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Kazakh arrested for praying

A pastor in Kazakhstan has been told he must spend two months in detention awaiting sentencing for charges including praying and singing. (Forum 18)

Iranian pastor arrested

An Iranian pastor was arrested on Tuesday (May 21) in the midst of a church service in central Tehran. Churches in Iran are under increasing pressure to stop all services held in Farsi, reports Mohabat News. Robert Asseriyan, pastor of the Assemblies of God church, was arrested and taken to an . . . Read More

Uzbek woman fined over Bible

An Uzbek woman has been fined and sentenced to one and a half years of corrective labour for the “illegal production, storage, import or distribution of religious literature”. Sharofat Allamova, a Protestant from Urgench in north-western Uzbekistan, has also been banned from leaving the country, is to be placed in . . . Read More

‘Egypt’s challenge’

Two years on from the revolution in Egypt, the country’s media is still wrestling with its newfound ‘freedom of speech’. BBC World Service reporter Shaimaa Khalil says the country is “polarised between the Islamists and the liberals, with little common ground”.

Egyptian church burned

Officially, no cause has been determined for the Sunday fire that caused extensive destruction to the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary in Tema, Egypt. Unofficially, suspicion has fallen upon Muslims who, according to Mideast Christian News, distributed a leaflet in December with this warning: “To the Crusaders of Tema and sons of . . . Read More

Sudan: ‘Christianisation’ a problem

Ammar Saleh, the Chairman of the Islamic Centre for Preaching and Comparative Studies in Khartoum, Sudan, has called “official bodies and the community to take a stand against ‘Christianisation’ and find a long-term solution to the problem”. (Sudan Tribune)

Anniversary of Eritrea crackdown

It’s been 11 years since Eritrea outlawed all Christian churches except those belonging to the Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran denominations. Eritrea is currently ranked 10th on the World Watch List, an annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians are most under pressure for their faith. To mark the date, . . . Read More