CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Egyptian authorities this week arrested a Christian who is arguably the nation’s most well-known convert from Islam and are investigating him for several activities, including allegedly inciting “sectarian strife.” Bishoy Armia Boulous, 31, formally known by his Muslim name, Mohammed Hegazy, was arrested Wednesday morning (Dec. 4) at a cafe […]
Mohammed Hegazy, now with new name, jailed for allegedly inciting ‘sectarian strife.’
Leverage could be lost, rights advocates say.
CAIRO (Morning Star News) – As Western powers prepare to ease economic sanctions against Iran in support of a new nuclear non-proliferation treaty, human rights activists say leverage for winning freedom for prisoners of faith may about to be lost. A human rights advocate and researcher who monitors Iran for Christian Solidarity Worldwide said his colleagues […]
Group says British volunteer their first ever to be arrested in country.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – An Israeli immigration judge has ordered the deportation of a Messianic Jewish man from England who was arrested last week for taking part in an evangelistic event in southern Israel. Barry Barnett, 50, a worker with Jews for Jesus UK, was ordered on Sunday (Nov. 24) to leave the country […]
Islamic extremists, criminals reappear after lull.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – Three months after the Egyptian Army liberated Delga from militant Muslims, Islamists and criminals are terrorizing Christians in other towns across Egypt, human rights activists said. Islamists in the towns are again charging Jizya, a Koranic fine on non-Muslims also known as the “submission” or “humiliation” tax, after a lull […]
Christian goes into hiding after secret police learn of his activities.
ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – The young woman in Tehran, Iran who introduced her boyfriend to Jesus hasn’t seen him since he fled the city, but his dreams give her hope that he is well. The Iranian woman has heard that since Armin Davoodi fled authorities who threatened him with death for proclaiming Christ earlier this […]
Human rights journalist addresses conference on persecution in the Middle East.
(Morning Star News) – Remarks today by award-winning Swedish-Assyrian journalist Nuri Kino at a conference on persecution of Christians in the Middle East in Brussels, sponsored by the Middle East Christian Committee, as reported by the Assyrian International News Agency: My name is Nuri Kino; I’m a researcher, an author, a filmmaker, a human rights […]
Archbishop calls Islamist rebel attack the war's largest massacre.
(Morning Star News) – Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh called it “the most serious and biggest massacre of Christians in Syria in the past two years and a half.” The Oct. 21 Islamist rebel siege of Sadad, a small town of 15,000 mostly Syriac Orthodox Christians 160 kilometers (95 miles) north of Damascus, left 45 […]
Jabhat al-Nusra militants have history of beheadings and destruction of churches.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – Syrian government soldiers have retaken the ancient Christian town of Sadad from Jihadi rebels, accoding to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reports JNS.org. Residents from Sadad reported that rebels from the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization have retreated from the town after heavy fighting with the Syrian army. The Associated Press […]
Wounded relatives mourn horrific loss of loved ones.
CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – The wounded mother of a 12-year-old girl killed at a church wedding on Oct. 20 in suburban Cairo lay in a hospital bed on Thursday (Oct. 24), lost in anguish. Howida Refaat Azer, 30, had spent days slipping in and out of consciousness following operations on her right leg, and […]
At least four Christians slain.
LOS ANGELES (Morning Star News) – A funeral took place today at the same Coptic Orthodox church in suburban Cairo, Egypt where four Christians were gunned down at the end of a wedding on Sunday (Oct. 20). Two girls, ages 8 and 13, were among those killed when gunmen drove by the Virgin Mary Church […]