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Barnabas weekly newsletter 23 February 2012

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Turkmenistan, Iran, Central Asia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, South and East Asia, Africa

Latest international news
Joy as pastor is released from labour camp in Turkmenistan prisoner amnesty

A pastor of an unregistered church in Turkmenistan has been unexpectedly set free from a labour camp in an amnesty of prisoners.

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Ilmurad Nurliev was given a four-year sentence in October 2010
Order to evict Christian families from Egyptian village overturned

A parliamentary commission has overturned the ruling of a Muslim-led tribunal that ordered the eviction of eight Christian families from an Egyptian village.

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The announcement was made at a public meeting in Alexandria
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Churches ordered to stop holding services in Iranian national language

The last two registered Tehran churches to hold services in Farsi on Fridays have been ordered to stop doing so in an apparent bid to prevent Muslims from hearing the Gospel in their own language.

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Iranian Christians at worship
Christian student denied extra marks awarded to Muslims in Pakistan

A Christian student missed out on a place at state medical school under the discriminatory system in Pakistan that awards an extra 20 marks to Muslims who have memorised the Quran.

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Haroon Arif’s hopes of training to become a doctor have been shattered
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Churches raided, leaders fined and Christian literature seized in Kazakhstan

Churches are being raided, leaders fined and Christian literature confiscated as the Kazakh authorities enforce new laws intended further to restrict religious freedom in the country.

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Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the new laws in October 2011
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Have you started praying for the persecuted Church using Barnabas Fund’s Lent prayer booklet?

Barnabas Fund’s booklet featuring country-by-country information to help you pray for the persecuted Church every day in the run-up to Easter is available to download here.

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