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Compassion: 145,000 Children Could Lose Sponsorship by Christmas

Christian charity's largest country, India, no longer lets it transfer money. And now it's run out.
Compassion: 145,000 Children Could Lose Sponsorship by Christmas
Compassion International

Compassion International is “weeks away from permanently withdrawing” from India, according to its testimony this week to a Congressional committee.

“What we’re experiencing is an unprecedented, highly coordinated, deliberate and systematic attack intended ...

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Christians Win Nepal's First Anti-Evangelism Case

Court frees grief counselors charged under former Hindu kingdom's new constitution.
Christians Win Nepal's First Anti-Evangelism Case
Giulio Paletta / Christian Solidarity Worldwide

A court in Nepal has dropped a case against eight Christians, the first religious freedom dispute since the country's new constitution was implemented last year.

The seven men and one woman had been charged with proselytizing after giving out a pamphlet about Jesus in a Christian ...

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British Government Affirms Christmas at Work

New report details when workers' faith expression is protected and when it can get them fired.

British officials are encouraging the country to put Christ back in Christmas—even in their workplaces.

“There are a lot of myths out there when it comes to dealing with religion at work. I want to put the record straight: It is OK to hold a party and send Christmas ...

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How Fidel Castro's Death Will Affect Cuba's Christian Revival

It won't. And that's (mostly) a good thing.
How Fidel Castro's Death Will Affect Cuba's Christian Revival
Yamil Lage / AFP / Getty Images

The remains of Fidel Castro are being displayed in Havana as part of Cuba’s nine days of official mourning for the deceased dictator. Many world leaders will not attend the funeral next week for the man who raised literacy rates but kept a rigid grasp on civil rights.

For ...

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Five Men Sentenced to Death for Burning Christian Couple Alive

Ruling on 2014 incident is rare moment of justice for Pakistani Christians facing blasphemy allegations.
Five Men Sentenced to Death for Burning Christian Couple Alive
Courtesy of LEAD

Last week, Pakistan sentenced five men to death for the murder of a Christian couple who were burned alive in November 2014 for setting fire to some pages from a Qur’an.

A mob of about 600 people beat to near-death Shahzad Masih, 26, and his five-months-pregnant wife Shama ...

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First Christian Governor in Indonesia Suspected of Blasphemy

Uproar over alleged 'misuse' of Qur'an creates tense situation for pluralistic country.
First Christian Governor in Indonesia Suspected of Blasphemy
Dita Alangkara / AP

Thousands of Indonesians protested this week after police named the first Christian governor of the nation’s capital, Jakarta, as a suspect in a blasphemy investigation.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as “Ahok,” was appointed in 2014 after his ally ...

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France Punishes Pro-Life Websites for False Advertising

Meanwhile, US states split on disclosures by Christian pregnancy centers.
France Punishes Pro-Life Websites for False Advertising
carol.anne / Shutterstock

The French government introduced plans this fall to create a “digital trading hindrance” to pregnancy websites that don’t clearly identify their pro-life view.

“Being hostile to abortion is an opinion protected by the civil liberties in France,” ...

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Global Evangelical Leaders: Trump’s Win Will Harm the Church’s Witness

Conference call explores election consequences on evangelicals overseas.
Global Evangelical Leaders: Trump’s Win Will Harm the Church’s Witness
Patrick Semansky / AP

Some evangelical leaders around the globe worry that the recent US presidential election has damaged Christian moral witness, and will fuel discord abroad.

In a conference call Tuesday, a week after Donald Trump’s win, more than 70 ministry presidents, pastors, and scholars ...

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Asia Bibi Case Delayed by Pakistan Supreme Court

Christian mother of five is the first woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan.
Asia Bibi Case Delayed by Pakistan Supreme Court
Courtesy of Open Doors

After seven years in prison, Asia Bibi will have to wait even longer to know her fate.

Her appearance Thursday before Pakistan’s Supreme Court was put off when one of the three judges in the case recused himself. The Christian mother of five is facing a death sentence for ...

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Azerbaijan's Ambiguous Bible Breakthrough

After 20-year struggle, will new Bible society even be allowed to print Bibles?
Azerbaijan's Ambiguous Bible Breakthrough
Francisco Anzola / Flickr

A restrictive majority-Muslim country is getting good news—or rather, the Good News.

The recent registration of a Bible Society in Azerbaijan, after a 20-year fight, has brought fresh optimism to the country’s minority Christians. But there remains some confusion ...

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Red Tape: China Wants to Constrict Christian Activities with 26 New Rules

Both official and house churches now face bigger threat than cross removal campaign.
Red Tape: China Wants to Constrict Christian Activities with 26 New Rules
ChinaAid

This week is the last chance Chinese Christians have to tell their government what they think of its latest religion law.

They have an awful lot to comment on.

China released a draft of new religious restrictions in September, including the prohibition of online religious services, ...

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Finally: Killers of Malatya Martyrs Sentenced to Life in Turkish Prison

But Turkish Christians are still 'infuriated.' Here's why.
Finally: Killers of Malatya Martyrs Sentenced to Life in Turkish Prison
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 ...

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The Promised Law: Egypt Authorizes New Churches

(UPDATED) After more than 160 years, restrictions on church building—including requiring Christians to get permission from the country’s president—are finally eased.
The Promised Law: Egypt Authorizes New Churches
AP Photo/El Shorouk Newspaper, Roger Anis

Update (September 1):

Egypt’s parliament approved a new church-building law this week, relieving the nearly insurmountable requirements—some set by the Ottoman Caliphate in 1856—that Christians had to meet before constructing a church.

Along with asking the president ...

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A Splintered Boko Haram Becomes an Even Greater Threat to Christians

The plight of the 218 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls remains uncertain after a recent split in the world’s deadliest terrorist group.
A Splintered Boko Haram Becomes an Even Greater Threat to Christians
Stephane Yas / Getty Images

A fracturing Boko Haram isn’t good news for the 218 mostly Christian schoolgirls who have been held captive since 2014.

In fact, militants killed 10 and kidnapped 13 more women and children from the primarily Christian village of Chibok on Saturday—the same place ...

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Southern Africans Set to Test Anglican Ban on Same-Sex Unions

The province is scheduled to vote on gay clergy and blessing civil unions.

When the global Anglican Communion censured the Episcopal Church in the United States for redefining marriage eight months ago, it warned that similar actions would be applied to other provinces "when any unilateral decisions on matters of doctrine and polity are taken ...

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