Four Christians in Nepal Arrested on ‘Forced Conversion’ Charges

By International Christian Concern Four Christian women in Nepal, including two Japanese citizens and two Nepalese citizens, were arrested on November 4 on suspicion of attempting to convert people to Christianity by force. The arrests took place after the Christian women were accused of ... Read More

Pakistan Christians wary as asylum offers flood in for Asia Bibi

By World Watch Monitor Several countries have offered asylum to the Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, after she was acquitted by the country’s highest court last month of a blasphemy charge carrying the capital punishment. However, local Christians are fearful of repercussions, as the West ... Read More

Angola: 2,000 unregistered churches forced to close

By World Watch Monitor More than 2,000 churches have been closed and over 1,000 more face closure after Angola’s cabinet approved a new law requiring them to register with the government, including presenting at least 100,000 signatures of followers, as reported by Nairobi-based news site The ... Read More

A look at blasphemy laws around the world

By Courtney Grogan | Catholic News Agency Islamabad, Pakistan – While the world awaits the fate of Asia Bibi, who remains in hiding in Pakistan following the acquittal of her death sentence for blasphemy, religious freedom advocates are calling for an end to blasphemy laws across the ... Read More

China’s mass incarceration of Muslims cannot be left unchallenged

By Timothy Grose | The Guardian More than 12 million Muslims have effectively been taken prisoner in their own homeland, an area of north-west China officially referred to as Xinjiang, which means “New Dominion”. For tens of thousands, some estimate as many as one million, the imprisonment ... Read More

Bulgarians rally to pray, protest proposed religious restrictions

By Ken Camp | Baptist Standard Bulgarian Baptists joined other Christians in a prayer rally and peaceful protest that drew about 2,000 participants to the nation’s capital, united by concern over proposed restrictions on religious freedom. Baptist World Alliance leaders also appealed to ... Read More

Justice served for the McClintic debacle

Ralph Goodale and Justin Trudeau have been playing games with Canadians. They transferred child-killer Terri-Lynne McClintic to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Maple Creek – a minimum security prison with no walls or fences. Then, when Canadians objected, Trudeau’s Liberals deliberately ... Read More

‘Next time we will not survive’ – Middle East Christian refugee

By World Watch Monitor As many as 80% of Syria’s Christians have left their country since the start of the civil war in 2011, while 50% of Iraq’s Christians have been uprooted since 2006, according to a report produced by Christian charities Open Doors International, Served and Middle East ... Read More

Rohingya shocked, terrified as deadline for Myanmar return nears

By Joshua Carroll | Al Jazeera Yangon, Myanmar – Abdul fled his burning home last August amid a frenzy of screams, smoke and gunfire. As soldiers from Myanmar’s army shot people down at his village in northern Rakhine state, he saw his nephew and son-in-law struck and killed by ... Read More

At U.N., China Defends Mass Detention of Uighur Muslims

By Nick Cumming-Bruce | New York Times GENEVA — China faced calls on Tuesday from Western government to end its mass detention of Uighur Muslims, but brusquely rebuffed the concerns as “not factual” and “politically driven.” “China is here to seek cooperation,” said its vice ... Read More

Anger erupts in Egypt after massacre of Christian pilgrims

By Jacob Wirtschafter & Mina Nader | Religion News Service MINYA, Egypt (RNS) — The Coptic bishop of this city south of Cairo, Anba Makarios, spent the weekend trying to comfort mourners after two buses carrying Coptic Christians were ambushed Friday (Nov. 2) as they left a monastery ... Read More

Egypt attack: Gunmen target bus with Coptic Christians

By BBC News At least seven people have been killed in Egypt by gunmen who opened fire on a bus carrying a group of Coptic Christians, officials say. A number of people were also injured in the attack in the Minya region, south of the capital Cairo. The bus was heading towards a local monastery, ... Read More

Pakistan government reportedly adding Asia Bibi to ‘no exit’ list

By Catholic News Agency Lahore, Pakistan, Nov 2, 2018 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- Following an outbreak of protests in Pakistan against the acquittal of Asia Bibi on charges of blasphemy, the government has reportedly begun a process that would add her to a list of people prohibited from leaving the ... Read More

DONBAS: Donetsk: Jehovah’s Witnesses banned

By Felix Corley | Forum 18 The Supreme Court of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic banned Jehovah’s Witnesses on 26 September, a decision that cannot be challenged. Jehovah’s Witness activity “in any form” would face criminal punishment, the General ... Read More

Asia Bibi: anti-blasphemy protests spread across Pakistan

Memphis Barker and Aamir Iqbal | The Guardian Thousands of Islamist protesters have brought Pakistan to a standstill, burning rickshaws, cars and lorries to protest against the acquittal of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on false charges of blasphemy. Traffic jams held up ... Read More