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Could freedom and democracy be returning to Burma? After almost a half-century of brutal military rule, Christians there are hopeful. “Burma appears to be turning a new leaf,” reports Mission Network News. “The brutal military rule has given way to […]

Has the Iranian Supreme Court annulled  Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani’s controversial death sentence? Apparently not. On October 11, Mohabat News, the Iranian Christian news agency announced on its website that the high court had found “defects” in Nadarkhani’s case requiring his case to be returned to […]

Young Coptic Christians stood in silent tribute Sunday night at Cairo’s Abbasseya Cathedral, mourning the violent deaths of 27 and wounding of hundreds in what is increasingly being referred to as the Maspero Massacre — as Egyptian army units opened fire […]

A 12-year-old Christian Pakistani girl was lured away from her home, kidnapped, then repeatedly raped by her captors for eight months — who now claim that she is married to one of the kidnappers. The girl escaped and returned home, however […]

In a society obsessed with pet dogs, cats, rodents, fish and reptiles, it only follows that churches should open their doors to Fido. “As a boy in San Antonio, Paul Flotron helped his family raise miniature schnauzers,” writes Mark Oppenheimer […]

All Egyptian women seeking office in upcoming elections must be veiled and not speak to men, says a top Egyptian politician, adding to growing concerns that “Arab Spring” has been a setback for human rights in the Arab world’s most populous nation. […]

Iraq’s Kurdish minority is offering homes to refugee Christians who have been driven out of southern Iraq and Baghdad by Islamist extremists. Aboout 30 million Kurds inhabit a region historically known as Kurdistan which crosses the borders of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. About 4 million […]

No churches or Christian schools remain in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department. “There is no longer a public Christian church,” reads a State Department report on religious freedom. “[Private] chapels and churches for the international community of various […]

The mysterious death of South Korean pastor Patrick Kim in China is being blamed on North Korea. “On a Sunday evening in August, a middle-aged South Korean pastor collapsed suddenly near a taxi stand in Dandong, a Chinese city on […]

The final verdict for condemned Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani is now in the hands of Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei, according to the French news agency Agence France-Presse. “The ayatollah has ultimate authority in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” […]