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Religious freedom in Egypt unsteady despite Pence visit

International | The U.S. policy on Jerusalem angered Egyptian religious leaders
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/30/18, 02:49 pm

U.S Vice President Mike Pence urged Egypt to remain committed to promoting religious freedom during his four-day Middle East tour last week. But religious freedom advocates say the trip could have little effect on the treatment of Chrisitans in the country.

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Overlap on persecution lists reveals danger for Christians

Persecution | The Open Doors annual watch list includes all of the U.S. State Department’s 10 countries of concern
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 1/23/18, 03:26 pm

The week after the U.S. State Department redesignated 10 nations as countries of particular concern (CPCs) over “systemic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations,” the Christian group Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List of the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians.

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Malaysia charges two teens in Islamic school fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/28/17, 11:20 am

Malaysia has charged two Muslim teenagers with murder for igniting a fire at an Islamic school earlier this month that killed 21 students and three teachers. Police arrested the two boys and five other teenage suspects in connection to the Sept. 14 fire that gutted a dormitory at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school. Police believe the suspects used cooking gas canisters and petrol to set the dormitory on fire after some of the students living there teased them. The blaze blocked the dormitory’s only exit, trapping the students.

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