Pakistan Christian ‘Blasphemy’ Prisoner Appeals For Prayers Ahead Of Appeal Trial

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

woman_pakistan_cell_phoneSAHIWAL, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- A young Christian man who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Pakistan on charges of "blasphemy against Islam" has appealed for prayers, ahead of the first hearing in his appeal case against the ruling. Sajjad Masih Gill, 31, said he spent four years behind bars in Pakistan's Punjab province on what he views as false accusations.

Commission Demands Pakistan Crackdown On Militants After Suicide Blasts

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Correspondent
voaimageLAHORE, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Less than twoweeks after suicide bombers murdered 18 worshippers at two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, the country’s Ecumenical Commission for Human Development has issued its initial report on the atrocity saying it underscores "growing intolerance" towards minority groups.

NEWS WATCH: New Romanian President Sworn-In Amid Challenges

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By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST (BosNewsLife) Romania's Parliament has sworn in the first ethnic German as president of the former Communist nation, at a time when the country remembers the 25th anniversary of a bloody revolution that ended decades of Communist dictatorship. Former mayor Klaus Iohannis promised a different style from the combative outgoing president Traian Basescu

NEWS WATCH: Crimea To Join Russia Following Treaty; Officer Killed

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Orlando production abandoned amid Crimea unrestMOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL (BosNewsLife)-- Russia and Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula have agreed to make Crimea part of Russia, despite Western outrage and threats of more sanctions.  Tuesday's announcement came while pro-Russian forces reportedly attacked a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, killing one officer.

Concerns Over Health Of Iranian Christian Prisoner

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

IRANIRANIRANIRANTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- An Iranian Christian inmate is suffering of serious health problems due to mistreatment in prison, Christians said Saturday, November 16.

US House Calls For Mideast Religious Rights Envoy

By BosNewsLife Americas Service

christiansegyptWASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- A key rights official has "praised" a U.S. House of Representatives resolution for the creation of a special diplomatic envoy for religious freedom in the Middle East.

BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan Militants Attack Pentecostal Church; 1 Killed

By Xavier P. William, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

PAKISTAN_(F)_0502_-_BlasphemyPESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)-- Suspected Islamic militants attacked a Pentecostal church in northwestern Pakistan killing a security guard and shooting at the building before leaving the scene, local officials and Christians told BosNewsLife Saturday, July 6