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Persecution grows in rebel-held regions of Ukraine

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Persecution | In parts of Ukraine taken over by separatist, pro-Russian rebels, persecution continues to escalate against anyone who does not belong to the Russian Orthodox…

Pakistan reinstates death penalty, Christians fear blasphemy charges

By Julia A. Seymour
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Pakistan | Pakistan recently reinstated the death penalty for all eligible offenses after a seven-year moratorium on capital punishment. A government official said the…

U.S. lawmakers urge new Saudi king to embrace human rights reforms

By Julia A. Seymour
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Religious Liberty | Saudi Arabia has a new king, and a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers took the opportunity during his transition to power to petition him to expand freedom…

Joy in India as Taliban frees Jesuit priest

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | A Jesuit priest and his family in India rejoiced over his release last week after eight months as a Taliban hostage. The Islamic militants in Afghanistan…

Turkey gets first Christian TV station

By Julia A. Seymour
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Turkey | For the first time, millions of people in Turkey watching government-regulated satellite television will be able to find Christian programming. Shows created…

UN condemns ISIS for brutality against children

By Julia A. Seymour
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ISIS | Children often pay a heavy price in armed conflicts, but in Iraq, the violence of ISIS militants has been especially brutal. Children have been beaten,

Convert to Christianity in Burma? Get government permission first

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Burma, also called Myanmar, is expected to worsen if a new religious conversion bill makes it into…

Boko Haram ramps up attacks ahead of Nigerian elections

By Julia A. Seymour
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Nigeria | The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram intensified attacks in northern Nigeria and in towns on the border with Chad in recent weeks, threatening to derail the…

Turkish PM: Istanbul will get its first new church since 1923

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Turkey | The Turkish government has promised to allow Christians to build a new church in Istanbul, the first in almost 100 years. But skeptics say laying the first…

New president, papal visit brings hope to Sri Lankan Christians

By Julia A. Seymour
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Sri Lanka | A new president and a visit from Pope Francis brought joy and hope to Sri Lankans last week. Pope Francis arrived Jan. 12, shortly after voters elected…

Christians demand Modi take a stand in India’s conversion debate

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Hindu nationalists’ attempts to convert large groups of Christians and Muslims, along with political rhetoric about making India Hindu again, continue to…

Christmas isn’t over yet, and neither is holiday persecution

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Even as Christians in free countries gathered together for worship or family celebrations this Christmas, fellow believers in India, China, and Iran faced…

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