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China Court Case Against Officials Banning Worship Services

December 31, 2008

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

china24BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- In a unprecedented move, a Chinese court has agreed to hear a case filed by a pastor against government officials who prohibited worship services in his house church, observers familiar with the trial said Wednesday, December 31.

NEWS ALERT: Taliban Imposes Islamic Law In Pakistan Region (BosNewsLife Exclusive)

December 30, 2008

By Jawad Mazhar, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

09pakistan-600HANGGU, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians and other non-Muslims faced potential persecution Tuesday, December 30, as militants linked to Taliban and Al-Qaeda groups imposed Shariah, or Islamic law, in the Orakzai Agency tribal region of the restive Pakistani North West Frontier Province (NWFP), officials told BosNewsLife.

BREAKING NEWS: Israeli Airstrikes Kill Over 300 In Gaza; Christians In Crossfire

December 29, 2008

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ap_gaza_israelwarplanes_29dJERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife)-- The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned on Monday, December 29, ongoing Israeli airstrikes against the militant Islamist group Hamas and its infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, which reportedly killed over 300 Palestinians, injured up to 1,000, and put the territory's Christian minority in the crossfire.

China Christian Workers And Survivors Missing In Earthquake Zone

December 28, 2008

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

q06_17024871BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Several Christian volunteers and survivors of China's worst earthquake in a generation remained missing Sunday, December 28, after Christmas Eve police raids on homes under construction in the devastated Sichuan province amid anger among authorities over the involvement of churches in relief efforts, an advocacy group said.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Christians In Crossfire As Israel Strikes Kill 205 (Developing Story)

December 27, 2008

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting from the region

ap_gaza_attack_190_engBETHLEHEM/JERUSALEM (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians in Gaza and the West Bank faced a dark night Saturday, December 27, as Israeli air strikes against suspected Hamas militants killed hunderds of Palestinians, and Christmas lights were shut off around Bethlehem, which Christians consider Jesus' birthplace, to protest Israel's actions.

BREAKING NEWS: Cuba Prominent Church Leader On Trial

December 27, 2008

By BosNewsLife News Center

fidel-castroHAVANA, CUBA (BosNewsLife)-- A prominent evangelical church leader in Cuba will be put on trial next week and is facing a one-year prison sentence as part of what his supporters call "a government campaign to silence and discredit him," because of his refusal to work with the state-backed church organization, a Christian advocacy group confirmed Saturday, December 27.

Pakistan Blast Kills Christian Woman, Injures Several Others

December 26, 2008

By Jawad Mazhar, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

khan20081226125955593LAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Christian government workers were among those recovering from injuries Friday, December 26, after a mini truck laden with explosives detonated near their homes in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city, killing one Christian woman and injuring up to six people, officials and local residents said.

China Launches Christmas Crackdown On Christian Worship

December 25, 2008

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

ch_church_img_0688_lgBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in several parts of China were behind bars on Christmas Day after a police crackdown on worship services and Bible study, a Christian advocacy group said Thursday, December 25.

Pakistan Christians Celebrate Christmas Amid Tight Security, Darkness

December 24, 2008

By Jawad Mazhar, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

tnSARGODHA, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in Pakistan celebrated Christmas Eve amid tight security late Wednesday, December 24, amid fears Islamic militants may try to attack churches and other Christian institutions.

Tajikistan Churches Facing Closure In New Year

December 23, 2008

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest

_41182645_rahmonov_ap2DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A major Christian rights group warned Tuesday, December 23, that many churches in the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan in 2009, if a new draft law requiring them to re-register under restrictive conditions is adopted by parliament.
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