NEWS ALERT: Religious Clashes Kill 11 In Nigeria; Thousands Displaced

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

nigeria_pastorsule_house1BAUCHI, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of people remained displaced Wednesday, February 25, by religious clashes in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi which left at least 11 people dead and 100 hospitalized, Christian rights investigators and police said.

Egypt Christians In Jail For Violating Ramadan

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BosNewsLife Middle East Service egypt1CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Six Christian brothers who refused to close their cafe during the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, were behind bars in Egypt Saturday, February 21, after they were sentenced to three years in prison with hard labor, a rights group confirmed.

Egyptian Christian Mother To Appeal Custody Decision

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BosNewsLife Middle East Service mario_andrew1CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- The Christian mother of two 14-year-old twins Andrew and Mario Medhat was preparing legal action Saturday, February 21, after receiving the right to challenge a custody decision awarding her sons to their Muslim father.

Egypt Releases Christian Rights Activist

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BosNewsLife Middle East Service 12egypta190CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- A Christian human rights activist and Internet writer spent his first weekend in freedom Saturday, February 14, after he was suddenly released by Egyptian security forces.

NEWS WATCH: Somalia Pirates Release Ukrainian Ship

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Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife at BosNewsLife News Center ap_ukraine_faina_ransom210_BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine says a cargo ship laden with weapons, which was held by pirates off the coast of Somalia since September, has been freed, BosNewsLife monitored Friday, February 6.

Eritrea Police Raid Church Service; Dozens Detained

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By BosNewsLife Correspondents Eric Leijenaar with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos presidentASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Eritra have detained dozens of Christians during a church service as part of a major crackdown on Christian worship, shortly after news emerged that at least two believers died this month in a military concentration camp, rights investigators told BosNewsLife Thursday, January 29.

Egypt Christian Convert Receives Death Threats From Judge

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By BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent Eric Leijenaar coptbeatenCAIRO/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- A Netherlands based advocacy group expressed concern Thursday, January 29, over a young Christian convert in Egypt after a judge allegedly threatened to kill her for abandoning Islam and trying to flee Egypt because of harassment by family and police.

NEWS ALERT: Eritrea Christians Die In Prison Camp, Nearly 3,000 Detained

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By BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent Eric Leijenaar and BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos eritrea_pastorASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)-- At least two detained Christians have died this month in Eritrea after a "long period of torture" in a notorious military prison camp, while the number of Christians jailed in the African nation because of their faith approaches 3,000, a well-informed Christian rights group said Wednesday, January 21.

Egypt Convert Wins Rare Victory; Other Waits

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service 641671230_50336de59cCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife) -- An Egyptian convert to Christianity was looking forward Monday, January 18, to be recognized as a Christian by the state, after spending 31 years officially identified as a Muslim, but another convert was so far refused such an opportunity Christians said.

Detained British Missionary Couple Plea For Clemency

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By Mary Priddy, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent _45274362__45269874_-153-150x1501BANJUL, THE GAMBIA (BosNewsLife) -- A British missionary couple sentenced to one year jail terms with hard labor for "sedition" in The Gambia, has "apologized" to the government of President Yahya Jammeh and asked him for clemency through a letter read on national television.