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Protesting propaganda

Persecution | At the UN Human Rights Council, demonstrations as China claims Uighurs enjoy ‘colorful and meaningful’ lives in re-education camps
by June Cheng
Posted 11/09/18, 04:49 pm

As Western countries accuse China of indefinitely detaining 1 million Uighurs in its Xinjiang region, China continues to defend its action as a counterterrorism measure that has been misconstrued for “politically driven” reasons.

“This protects the human rights of the vast majority, while also saving these people,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Tuesday at a review by United Nations Human Rights Council. “It’s another important contribution of China to the global counterterror field.”

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‘A living martyr’

Daniel of the Year | Held in Turkey on charges of espionage and terrorism, facing a life sentence for doing the work of the church, American Pastor Andrew Brunson’s dramatic release was the work of high-powered diplomacy and prevailing prayer
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/09/18, 11:27 am


The sun competes with autumn leaves for dazzle on a late October morning in Black Mountain, N.C. Orange and black streamers line fences ready for Halloween, and an oversized spider looms black and quasi-menacing over a collection of pumpkins and hay bales in the town square.

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Out of prison, Asia Bibi in grave danger

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/08/18, 10:26 am

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday released Asia Bibi, the Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy, from detention but she remains stranded in the country as hard-line Islamists demand of her death. The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned her 2010 death sentence on Oct. 31, saying prosecutors failed to prove she violated the country’s blasphemy law.

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