Two Converts from Islam Slain in Yemen

Both Christians had received threats; one from Muslim family members, the other from Al Qaeda.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Yemen, both converts from Islam, have been ambushed and killed because of their faith, according to sources close to the victims. In Taiz, a city with a pre-war population of 600,000 people in southwest Yemen, at least one member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) […]

Burma (Myanmar) Military Offensive Displaces Kachin Christians

In spite of elections and reforms, no end in sight for conflict with ethnic minorities.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Artillery and air strikes by Burma (Myanmar) government forces on rebel bases in Kachin state in the past week displaced hundreds of ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian people long targeted in part because they are not Buddhist. The Rev. Lama Yaw of the Kachin Baptist Convention, who visited areas near […]

Young Woman in Uganda Beaten, Disowned for Putting Faith in Christ

Father persuaded not to kill her.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – The father of a young Muslim woman in east Uganda on Thursday (Nov. 12) tried to beat her to death after she became a Christian, but community leaders intervened and limited him to disowning her, sources said. Kibida Muyemba learned that his 21-year-old daughter, Namusisi Birye, had put her faith […]

Court in Pakistan Acquits Muslims Accused of Raping Two Christian Girls

Prosecution absent, key witness bribed, sources say.

LONDON (Morning Star News) – Two Muslim men who raped two Christian sisters in Pakistan last year have been acquitted after Islamists pressured a key witness not to testify and a prosecutor failed to show up in court, family and legal sources said. The two teenaged girls (names withheld) had gone to a toilet in a […]

Church Building Burned Down in Eastern Sudan

Radical Muslims suspected.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – On top of recent government demolitions of church buildings, suspected Muslim extremists in Sudan’s eastern city of Al Qadarif this month set fire to one used by a 500-member congregation, sources said. Leaders from the Lutheran Church of Sudan said they suspect a radical Muslim set the blaze that […]

Police Set Up Christian in Pakistan with False Blasphemy Charge, Sources Say

In separate incident, Muslim teachers assault Christian headmaster.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Police have filed a false blasphemy charge against a Christian in Sargodha after he refused their requests for money, a relative said. In a separate incident also in Punjab Province, Muslim high school teachers assaulted a Christian headmaster because he had been promoted over them and refused to comply with […]

Evangelist in Eastern Uganda Killed after Muslim-Christian Debate

Islamists had threatened church lay leader.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamists upset by a Christian-Muslim debate are suspected in the killing of a long-time evangelist in eastern Uganda who led many Muslims to Christ, sources said. The mutilated body of Samson Nfunyeku was found close to his home in Kalampete village, Kibuku District early on Sept. 23, after the latest […]

Pastor Beaten Unconscious in Madhya Pradesh, India

Hindu extremists continue to use ‘anti-conversion’ law to jail victims of attacks.

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – A pastor in Madhya Pradesh state is recovering after Hindu extremists last month beat him unconscious and left him in a pool of blood, sources said. About 20 Hindu extremists in Fattiguda, Jhabua on Sept. 10 kicked, punched and beat with a club pastor Ajmer Singh Damor of Shalom Church, […]

U.S.-Iranian Pastor Abedini’s Ordeal in Iran Tests, Builds Faith of Wife, Children

Addressing president of Iran or her kids, Naghmeh Abedini chooses words carefully.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday declined to meet with the wife of imprisoned U.S.-Iranian- pastor Saeed Abedini during his trip to the United Nations, days after the Christian’s wife learned he had recently been tortured. Rouhani instead said in a television interview that releasing Iranian criminals held in U.S. prisons […]

Aid Worker Assassinated in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Islamic State claims responsibility for killing.

(Morning Star News) – The Islamic State (IS) has taken responsibility for gunning down the Italian program manager of a Christian-backed aid group on Monday (Sept. 28) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An online statement claiming to be from the Islamic extremist IS said a “security detachment” from the terrorist organization had followed Cesare Tavella of the […]