Former Jailed Widow Evangelist Dies In India


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

VaniNEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- A young widow who was jailed in India for her evangelistic activities has died of a heart attack, BosNewsLife learned Friday, March 27. Vani, 31, was reportedly detained early last year on what her supporters viewed as trumped up charges of "kidnapping a teenage girl" and "forcing" her to convert to Christianity.

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".

Iran Pastor Irani Facing Death Penalty; Health Deteriorating


Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Behnam IraniTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani, who may face the death penalty for "apostasy", is facing serious health problems after two years imprisonment, a close friend has told BosNewsLife. "After two years in jail he suffers terrible complications, including intestinal problems and rheumatism," confirmed Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the 'Church of Iran' movement to which the pastor belongs.

NEWS WATCH: North Korea Starts Nuclear Sites With Christians Trapped In Prison Camps

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos at BosNewsLife News Center
kimPYONGYANG/MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- North Korea's autocratic leader has announced the restart of all nuclear facilities for both military use and electricity, adding to concerns about hundreds of thousands of inmates, including many Christians, who remain trapped in prison camps.

NEWS WATCH: Czech President Facing Treason Charges Over Amnesty

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife


czechpresidentnowBUDAPEST/PRAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- There is a political crisis  in the Czech Republic where conservative President Vaclav Klaus facing high treason charges over his controversial decision to release thousands of prison inmates and others.

BREAKING NEWS: Detained, Beaten, Iranian Pastor Irani Hospitalized


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- There was mounting concern Tuesday, July 17, about the health situation of jailed and mistreated Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani after he became unconscious and was hospitalized, an official assisting him with advocacy said.

 

Saudi Arabia Pressured To Release Ethiopian Christians


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (BosNewsLife)-- Some 35 Ethiopian Christians detained during a prayer meeting remained behind bars in Saudi Arabia Saturday, February 11, despite mounting international pressure on the Islamic nation to release them after nearly two months of imprisonment.