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Islamic State forces Syrian Christians to sign contract

Syrian Christians

The Islamic State terror group published photos of the terror group forcing Syrian Christians to sign a dhimmi (non-Muslim) contract that forces the Christians to pay a “jizya” tax and severely curtails their freedom to practice their faith under the …

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Kenya moves forward with strict new church regulations


The Kenyan government is cracking down on churches in the country, using two high-profile incidents of misconduct to help justify the new regulations. In mid-August, Deputy President William Ruto said the government will tighten regulations on the registration of religious …

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2 South Sudanese pastors’ travel ban lifted

Sudan Pastors

JUBA, South Sudan —Two Christian pastors have arrived safely home in Juba, South Sudan, after an eight-month ordeal of imprisonment on fabricated charges of capital crimes in Khartoum, Sudan, and a ban on leaving the country, Morning Star News reported …

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Boko Haram head dispels rumors of his death

Boko Haram

LAGOS, Nigeria — An audio recording released Aug. 16 claiming Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is still alive is believed to be authentic, dispelling rumors of his death and refuting Chad President Idriss Deby’s claim to have “decapitated” the group. …

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India’s government blocks access to porn websites

Millions of India’s online movie-browsers met a mysterious information blockade as laptops glowed with a cryptic message: “This site has been blocked as per the instructions of Competent Authority.” India’s government required internet service providers to block 857 objectionable websites. …

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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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