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Barnabas weekly newsletter 17 May 2011

Country/Region: United Kingdom, United States, South and East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Pakistan, China, Iran, India

Latest international news
Chinese house churches petition parliament for religious freedom

Pastors from unregistered churches ("house churches") in China have lodged an unprecedented petition with the Chinese parliament, calling for religious freedom and a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict involving one of Beijing's largest house churches.

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The Great Hall of the People
is the seat of the Chinese parliament
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Gabriele Quaglia
Three Christians freed from Iranian jail; pastor held

Three Christians have been released from prison in Iran after 239 days behind bars, but a pastor who was arrested with them remains in detention.

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Sonia is now free but her husband, Pastor Vahik, remains in prison
Son shot in face after pastor threatened by Islamists in Pakistan

The son of a Pakistani pastor, who has received death threats from an Islamist organisation that is trying to stop his Christian activities, was severely injured in a drive-by shooting.

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Pastor’s son Sarfraz Ashraf
was shot in the face and hip
Obama fails to take action against persecution of Christians

US President Barack Obama has failed to designate a single "country of particular concern" for religious freedom violations since he took office, despite the brutal persecution of Christians around the world.

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President Barack Obama in the Oval Office
By Pete Souza / CC BY 3.0
Justice still eludes Christian victims of Orissa violence

Nearly three years after the vicious attacks by Hindu radicals in Orissa left dozens of Christians dead and thousands injured, there has been just one conviction for murder, with thousands of complaints disregarded by the authorities.

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Christian villages in Kandhamal were destroyed by Hindu extremists

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Police pay “extremist” to teach about engaging with Muslims

An MP has accused the Metropolitan Police of "gross incompetence" after it emerged that a suspected terrorist sympathiser has been teaching police officers about how to combat terrorism.

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Islamic extremists foiled in plot to radicalise undercover police

Four "jihadist Muslims" tried to recruit undercover Manchester policemen to "fight, kill and die" in Afghanistan, Manchester Crown Court heard.

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Manchester Crown Court
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British Muslim scholar praises bin Laden and blames US for 9/11

A counter-terrorism expert in London has paid tribute to Osama bin Laden and blamed the US for the 9/11 attacks.

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Osama bin Laden's compound
Sajjad Ali Qureshi CC BY-SA 2.0

News in brief
Leading Muslim debater renounces Islam

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New BBC chairman: atheists are "intolerant" of religion

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