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Bae ‘planned regime’s collapse’

Kenneth Bae, the American-Korean Christian sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea, was a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) missionary who preached “the need for North Korea’s immediate collapse”, state media has reported.

Abyei Chief killed in UN ambush

The Paramount Chief of the nine Ngok Dinka tribes around the still-disputed Abyei region (between Sudan and South Sudan) was killed in an ambush of the UN convoy in which he was returning from peace talks about the future of the region on May 4. A UN peacekeeper was also . . . Read More

Malaysians dispute election result

Protestors lined the streets in Malaysia yesterday to rally against perceived vote rigging in Sunday’s election, through which Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition retained power. BN won 133 of the 222 parliamentary seats on Sunday, which represented the coalition’s worst result in its 56-year tenure since independence.

Iranian Christians begin jail terms

An Iranian pastor, his wife and two members of his church have begun one-year prison sentences following unsuccessful appeals. Pastor Farhad Sabok-Rooh and his wife Shahnaz were jailed on May 1 alongside Naser Zamen-Defzuli and Davoud Alij for “converting to Christianity, inviting Muslims to convert, and propagating against the Islamic . . . Read More

Tanzanian church bombed; two dead

Reuters is reporting that Tanzania has arrested four men from Saudi Arabia and four Tanzanians in connection with Sunday’s bombing of a new Catholic church that has claimed two lives so far and injured 60. The attack in Arusha, in a northern and predominantly Christian region of Tanzania, occurred during . . . Read More