Muslim Extremists in Egypt Torch Coptic Christian Homes, Businesses

Assailants suspect Copts of turning center into church building.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Dozens of Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt are rebuilding their lives after Muslim extremists on Friday (Nov. 25) attacked them on suspicions that they were converting a meeting hall and community center into a church building. After noon prayers in Al-Nagameesh village in Sohag Governorate, a group of Muslims set […]

Emergency Order Broadens Turkey’s Powers to Deport Foreigners

After deportation of two U.S. Christians, expatriate Christians further unsettled.

(Morning Star News) – An emergency order issued over the weekend makes it significantly easier for Turkey to deport expatriates, further unsettling  foreign Christians after the government this month ordered the deportation two U.S. Christians. The directive eliminates the need for a court decision before a foreigner can be deported, amending sections of the 2013 […]

Christians in Iran Appeal Sentence of 80 Lashes for Drinking Communion Wine

Pastor Behnam Irani released.

ISTANBUL (Morning Star News) – Three Iranian Christians sentenced to receive 80 lashes for drinking wine during a Communion service filed an appeal Wednesday (Oct. 25) to have their case overturned, a noted advocacy group reported. In a trial that lasted a mere 10 minutes, the three converts from Islam, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb […]

Authorities in Turkey Arrest Killers in Malatya Slayings

Five nationalists had been freed after conviction, sentencing.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Authorities in Turkey last night arrested the five Muslim nationalists convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007. A source told Morning Star News of the arrests last evening, and advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC) confirmed it […]

After Nine Years, Killers in Malatya, Turkey Slayings Are Convicted, Sentenced

Five nationalists remain free while life sentences are appealed.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After a nine-year legal saga, a Turkish criminal court today sentenced five men to life in prison for the torture and murder of three Christians in southeast Turkey in 2007. The Malatya First Heavy Penal Court found Salih Gurler, Cuma Ozdemir, Abuzer Yildirim, Hamit Ceker and Emre Gunaydin guilty on […]

Coptic Teenagers Sentenced in Egypt for ‘Defaming Islam’ in Video Flee to Switzerland

In exclusive interview, they debunk story of mocking Islamic State beheadings.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Sentenced to prison in Egypt for allegedly insulting Islam in a video, four Coptic teenagers who had taken refuge in Turkey for months on Thursday (Sept. 1) flew to Switzerland to seek asylum. In exclusive interviews with Morning Star News, the boys said they made their video before the release […]

Iran Suspected of ‘Forcing Confessions’ to Obtain ‘Evidence’ against Church Leader

Five Christians illegally arrested at a picnic.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Five members of an Iranian house church are missing after government agents arrested them on Friday (Aug. 26) without a warrant and took them to an undisclosed location, according to a leading advocacy group. No information is available on the whereabouts of Ramiel Bet Tamraz, Amin Nader Afshar, Hadi Askary, […]

Key Figure in Fight for Religious Freedom in Egypt Freed, Declares Return to Islam

Mohammed Hegazy endured abuse in prison for more than two and a half years.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – After more than two and a half years of unlawful detention and abuse at the hands of the Egyptian government, a prominent convert from Islam to Christianity has issued a public statement declaring he has returned to Islam. Mohammed Hegazy, also known by his Christian name, Bishoy Armia Hegazy, […]

Iran Levels Serious Charge against Noted Church Leader, Beats Another

Pastor faces fabricated charge of “acting against national security.”

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Iranian authorities charged a well-known pastor with “acts against national security” and beat another as persecution of Christians continued the past month. Youcef Nadarkhani, a pastor once charged with apostasy and then acquitted in 2012, was charged with acting against national security. Summoned to the 13th Branch of the Revolutionary […]

One Dead, Several Injured in Islamist Attacks on Copts in Egypt

Weekend of violence abetted by impunity.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – One Christian is dead, several others have been wounded and a fire gutted a church building after Muslims across Egypt waged a weekend of violence against Copts. In Tahana El-Gabal village in Minya Governorate, on Sunday night (July 17) Fam Mary Khalaf, 27, was overpowered by a group of Muslims […]