BREAKING NEWS: Iran To Release Pastor Fathi From Prison; Concerns Remain

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

Farshid Fathi MalayeriTEHRAN/VIENNA (BosNewsLife)- A jailed Iranian evangelical pastor has been told he will be released two years earlier than expected after international pressure, though fellow Christians expressed doubts whether Iran would keep the promise when wrapping up talks on a nuclear deal with the United States and other powers, BosNewsLife learned.

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 ALERT: Laos Releases House Church Christians, But Pastor Detained

By BosNewsLife Asia Service


VIENTIANE, LAOS (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in southern Laos released six Christians who were detained after attending a house church service, but the pastor remained behind bars Tuesday, October 7, and faces torture, an advocacy official said.

BREAKING NEWS: Iran Intelligence Authority Summons Evangelical Pastor Amid Crackdown (Update)

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

iranundergroundchurchcpTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iran's feared Ministry of Intelligence and National Security (VEVAK) has summoned the pastor of an evangelical congregation amid a wider crackdown on devoted Christians in the strict Islamic nation, a well-informed source told BosNewsLife Monday, June 9.

BREAKING NEWS: Injured Iran Pastor Forgives Prison Guards For Beating

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

fathiTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- A jailed evangelical pastor in Iran says he has forgiven the prison guards who mistreated him and nearly 30 other inmates.

BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine Parliament Ousts President, Releasing Tymoshenko

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

presidentoustedKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)--Ukraine's parliament has voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych after the leader said he would not step down and described events in Kiev as a coup. Legislators also agreed to release opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Egypt Christians Remain Missing After Kidnappings

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

churchegyptCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- At least seven Egyptian Christians, including minors,  remain missing in southern Egypt after they were reportedly abducted from troubled Minya province.
The abductions, thought to be carried out by members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, are among hundreds of similar cases in the last few years, right activists said.