China Bans Church, Christians Detained

Two members of the Laojie Christian Church in the village of Sangdong in China’s Henan province have been detained, just days after authorities officially banned their church for a second time, Worthy News learned Tuesday, August 18.
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Cuban Pastor’s Wife Receives High Fine For “Disturbing Order”
A pastor’s wife who lost her baby after a neighbour attacked her on the street, is being fined the equivalent of over two months salary on charges of “disturbing the public order” on that day, Christian trial observers said Friday, August 21.
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Indian Christians Pray And Fast A Year After Orissa Massacre
Indian Christians and churches prepared to fast and pray this weekend for peace, a year after anti-Christian violence killed over 100 people in India’s troubled state of Orissa and left tens of thousands displaced.
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2,000 Evicted Pakistani Christians Fear Death And Infection, aid workers say
Some 2,000 Christians in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, many of whom were evicted from their homes, face the prospect of “dying from dehydration, infection or the cumulative effects of poverty” Christian aid workers told Worthy News Thursday, August 20.
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Pakistan captures spokesman for Baitullah Mehsud

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Security forces captured the Pakistani Taliban’s top spokesman in an operation near the Afghan border, a government official said Tuesday, dealing another blow to the militants following the reported killing of their leader earlier this month….
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Bomb attack kills 7 in Kabul; UN workers wounded
KABUL (AP) — A suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy Tuesday on the outskirts of Kabul, killing at least seven civilians and wounding 50 people, including several international troops, officials said. A U.N. spokesman said three U.N. staff were also wounded….
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Russia arrests 8 suspects in Arctic Sea hijacking
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s navy arrested eight men accused of hijacking the Arctic Sea freighter near Sweden and forcing the crew to sail to West Africa, the defense minister said Tuesday….
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