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Barnabas weekly newsletter 29 March 2012

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, South and East Asia, Europe, Syria, Myanmar, Burma, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, United Kingdom, France

Latest international news
Growing Islamist influence in Syrian uprising; Christians vulnerable

The uprising in Syria is taking on an increasingly Islamist character as al-Qaeda militants infiltrate the country, rebel bands declare “jihad” and the Muslim Brotherhood gains political strength.

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The year-long uprising in Syria
is becoming increasingly militant
CC BY 2.0 / syriana2011
Christian ethnic groups harassed and abused by Burmese army

A conference of over 1,000 Chin Christians was disrupted by Burmese soldiers, while a brutal military offensive against another predominantly Christian ethnic group continues.

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Ethnic minority Christians are often targeted by the Burmese military
Iranian church threatened with bombing if it continues Farsi services

Another church in Tehran has been ordered to stop holding services in the Iranian national language on Fridays, and has been threatened with a bomb attack if it does not comply.

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Established churches in Tehran
are being targeted by the authorities
raeabileah / CC BY 2.0
Turkey named as one of world’s worst religious freedom violators

Turkey has been named as one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, along with countries such as Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

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Turkey is overwhelmingly Muslim
CC BY-NC 2.0 / Vince Millett
Bombed Iraqi church reopens but anti-Christian attacks continue

Beleaguered Iraqi Christians gathered for “a moment of real celebration” as a church that was bombed over six years ago was officially reopened.

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Churches in Iraq are frequently
targeted by bombers

Operation Nehemiah: Latest news from the press
Derby “mega-mosque” gets go ahead against planning advice

A mosque that could hold 600 people and dominate the skyline with a minaret towering 21 metres will go ahead in Derby, England, after the city council rejected planning advice.

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France to ban radical Muslim preachers in extremist crackdown

President Sarkozy has vowed to block radical imams from attending an Islamic conference in France next month as part of a crackdown after shootings by an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman.

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BBC won’t screen controversial play about Islamic threat to freedom of speech

Director-general Mark Thompson says the BBC will not screen the National Theatre’s play about Islam’s threat to freedom of speech.

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