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India Missionary Facing Trial Over “Forced” Conversions

January 31, 2009

By Joe DeCaro, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent

indianowNEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife) -- A major mission group in India said one of its missionaries was out of jail Saturday, January 31, but cautioned he still awaits trial for allegedly forcing people to convert to Christianity in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

NEWS ALERT: Minsk Church Threatened With Closure; Evangelicals “Fasting”

January 30, 2009

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

prayingMINSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Members of one of Belarus' largest evangelical churches continued a five-day “fasting and prayer” action, Friday, January 30, amid attempts by authorities to seize their place of worship as part of an alleged crackdown on non-Orthodox groups.

MISSION WATCH: Wycliffe Building Airstrips To Rescue Missionaries

January 30, 2009

By Joe DeCaro BosNewsLife Special Correspondent

photo_lg_papuanewguineaORLANDO, FLORIDA (BosNewsLife) -- U.S.-based Bible translation group Wycliffe Associates (WA) is raising funds and providing volunteers to restore and reopen airstrips in Papua New Guinea to evacuate missionaries for medical reasons should the need arise, an official said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Friday, January, 30.

NEWS WATCH: Europe Concerned Over Dependency On Russian Gas

January 29, 2009

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Budapest


nabucco-gas-pepeline-project-gas-supply-sourcesBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Amid a major global financial crisis, Eastern European governments were anxiously awaiting Thursday, January 29, if and when European Union funding will come for the Nabucco pipeline, in hopes of making Europe less dependent on Russian natural gas.


Bangladesh Pastors’ Wife “Raped” By Angry Muslims

January 29, 2009

BANGLADESH-RELIGION-EASTERBosNewsLife Asia Service

DHAKA, BANGLADESH (BosNewsLife)-- The wife of a pastor in Bangladesh was recovering Thursday, January 29, after after she was reportedly gang raped by local Muslims, the latest in a series of violent incidents against the country's embattled Christian minority.

Eritrea Police Raid Church Service; Dozens Detained

January 29, 2009

By BosNewsLife Correspondents Eric Leijenaar with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

presidentASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Eritra have detained dozens of Christians during a church service as part of a major crackdown on Christian worship, shortly after news emerged that at least two believers died this month in a military concentration camp, rights investigators told BosNewsLife Thursday, January 29.

Egypt Christian Convert Receives Death Threats From Judge

January 29, 2009

By BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent Eric Leijenaar

coptbeatenCAIRO/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- A Netherlands based advocacy group expressed concern Thursday, January 29, over a young Christian convert in Egypt after a judge allegedly threatened to kill her for abandoning Islam and trying to flee Egypt because of harassment by family and police.

BREAKING NEWS: Frail Chinese Christian Activist “Near Death”

January 29, 2009

BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

2007-8-30-3931941hua-zai-chengBEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)-- A frail elderly Christian man, known for his work among reportedly persecuted believers, was "near death" Thursday, January 29, but authorities denied him a final meeting with his imprisoned Christian wife, friends told BosNewsLife.

NEWS ALERT: Saudi Arabia Detains Internet Writer For Becoming Christian

January 28, 2009

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

burquaRIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (BosNewsLife) -- A young Internet writer in Saudi Arabia was in life danger Wednesday, January 28, after he was detained by authorities for announcing on his blog that he converted from Islam to Christianity, religious human rights investigators said.

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. House Passes Obama’s Stimulus Package (News Watch)

January 28, 2009

By George Whitten, BosNewsLife Senior International Correspondent

29stimulus_600WASHINGTON D.C., USA (BosNewsLife) -- Confronted by the worst financial crisis in decades, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $819 billion economic stimulus package, the biggest in the country's history.
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