published in the U.S., even as Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges to control religion there. Renowned attorney Gao Zhisheng’s book was released just days before Xi delivered an hours-long speech encouraging the purest Marxist communism.

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  • 3rd Pakistani Christian teenager killed since August

    October 13 2017 by Morning Star News, Pakistan Correspondent | with 0 comments
    3rd Pakistani Christian teenager killed since August

    Police in Pakistan beat a 14-year-old Christian boy to death on Oct. 9, because he had gotten into a fight with a Muslim classmate who tried to bully him into renouncing his faith, Morning Star News reported. Arsalan Masih is the third Christian teenager to be killed in Pakistan since August.

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