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Sharia court in Niger state backs alleged abduction of 24-year-old woman

By Jeremy Reynalds

Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

JOS, NIGERIA (ANS) — A Muslim leader in central Nigeria has reportedly abducted a pastor’s daughter and forced her to convert to Islam with the backing of a sharia (Islamic law) court. Pastor Raymond Uzoechina of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abuja. (Morning Star News photo) According to a story by Morning Star News, Raymond Uzoechina, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abuja, told the news service by phone that the emir or Muslim leader of the Nupe ethnic group in Bida, Niger state, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, abducted his daughter.

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CAITHNESS, SCOTLAND, UK (ANS) — The continuing incarceration of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother of five who was accused of blasphemy in 2009 does not appear to trouble the majority of Pakistan’s Muslims who unfortunately view her death by hanging as a befitting punishment for the “crime” she denies doing.
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Asia Bibi

The Pakistani government says it is up to the High Court to schedule her appeal hearing, but it appears that the court is delaying, by design, any proceedings in this regard and anti-Asia Bibi sentiment in the country remains as virulent as it was when the blasphemy accusations were first made against the poor farm hand.

Sri Lanka ChurchThis is a story about a church in Sri Lanka, attacked by an angry mob. Take a moment to read their story and to pray for these brothers and sisters. 

Egypt (MNN) ― Egypt‘s new cabinet got to work this week, rolling sleeves up and tackling big problems.

Outside, former President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters were ranting and marching through Cairo protesting against a military-backed cabinet and ouster. Greg Musselman, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs Canada says, “It appears it’s in organized chaos in some ways, but then on the streets, you’re seeing all this violence and the Muslim Brotherhood. They’re certainly making their point being heard, but also using violence to try to get Mohamed Morsi back into office.”

Christian flees country after weeks of threats from authorities

By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (ANS) — A Sudanese Christian has fled the country after authorities in Khartoum threatened to kill him for refusing to provide names of converts from Islam, sources said.
Sudanese authorities left a Presbyterian Church of Sudan building in ruins in January.(Morning Star News photo)
According to a story by Morning Star News, the Christian, a native of Sudan’s Juba Mountains area, left the country last month after officials from the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) forced him to report to their offices nearly every day since raiding his home on Feb. 23

By Elizabeth Kendal
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Special to ASSIST News Service

AUSTRALIA (ANS) — On Wednesday 3 July the Egyptian military ousted the country’s first democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, and placed him under ‘house arrest’. Tanks moved into Cairo, the Parliament was dissolved and the Constitution was suspended. Whilst the military ousted Morsi in pursuit of its own interests, it did so under the cover of anti-Morsi protests, all but guaranteeing that Morsi’s civilian opponents will suffer the reprisals. 

Iranian Christian Convert Tried for Participating in House Church

TEHRAN, IRAN (ANS) — Mostafa Bordbar has been tried for his faith in the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. 

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'Survivors say they woke up to find gunmen pointing their guns at them,' says the BBC

By Dan Wooding, who was born in Nigeria
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

MAMUDO TOWN, YOBE STATE, NIGERIA (ANS) — At least 42 people, many of whom were students, teachers, medical workers and residents, have been killed in a pre-dawn attack by suspected Boko Haram Islamists on a school in northeastern Nigeria, reports say.

In this photo taken with a mobile phone a doctor attends to a student from Government Secondary School in Mamudo, at the Potiskum General Hospital, Nigeria, following an attack by gunmen

According to the BBC, eyewitnesses said some of the victims were burned alive in the attack, in Mamudo town, Yobe state, which is the deadliest attack yet on schools in Nigeria’s embattled northeast.

"Survivors say they woke up to find gunmen pointing their guns at them," says the BBC.
The attack took place on Saturday July 6, 2013, when Islamic militants attacked the boarding school before dawn, dousing a dormitory in fuel and lighting it ablaze as students slept, survivors said.
Dozens of schools, including many run by Christians, have been burned in attacks by Islamists since 2010.
"Yobe is one of three states where President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in May, sending thousands of troops to the area," said the BBC.

Devastation at the school

A reporter from a press agency said he found chaotic scenes at the hospital in nearby Potiskum, where traumatized parents struggled to identify their children among the charred bodies and gunshot victims.

Survivors said suspected militants arrived with containers full of fuel and set fire to the school. Some students were burned alive, others were shot as they tried to flee.
The BBC’s Will Ross, in Lagos, says this area has frequently been attacked by the Boko Haram militant group.
"More than 600 people were believed to have been killed in 2012 by the group, which is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north," added the BBC.
By Nuri Kino

Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria live in camps just inside Turkey. So the April 10 news item from Reuters, announcing the creation of two more camps in Turkish town of Midyat, just beyond Syria’s northeastern border, didn’t seem like much.

But something caught my eye: A camp specifically for Syrian Christians? This was new. Of all the Syrian refugees in Turkey, only a few hundred are Christian. Now they need a camp?

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Leader Kim Jong-Un Sending More Spies into China to Search for Christians Helping Refugees

SANTA ANA, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un allows women to wear pants in public, likes to see Mickey Mouse and his friends perform, and experiments with light agricultural reform, but he hasn’t made any essential changes in the first year after his father Kim Jong-Il’s death.