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Iranian pastor Fathi freed from prison

Farshid Fathi

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian pastor Farshid Fathi has been freed after five years imprisonment in Tehran because of charges linked to his Christian faith, Middle East Concern announced Dec. 22, estimating nearly 100 Christians remain imprisoned there. “We are so …

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2 Sudanese Christian leaders arrested

Sudan Christians

JUBA, South Sudan — Security officials have arrested two Sudanese Christian leaders near Khartoum and are seeking to re-imprison two pastors who were freed in August, Morning Star News has reported. The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested two …

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North Korea gives life sentence to Canadian pastor

Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim

North Korea — A Canadian pastor was sentenced to life in prison with hard labor by North Korea’s highest court for “crimes against the state.” Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim, 60, was convicted Dec. 16 of numerous charges, including an attempt …

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Boko Haram resumes village raids, destruction

Boko Haram

NORTHEAST NIGERIA — Boko Haram has revived its once trademark hit-and-run raids on villages, killing at least eight people, kidnapping and displacing others, and burning homes in northeastern Nigeria and southeastern Niger villages Nov. 28-29, according to news reports. The …

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Bringing hope to Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees

MIDDLE EAST — Christian missions workers like Peter Matheson are working to bring hope to refugees. But the ongoing crisis has taken a toll on the many he serves — and on him personally — as he ministers in the …

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Syrian refugees are one part of a complex picture


As the debate intensifies over the refugee crisis, Americans are contemplating if compassion and security are mutually exclusive. In the wake of the gruesome terror attacks that killed 129 people last week in Paris, more than half of U.S. governors …

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