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Barnabas weekly newsletter 10 June 2011

Country/Region: United Kingdom, United States, South and East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Pakistan, Iran, Uganda, Algeria, Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Iraq, China, Egypt, Syria

Latest international news
Brothers crucified by Ouattara forces in Ivory Coast

Two peasant brothers were brutally crucified on “the example of Christ” as forces loyal to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara continue to target perceived supporters of his ousted Christian predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo.

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President Alassane Ouattara
CC BY-NC 2.0 by BBC World Service
Second Iraqi Christian murdered in two weeks

The latest murder adds to the pessimistic view that there is no future.” Senior Iraqi Church leader

The Christian community in Iraq is living in fear following the brutal murder of another believer.

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Funeral of Jacob in St. Aprim Cathedral
Photo: ankawa.com used with permission
Good news for Algerian Church as magistrate offers protection from closure

A senior magistrate has assured Algerian church leaders that no churches in their region will be closed in a welcome turnaround following a threatening closure notice from a police chief.

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Algerian churches have been promised protection from a magistrate
Radical Islamists call for Bible ban in Pakistan

An influential Islamic political party has called for Pakistan’s Supreme Court to ban the Bible describing it as “pornographic”, “blasphemous”, and offensive to Muslims.

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Urdu language Bible

Radical Islam spreading in troubled North Caucasus

A Russian expert on Islam has raised concerns about the spread of Wahhabism, an extreme and puritanical version of Islam, in the North Caucasus, where Christians have come under attack.

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Christian pastor Artur Suleimanov was shot dead in the North Caucasus last July

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Muslim gang jailed for attack on RE teacher

Four Muslim men who brutally attacked a London Religious Education teacher have been jailed for a combined total of 19 years.

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Burdett Road, where the attack happened
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Ireland aims to be home of Islamic finance in Europe

Ireland has launched a bid to become the home of Islamic finance in Europe as it seeks to rebuild its once dominant financial services sector.

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Ireland's Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
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“BBC is anti-Christian”, according to its own survey

A survey conducted by the BBC shows that the Corporation is regarded as anti-Christian, with Christians often portrayed with “derogatory stereotypes” and presented as “weak” and “bigoted”.

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BBC Television Centre, London
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UK universities “complacent” over Islamic extremism - Home Secretary

British Home secretary, Theresa May, has criticised universities for being “complacent” in tackling Islamic extremism and admitted that money from the £63 million anti-extremism budget has been given to groups that promote hardline beliefs.

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Home Secretary Theresa May
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New bill to tackle Sharia Courts and discrimination against Muslim women

Sharia Courts in England and Wales will be committing an offence punishable by a five-year prison sentence if they falsely claim or imply legal jurisdiction over criminal or family law, under a new bill introduced in the House of Lords..

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House of Lords Chamber
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News in brief
USA: New York schools may bar after-hours religious groups

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UK: Barnabas director invited to take part in high-profile debate

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