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2 South Sudanese pastors banned from travel

Sudan Pastors

JUBA, South Sudan — Two South Sudanese Christian pastors released from prison Aug. 5 after eight months’ detention have been banned from leaving the country, Morning Star News reported. The two face no additional charges. Yat Michael, 49, and Peter …

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Refugees seeking hope in Europe


PATRAS, Greece — Insulation and paper clung to the rafters of the former factory like clothes drying on a line. On the concrete floor, shards of glass were mixed with piles of trash. Old desks held overused pots and gritty …

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2 pastors facing death sentences freed in South Sudan

Sudan Pastors

NAIROBI, Kenya — After international outcry, two South Sudanese Presbyterian Evangelical Church pastors who faced a possible death sentence in Sudan have been set free after a court hearing Wednesday (Aug. 5). The Rev. Michael Yat and the Rev. Peter …

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court to hear mother’s appeal

Asia Bibi

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Supreme Court Wednesday (July 22) agreed to review the case of a Christian mother sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge, temporarily suspending her execution. Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman …

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Westgate mall reopens in Kenya; healing continues

Westgate, Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Westgate shopping mall reopened its doors to shoppers July 18, 22 months after the horrific four-day siege that left 67 people dead and 175 wounded. This mall’s opening, considered by some a show of resilience and courage, …

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Syrian refugees long for happier Ramadan


ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — For many who escaped from the violent civil war in Syria, this is their fifth Ramadan in a foreign country. Families in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan are going through a challenging time as …

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Iran grants imprisoned pastor Fathi early release

Farshid Fathi

Pastor Farshid Fathi, imprisoned in Iran for his faith since 2010, has been granted a Dec. 10 release from the notoriously brutal Rajai Shahr prison, two years earlier than expected, Elam Ministries has announced. Ann Buwalda, a board member of …

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