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Barnabas weekly newsletter 22 March 2012

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, South and East Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Vietnam

Latest international news
Saudi’s grand mufti calls for destruction of all churches in Arabian Peninsula

One of Islam’s most influential spiritual leaders has called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula, sparking alarm for the region’s vulnerable Christian minority.

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A church in Kuwait
Bashar Al-Ba'noon / CC BY-SA 2.0
Church leader beaten unconscious by hired thugs in Vietnam

A church leader in Vietnam was beaten unconscious with iron bars by a gang of thugs believed to have been hired by the authorities.

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The attack took place in Kon Tum province in the central highlands
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Violetbonmua
Another Christian mother charged with blasphemy in Pakistan

A young Christian mother has been charged with blasphemy in Pakistan after she refused to convert to Islam at the insistence of some of her relatives.

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A map showing the location of Pakistan
Security concerns and hardship drive Christians out of northern Iraq

Iraqi Christians are running out of havens in their homeland as rising security concerns and economic hardship cause them to leave the places of refuge they had found in the country’s Kurdish north.

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Christian-owned shops in Kurdistan
were torched by Islamists
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons

Operation Nehemiah: Latest news from the press
Ken Livingstone: “I will make London a beacon of Islam”

Ken Livingstone, Labour’s candidate for mayor of London, has pledged to “educate the mass of Londoners” in Islam in a speech at one of the capital’s most controversial mosques.

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“Honour” violence is acceptable, say one in five young British Asians

A large number of young British Asians support violence against women who “dishonour” their families, according to a BBC Panorama investigation.

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Controversy over halal meat in Quebec, Canada

Quebecers are concerned that halal meat is increasingly being sold to consumers without their knowledge as it is claimed that religious slaughter “has become the rule”.

Read The Toronto Star article


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