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Barnabas weekly newsletter 08 April 2011

Country/Region: United Kingdom, United States, South and East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Vietnam

Latest international news
Price of freedom for two Iranian Christians: $100,000

Two converts to Christianity have been temporarily freed from prison in Iran after exorbitant bail payments of $50,000 each, amid an ongoing cycle of arrests, detentions and prosecutions of Christians in the country.

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A map showing the location of Iran
Evangelist cleared of disturbing Muslim gathering in Bangladesh

An evangelist who was jailed for causing a disturbance by selling and distributing Christian literature near a major Muslim gathering in Bangladesh has been cleared on appeal.

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Tongi station, during Bishwa Ijtema 2010 (Naquib Hossain) / CC BY-SA 2.0
Vietnam slammed for persecution of hill-tribe Christian minority

The Vietnamese government has been “steadily tightening the screws” on the country’s hill-tribe Christians, imprisoning members, closing churches and forcing believers to renounce their faith publicly, according to a report by a human rights group.

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A scene from a Vietnamese mountainside
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Analysis
US Quran-burning backlash spreads to Afghanistan

The backlash against the burning of a Quran by a pastor in Florida has spread to Afghanistan, increasing the danger for the country's vulnerable Christian community.

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A street scene from Kandahar
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Latest Operation Nehemiah news
Staffordshire schools ban Gideon Bibles

Two schools in England have banned Christians from handing out Bibles.

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Britain is no longer a free society – Bishop Nazir-Ali

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has warned that Britain is no longer a free society where conscience is respected.

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The Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali

News in brief
UK: House of Lords prayers will not be changed

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USA: cinema bans advert that uses Jesus’ name

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UK: cafe owner wins bacon frying appeal

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