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Barnabas weekly newsletter 01 March 2012

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Iran, Central Asia, Kazakhstan, South and East Asia, Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia, Lao, People's Democratic Republic

Latest international news
Suicide bomber strikes Nigerian church during service; three killed

A suicide bomber forced his way into the grounds of a major Nigerian church, killing three people plus himself during a service on Sunday morning.

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People survey the damage
at the church compound
Image source: Stefanos foundation
Lao pastor jailed for Christian activities set free after nearly 13 years

A pastor has been released from prison in Laos after being locked up for nearly 13 years because of his Christian activities.

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Pray for Pastor Nadarkhani after court reportedly issues execution order

Supporters of Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani fear that he could be executed at any time after a court reportedly issued its final verdict, ordering that he be put to death for apostasy.

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Pastor Nadarkhani has repeatedly refused to renounce his faith
Christian groups among 579 deregistered under new Kazakh religious laws

Hundreds of small religious groups have been stripped of their registration in Kazakhstan as a senior religious affairs official says that their activity is “now banned” under new rules.

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The Kazakh parliament passed a new Religion Law last year
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Sharia law to govern Tunisia under draft constitution

Post-revolution Tunisia is moving in an increasingly Islamist direction with a draft constitution that denotes sharia as “the principal source of legislation”.

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The National Constituent Assembly was elected in October 2011
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