NEWS ALERT: Christian Girls Missing In Orissa After Deadly Violence

BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA (BosNewsLife)-- A tense calm returned to India's troubled eastern state of Orissa Monday, December 31, as security forces stepped up patrols in the state's Kandhamal district after a week of attacks against Christian institutions left up to nine Christians dead and at least seven Christian girls missing, church and government officials said.

India Christian Leaders Condemn Government Probe Into Deadly Violence (BosNewsLife In-Depth)

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christian leaders in India’s tense eastern state of Orissa said Saturday, December 29, they are skeptical about a local government-ordered judicial inquiry into Hindu-led violence that rocked Kandhamal district this week, killing some nine Christians and damaging over 50 churches and other buildings.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan’s Ex-Premier Bhutto Assassinated; Christians Concerned (UPDATE)

(ADDS REACTIONS WORLD LEADERS)RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Pakistan’s former prime minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who was backed by several Christian political activists seeking more religious and political freedoms, was assassinated Thursday, December 27, in a major attack that also killed at least 20 others, officials and witnesses said.