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Rubio files international religious freedom bill

By J.C. Derrick
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Religious Liberty | WASHINGTON—Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., today introduced legislation that would make international religious freedom (IRF) a more integral part of U.S. foreign…

Saudi curbs on religious police aren’t a precursor for broader reforms

By Julia A. Seymour
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Saudi Arabia | Shortly before President Barack Obama’s tense visit to Saudi Arabia last week, the Sunni Islamic monarchy announced new regulations to curb the powers of…

House panel advances religious freedom bill


By J.C. Derrick
Posted

Religious Liberty | Legislation aims to increase religious rights abroad

House church on a hill

By June Cheng
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China | A Christian school. A pro-life ministry. A presbytery. One trailblazing congregation in southwest China is launching politically taboo initiatives and…

The final fall

By Mindy Belz
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Books | In an excerpt from her new book, senior editor Mindy Belz recounts the 2014 fall of Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, an ancient home for Christians and Jews, to…

Extremism and intolerance in Pakistan begin in the classroom

By Evan Wilt
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Pakistan | WASHINGTON—Pakistani children learn to hate non-Muslims from the first day of school, according to a new report from the United States Commission on…

Malaysian court approves landmark Christian conversion case

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | A Malaysian court affirmed the right of a former Muslim to convert to Christianity in a landmark ruling handed down just before Easter. Rooney Rebit converted…

Bangladeshi court rejects bid to remove Islam as state religion

By Anna K. Poole
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Bangladesh | Bangladesh’s top court this week finally rejected an almost three-decade-old bid to remove Islam as its state religion. The trio of high court judges said…

Attack targeting Christians kills 70 in Pakistan

By Evan Wilt
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Terrorism | A suicide bomber rushed into a crowded park full of families on Easter Sunday

Christianity thrives in Iran despite severe persecution

By Julia A. Seymour
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Iran | Although Iran is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian, the underground house church movement there is exploding. “Thousands upon…

China releases jailed Christian human rights lawyer

By June Cheng
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Persecution | Chinese Christian human rights lawyer Zhang Kai finally returned home after nearly seven months of detention for defending Wenzhou churches that had their…

Rights groups ask Egypt to overturn Christian teens’ blasphemy convictions

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Human rights advocates are asking Egyptian officials to overturn sentences handed down last month to three Coptic teenagers over a video they made to mock…

 
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