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U.S. takes backseat in offering Asia Bibi asylum

International | Rumors swirl of pending release of the Christian mother acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/14/18, 10:34 am

PAKISTAN: A U.S. official involved in religious freedom issues told me Tuesday he was “not sure” whether the United States was making any efforts to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian mother exonerated of blasphemy charges two weeks ago by Pakistan’s Supreme Court but prohibited from leaving the country. Three British imams joined calls for the UK to offer asylum, as rumors swirl this week of her impending release.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ludivine Laniepce (file)

Suspected extremists kidnap priest in Niger

International | Al-Qaeda and ISIS increasingly terrorize the region
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/25/18, 05:19 pm

Extremists likely carried out last week’s kidnapping of an Italian priest from southern Niger, state and religious officials confirmed. The kidnapping is the latest in a growing number of extremism-fueled attacks in the western part of the country.

The Rev. Pierluigi Maccalli was kidnapped on Sept. 17 from the parish house in the village of Bomanga, near the Burkina Faso border, government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahmane confirmed.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ebrahim Noroozi

ISIS isn’t done

International | The terror group claims Saturday’s deadly attack on a military parade in Iran
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/24/18, 02:59 pm

IRAN: Mourners amassed Monday morning in Ahvaz for the funeral procession following a weekend terror attack on a military parade that killed at least 29 people and wounded 70—the deadliest attack in Iran in a decade. Iran blamed the United States for the attack, while a splinter group associated with ISIS claimed responsibility.

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