Police, Local Officials Complicit in Buddhist Attacks in Sri Lanka, Report Indicates

Worship services ordered to stop.

(Morning Star News) – Police and local officials in Sri Lanka declined to recognize Buddhist aggression against churches and in some cases encouraged persecution of Christians in the first four months of the year, a report indicates. Police initially refused to register a case when a mob led by Buddhist monks assaulted the pastor of […]




Muslims in Zanzibar, Tanzania Jail Pastor in Child Abuse Allegation Scheme, Group Says

Church leader could face 30 years in prison.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslims in Zanzibar have re-opened a child abuse case dismissed more than two years ago as a pretext for jailing a pastor on the semi-autonomous island off the coast of Tanzania, church leaders said. Police in November 2014 had closed the case against pastor Yohana Madai of the Free Pentecostal […]




Bombings at Two Churches in Egypt Turn Palm Sunday into Scenes of Carnage

Blasts in Tanta and Alexandria kill at least 44 people.

(Morning Star News) – Bomb attacks on two Coptic churches holding Palm Sunday services in Egypt today killed at least 44 people and injured more than 100 others, according to reports. The first bomb exploded in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, at St. George’s Church about 60 miles north of Cairo, killing at least […]




Two Pastors in Burma Detained More than Three Months Without Trial 

Baptist leaders tried to help couple who lost their house.

YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) – Two assistant pastors arrested by the Burma army have been jailed without trial for more than three months, sources said. Pastors Dom Dawng Nawng Latt, 65, and 35-year-old La Jaw Gam Hseng were arrested on Dec. 24 after helping local journalists cover military conflict in northern Shan state, eastern Burma […]




Mob Kills Christian Elder at Evangelical School of Sudan in Omdurman

Church leader defended women after police arrested men at embattled institution.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – A church elder on Monday (April 3) died from injuries sustained in a raid on an embattled Christian school by supporters of a Muslim business interest in Omdurman, Sudan, sources said. Younan Abdullah, an elder with Bahri Evangelical Church, died in a hospital after being stabbed while he and […]




Christians Accused in Killings in Pakistan Tortured, Pressured to Recant Faith

42 suspects in lynching of Muslims offered freedom if they convert to Islam.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – Relatives of jailed Christians in Pakistan said police who tortured the prisoners offered freedom if the detainees converted to Islam, and that a public prosecutor made the same offer in exchange for bail. The accusations come days after the government of Pakistan decried forced conversions of people of minority faiths. […]




Christians Imprisoned in Iran Pine under Biased Justice System, Advocates Say

Converts from Islam said to face delays, denials and deceit.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Convert from Islam Ebrahim Firoozi learned only in the past week that an Iranian appeals court in December upheld his five-year prison sentence for crimes related to practicing his faith, advocates reported. At the same time, the appeal of three men sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking Communion wine has […]




Police in Sudan Arrest Christians at School, Prevent Others from Leaving

Take-over of evangelical institution leads to obstruction accusations.

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Police accused staff members of a Christian school in Sudan of obstructing the work of a Muslim-owned business trying to take it over, sources said. Police in Omdurman, across from Khartoum on the Nile River, on Monday (March 27) arrested 12 staff members of a Christian school and the […]




Young Christian Shot Dead in Streets of Sheikhupura, Pakistan

Muslim threatened him after sweeper refused his order.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Morning Star News) – A young Christian sanitation worker was gunned down in Pakistan on March 20 for refusing an influential Muslim’s order to clean his outhouse on his day off, sources said. Noman Munir Masih, 20, of Sheikhupura in Punjab Province, was the sole breadwinner of his Pentecostal family after his father died […]




More than 200 People Killed in Christian Areas of Nasarawa, Nigeria this Year, Group Says

Muslim Fulani herdsmen mount ‘incessant’ attacks.

KEFFI, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Armed attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian communities in Nasarawa state this year have left more than 200 people dead and destroyed homes and farms, sources said. One such attack on a worship service on March 19 in the central Nigerian state’s Oshugu village killed two Christians and […]