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  • N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

    July 10 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

    Forty-eight of 50 North Carolina senators signed a senatorial statement urging the Turkish government to release Pastor Andrew Brunson. A Presbyterian minister from Black Mountain, N.C., Brunson has been imprisoned by Turkey since Oct. 7, 2016. He was arrested and wrongly associated with a group that Turkish authorities say …

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  • American pastor charged with ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

    March 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    American pastor charged with ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

    American pastor Andrew Brunson has been indicted in Turkey on charges of terrorism. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) claims the charges amount to an admission “that Turkey considers sharing the gospel an ‘act of terrorism.’”

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  • New charges against pastor in Turkey jail

    September 6 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New charges against pastor in Turkey jail

    American pastor Andrew Brunson faces new charges punishable by four consecutive life imprisonments in an Izmir, Turkey, prison. The Presbyterian pastor formerly of North Carolina is now accused of espionage aimed at overthrowing the Turkish Parliament and government and undermining the constitutional order of the state.

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  • 78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

    February 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

    A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers have signed a letter calling for the release of Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen believed to have been jailed for his Christian faith in Turkey where he had pastored more than 23 years.

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  • U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith

    December 19 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith

    Religious liberty advocates have joined the U.S. government in seeking the release of an American citizen who pastored a Protestant church in Turkey for 20 years before being imprisoned for his faith. Andrew Brunson was reportedly detained 63 days without charges at the Harmandali Detention Center in Izmir, Turkey, before being imprisoned.

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  • ‘Malatya massacre’: 5 assailants found guilty

    October 3 2016 by Morning Star News, World Watch Monitor & BP staff | with 0 comments
    ‘Malatya massacre’: 5 assailants found guilty

    Authorities arrested five Muslim-Turkish nationalists Sept. 29 who had been convicted for the torture and murder of three Christians in 2007. Despite the verdict in Malatya, a city of more than 750,000 people in southeast Turkey, the men were not detained and were subject only to routine surveillance, pending appeals proceedings in the slayings.

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  • ISIS sends child slaves on suicide missions

    September 8 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    ISIS sends child slaves on suicide missions

    Though Turkish officials are still investigating who is responsible for a recent suicide attack that killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding, they initially thought the bomber was a child, likely linked to Islamic State (ISIS). Whether the claim proves true, evidence shows ISIS exploits boys and girls as bombers, combatants, and sex slaves.

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  • Failed coup leaves Turkey’s Christians on edge

    July 22 2016 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Failed coup leaves Turkey’s Christians on edge

    In the aftermath of a failed military coup, Christians in Turkey are likely to face increased scrutiny and more persecution, an international security expert said. An estimated 50,000-60,000 people – soldiers, police, judges, prosecutors, civil servants and teachers – have been fired or detained since the July 15 coup attempt, according to news reports.

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  • Turkey leader’s social media counters military coup

    July 18 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Turkey leader’s social media counters military coup

    Turkey’s Islamist-leaning president, Tayyip Erdogan, survived a coup by narrowly escaping a band of soldiers and then launching “a counteroffensive that marshaled military might, technology and religion,” as described by Wall Street Journal reporters. The coup attempt failed, leaving more than 250 people dead and 2,800 military personnel detained for questioning, as estimated by The Journal.

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  • Ramadan attacks reflect need for Christians to pray

    Two terror attacks in Turkey during Ramadan have marked the Islamic holy month with violence and chaos. Terrorists opened fire at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul before detonating explosives, killing 43 people and injuring more than 200. Three weeks earlier, a car bomb tore through a crowded area of Istanbul, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more.

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  • Istanbul pastor shows hope to protesters

    June 24 2013 by Ralph Brock, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Istanbul pastor shows hope to protesters

    While protesters and police furiously clash in Istanbul, a pastor there is quietly continuing his ministry.

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  • Taksim Square in the heart of Istanbul seems like ground zero of the biggest party in Turkey. Groups of students dance hand-in-hand. Local musicians gather for impromptu open-air performances. Women hand out sesame-covered biscuits to anyone in arm’s reach.

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  • Two more countries – Turkey and Tajikistan – are worthy of inclusion on a list of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty, a congressionally approved watchdog on the issue has recommended.

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  • Turkey quake teams helping survivors

    November 1 2011 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Survivors of Turkey’s Oct. 23 earthquake need food, temporary shelter from the cold, clean water and medical care, and teams trained by Baptist Global Response (BGR) are helping to respond to the crisis, a spokesman for the international relief and development organization said Oct. 31.

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  • Turkey quake: survivors ‘need aid fast’

    October 26 2011 by Ava Thomas, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    ERCIS, Turkey – In eastern Turkey, hard-hit by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake Oct. 23, the living are still being pulled from the rubble – a two-week-old baby, a pregnant mother, a grandmother, according to BBC News.

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