Detained Iranian Christians Face Tough Court

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iranian Christians urged prayers for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz and fellow believer Amin Nader Afshar who were said to have been summoned to a court hearing on Sunday, May 21, more than two years after they were detained during a Christian celebration at the pastor's home.

Ukraine Christians Mourn Killed Church Workers Amid Crackdown


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

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KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in eastern Ukraine are mourning the death of four local church workers and a pastor who were killed in separate attacks by pro-Russian separatists as part of a wider crackdown on evangelicals in the war torn region, BosNewsLife learned.

Eritrea Turned Into "Giant Prison" As President Celebrates 20th Anniversary


By Joseph DeCaro, International Correspondent BosNewsLife with additional reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

eritrea_wire1ASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)– Human Rights Watch has described it as "a giant prison" and Reporters without Borders calls it "the most repressive nation on earth". The advocacy groups speak about Eritrea where Isaias Afewerki is celebrating his 20th anniversary as president, though the United States described him in a 2009 leaked diplomatic cable as an "unhinged dictator".

'China To Eradicate All House Churches; Dozen Closed In Province'


By Joseph DeCaro, BosNewsLife International Correspondent

china_prayer_450x4501BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– China's Communist government has closed a dozen churches in Hainan Province and threatens to shut down many more as part of a "clandestine plan" to "eradicate" all unregistered house churches, an advocacy group warned Thursday, June 6.

India Police Investigate Murder Of Seminary Rector K.J. Thomas


By BosNewsLife Asia Service

PRIESTKILLEDBANGALORE, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Police in India's southwestern city of Bangalore continued searching Thursday, April 4, for murder suspects after the priest and rector of a major Catholic seminary was found beaten to death.

Eritrea Jails 125 Christians In Campaign Against 'Illegal' Worship


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

eritrea_containers3ASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)-- There was uncertainty Tuesday March 5, about the situation of 125 Eritrean Christians who were "beaten and detained" in western Eritrea as part of a new government campaign against Christians worshiping outside the state-backed churches, rights investigators said.

Christian Maya Don't Believe End Of World Predictions


By BosNewsLife News Center

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MEXICO CITY/MOSCOW (BosNewsLife)-- Christian Maya looked on in wonder Friday, December 21, at the invasion of foreign tourists to ancient cities in southern Mexico and Central America where they expected the world to end based on ancient Maya predictions.