Iran Releases Member Of Large Evangelical Denomination; Others Detained


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

christiansIranTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)— A member of one of Iran’s largest evangelical house church movements has been released from prison, 14 months earlier than expected, but many other believers remain behind bars, Iranian and other activists told BosNewsLife.

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Mob Attack Churches, Homes In Lahore (Update)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos and Xavier P. Williams reporting from Pakistan
pakistanchurchLAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife) Several people were injured when anti-Christian mob violence broke out again in the Pakistani city of Lahore, the scene of suicide bombings against two churches in March that killed 17 worshippers. Christians in the area told BosNewsLife that angry Muslims, some armed, opened fire, ransacked churches, destroyed homes and attacked residents. Many Christians were reportedly fleeing the area.

Pentecostal Pastor Remains Detained In Iran


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

christiansIranTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A frail Iranian pastor detained during a Christmas celebration in his Tehran home and a fellow Christian remained behind bars Monday, February 2, amid a wider crackdown on evangelical believers, Christians said.

NEWS WATCH: Kyrgyzstan Imposes State of Emergency After Gold Mine Riots

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
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BARSKOON/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The government of Kyrgyzstan has imposed a state of emergency on a northern district to  protect one of the world's highest goldmines from protesters after clashes with police injured dozens of people.

BosNewsLife’s Week in Review: Triumphs Amid Trials As Churches Grow Despite ‘Holy War’


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Triumphs amid trials marked BosNewsLife's November 4-November 10 newsweek with a Pakistani evangelist managing to distribute Bibles in areas hit by reported Islamic violence, the Middle East's largest Christian community embracing a new leader, while in Africa Christians died in attacks.

Egypt Christians’ New Pope Facing Violence, Persecution


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Human rights activists have welcomed news that Bishop Tawadros was chosen as the new leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians amid concerns about Islamic leaders and, sometimes deadly, attacks against churches in the largest Arab nation.

Suspects Of Peru Massacre Facing Trial


By BosNewsLife Americas Service

LIMA, PERU (BosNewsLife)-- Religious rights activists on Thursday, August 30, welcomed a Peruvian court decision to put put four military officers on trial on charges of "crimes against humanity" for a 1984 massacre, which claimed the lives of 123 villagers, most of them Christians.