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Long-expected sentence

Persecution | China’s imprisoned Pastor Wang Yi had prepared himself for governmental persecution
by June Cheng
Posted 1/02/20, 06:19 pm

After a closed-door trial the day after Christmas, a court in Chengdu, China, on Monday sentenced prominent house church Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church to nine years in prison. His crimes: inciting subversion of state power and operating an illegal business. The sentence comes more than a year after Chinese authorities cracked down on Early Rain Church on Dec. 9, 2018, breaking down the doors of church members’ and leaders’ homes and arresting more than 100 people. 

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Behind the Baghdad embassy attack

International | Iran stirs up trouble in Iraq
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/02/20, 04:15 pm

IRAQ: A top Iranian commander said the country was not planning on war, “but we are not afraid of any war,” after supporters of an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq pulled back from attacking the U.S.

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China sentences Early Rain pastor

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/30/19, 10:36 am

A Chinese court sentenced Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church to nine years in prison after a secret trial last week. The People’s Intermediate Court in the southwestern city of Chengdu convicted him of illegal business operations and inciting to subvert state power, fined him, and confiscated up to $7,160 worth of his personal property.

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