Authorities in Iran Raid Christians’ Homes, Ask Them to Leave Country

Convert who received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine among those interrogated.

Rajai-Shahr Prison in Karaj, outside Tehran. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Christian in Iran who received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine has been asked to leave the country, human right activists said. Agents from the Iranian intelligence service, known as VEVAK, on Feb. 16 raided the home of Mehdi Reza Omidi and two other members of house churches in Rasht, […]

Islamic Extremists in Sub-Saharan Africa Pursue Convert from Islam Who Fled Egypt

After family tortures him, Christian tracked by relative, consulate and violent Islamists.

Church of the Holy Virgin and the Archangel Michael in the Al-Warraq area of greater Cairo. (Morning Star News)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – When Ahmed Ali, a Christian convert from Islam, fled his native Egypt to a sub-Saharan nation after months of torture by his father and brothers, loneliness was not his worst problem. On the streets of the capital city of the African country (undisclosed for security reasons) last month, Ali’s uncle […]

U.S. Evangelist Wins Five-Year Battle for Residency in Turkey

Co-founder of Bible correspondence course faced threat of deportation.

David Byle. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After a five-year court battle, a U.S. evangelist singled out by Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior for deportation because of his outreach activities has been granted a residency permit to stay in Turkey. David Byle was issued a residency permit at the end of January after five years of living […]

Egypt in Mourning as It Bombs Libyan Terrorist Targets after Beheading of Copts

Battle against Islamic State expands to Libya; U.S. help sought.

One of the victims prays before he and 20 other men are killed. (Screen-save Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After months of indifference to Islamist militants killing Egyptian Christians in Libya, Egypt bombed Islamic extremist targets in Libya and declared seven days of mourning following the beheading of 21 Copts. Video released on Sunday (Feb. 15) under the logo of the militant Sunni terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly […]

Christian in Egypt Gunned Down

Family of victim believes alleged killers are trying to intimidate them into dropping charges in 2013 murders.

Mourners at funeral for four Copts on July 7, 2013. (Morning Star News photo)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Police in Upper Egypt have arrested a man who, according to eyewitnesses, gunned down a Christian on Tuesday (Jan. 13) for what family members believe was their refusal to drop charges against the suspect’s relatives in other religiously motivated killings in 2013. Hasan Baghdadi was arrested on Wednesday (Jan. 14) […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2014

For once, good news – miraculous righting of horrific injustice in Sudan – tops list.

Meriam Ibrahim with family after her release on June 23. (Shareif ali Shareif)

(Morning Star News) – In a year that saw a new level of cruelty unleashed upon Christians and other religious minorities across Syria, Iraq and Africa, one once obscure case of injustice in Sudan turned into a titanic battle that gripped the world’s attention. The battle appeared to be spiritual as much as legal. 1 – […]

Suspected Islamic Extremists in Libya Abduct 13 Egyptian Christians

Third attack on area Christians in two weeks.

Libya has become lawless since anti-Gaddafi fighters of the National Transitional Council took power in 2011. (Wikipedia)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – In the most recent of a series of kidnappings and killings targeting Egyptian Christians in Libya, 13 Christians in the country were abducted on Saturday (Jan. 3). A group of armed men thought to be members of an Islamic militia group burst into a housing complex in Sirte, Libya […]

Noted Convert from Islam in Egypt Wins Partial Appeal but Remains in Jail

Two of three charges dropped against Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly Mohammed Hegazy.

Bishoy Armia Boulous, previously known as Mohammed Hegazy. (Morning Star News)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A noted convert in Egypt who was sentenced to five years in prison for documenting attacks on Christians has won a partial victory on appeal, but he remains in jail because of prior blasphemy charges. An appeals judge on Sunday (Dec. 28) found Bishoy Armia Boulous, 31, previously known as […]

Displaced Iraqi Christians Ponder an Iraq without Christians

Wait out the bloodbath and return home, or end the church’s historic presence?

A priest conducts mass for displaced people in office complex in Erbil, Iraq. (Morning Star News)

ERBIL, Iraq (Morning Star News) – As he drove across the bridge, slowly following other cars, the scene unfolding around the pastor was complete chaos. In the distance he could hear mortar rounds hitting their targets as hundreds of other displaced people streamed by one side of his car with whatever they could carry on […]

Suspected Arsonist Sought in Fire at Bible Distribution Center in Istanbul, Turkey

Fire officials thought to have tried to downplay likelihood of arson.

David Byle amid fire damage at Bible Correspondence Course in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Turkish authorities are searching for a suspected arsonist in connection with a fire here that destroyed thousands of New Testaments and other Christian books. The fire started at approximately 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the offices of the Bible Correspondence Course in Turkey (BCC-Turkey), located in a multistory building […]

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