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Barnabas weekly newsletter 30 September 2011

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Africa, Australia, Pakistan, South and East Asia, Iran, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Tunisia, Greece

Latest international news
Iranian pastor facing imminent execution after refusing to recant his faith

An Iranian pastor, who was sentenced to death for apostasy from Islam last year, could be executed any day after he repeatedly refused to recant his faith in court this week.

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Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
Innocent children and young people victims of anti-Christian hostility in Pakistan, Iran and India

Three recent outrageous incidents reveal how anti-Christian persecution is inflicting acute suffering on children and young people in various parts of the world.

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Children are often helpless victims of
anti-Christian hostility

Suicide bomber targets Indonesian church; 28 injured

A suicide bombing at a church in Indonesia injured 28 people as they were leaving the building after a service.

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Solo, Central Java,
where the attack took place
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Dillan K
Kazakh Parliament approves restrictive new religion law

Kazakhstan’s Parliament has passed new legislation that will severely restrict freedom of religion in the country.

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All churches in Kazakhstan
will have to re-register
Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
Muslim bid to turn Christian site into a mosque in Tunisia

A group of Muslims attempted to take over a Christian basilica in Tunisia in an ominous sign of the growing threat to the country’s small Church in the wake of the revolution.

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A map showing the location of Tunisia

Latest Operation Nehemiah news
UK: BBC provides alternatives to “offensive” BC and AD

The BBC has been accused of “absurd political correctness” after endorsing the use of alternative calendar terms to BC and AD in case these offend non-Christians.

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BBC Television Centre, London
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Greece gives go-ahead for taxpayer-funded mega-mosque

The Greek government has committed to pay for the construction of a temporary mosque that will be built within the next six months. A larger mosque with enough space for 500 worshippers will be built in the same area by the end of 2012, at an estimated cost of around €16 million ($21 million).

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Greek Parliament House, the Old Royal Palace
CC BY-NC 2.0 / nrares
UK: Police visit Christian cafe owner who displayed Bible verses

A Christian cafe owner in Blackpool, England, received a visit from the police after a customer was offended by Bible passages displayed on a TV screen.

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Australia: School bans Lord’s Prayer after parents’ complaints

A government school in Western Australia (WA) has banned students from reciting the Lord's Prayer before assembly in response to complaints from parents.

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