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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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Sudan’s death penalty added to pastors’ trial

Sudan church

JUBA, South Sudan — A judge in Sudan has ruled there is enough evidence to charge two pastors with crimes punishable by death. The charges, including espionage and promoting hatred among or against sects, were filed July 2, months after …

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2 churches burned after Nigeria mosque bombing

St. Michael’s Parish

JOS, Nigeria — The bombing of a mosque by the terrorist group Boko Haram sparked destruction at two churches in Jos, a major city in Nigeria’s north-central state of Plateau. The churches were attacked the night of July 5 amid …

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Boko Haram attacks claim hundreds in Nigeria

Boko Haram

JOS, Nigeria — Twin explosions rocked the Nigerian city of Jos and left dozens dead or severely injured, according to the BBC and Associated Press. The attacks have been tied to the terrorist group Boko Haram, who had also been …

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Ebola lingers, ministry in West Africa continues


WEST AFRICA — Basic human interaction — simply reaching out to shake someone’s hand — had to change. Christian workers shared how survival has depended on it. James Burch*, who serves in West Africa, has seen Ebola reach his doorstep …

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World Refugee Day: Refugees start more than new lives


LONDON — Nations stopped to recognize World Refugee Day on June 20. Many countries are focusing on the needs of the displaced peoples in their communities, and what they’re finding is surprising. Nearly 60 million people worldwide have fled their …

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Report: UN peacekeepers pay impoverished women for sex

UN Peacekeeping

Sexual exploitation of local populations by members of United Nations peacekeeping forces is “quite common but underreported,”according to a draft report by a UN internal oversight office. The report, to be released later this month by the UN’s Office of …

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