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Barnabas weekly newsletter 21 July 2011

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Africa, Egypt, Central Asia, Australia, Iran, Nigeria, United States, Iraq, Kazakhstan

Latest international news
Christians at risk as Islamists plan major terrorist campaign in Nigeria

Islamist militant group Boko Haram is stepping up attacks in Northern Nigeria, with churches and Christians among their main targets, ahead of plans to mark the anniversary of their founder’s death at the end of the month in a “big way”.

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Churches have been targeted in
anti-Christian violence over recent months
Death sentence for Iranian pastor convicted of apostasy upheld

Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for a church pastor convicted of apostasy last year – unless he recants his faith.

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Map showing location of Iran

Muslim campaign to convert Christian girls in Egypt exposed

An Egyptian human rights organisation has exposed a highly organised Muslim ring that promotes sexual exploitation and blackmail to force Christian girls to convert to Islam.

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Alexandria, where the
Muslim ring was uncovered
CC BY-NC 3.0 by Henk Goossens
Iraqi Christians defy violence against them by opening new church

Iraqi Christians have made a defiant move against violent attempts to drive them out of their homeland, by opening the first new church in the country since the 2003 US-led invasion.

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Iraqi churches, like this one in Baghdad, have come under frequent attack
Photo: ankawa.com
Pastor in Kazakhstan facing jail for praying for the sick

A pastor in Kazakhstan is facing jail on allegations of harming an individual’s health after he prayed for the healing of a sick man who visited his church.

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Latest Operation Nehemiah news
Islamist group pilots “sharia-controlled zone”

Muslims Against Crusades are targeting the London borough of Waltham Forest to be the first “sharia-controlled zone” as part of a new “Islamic Emirates Project”.

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This message is being distributed in certain Muslim enclaves
Sydney man lashed 40 times under Islamic law

A Sydney man was allegedly whipped up to 40 times for going out for alcoholic drinks with friends in a violent kind of sharia punishment.

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A map showing the location of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia
Australian universities infiltrated by Islamic extremists

Universities in Australia have been targeted by an Islamic extremist group that urges Muslims to reject democracy and promotes violence against Australian troops fighting in Afghanistan

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The Muslim community in Sydney has warned of extremism in universities
© Andreas Vilén
Governor sued for “unconstitutional” participation in prayer rally

Texas Governor Rick Perry is being sued by a national organisation focused on ensuring the separation of Church and state because he plans to participate in a forthcoming Christian prayer rally.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry
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