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Globe Trot: Turkey detains American Christian couple

International | NATO member holds a pastor and his wife in defiance of international law
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/14/16, 04:34 pm

TURKEY: In the shadow of a key U.S. military base crucial to the fight against ISIS, Turkish authorities have detained American Christians Andrew and Norine Brunson for a week now—refusing to allow access to them by U.S. consular officials and lawyers, as required by international law. Turkey, remember, is a NATO member.

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Immigrants are meeting God in Thai jails

Immigration | Christians seeking refuge in Bangkok find opportunities to share their faith with fellow detainees
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/29/16, 07:38 am

BANGKOK—Arbab’s bright, young face immediately stood out among the row of solemn detainees in bright orange shirts sitting in the small visiting room of Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Center (IDC). The 21-year-old Pakistani refugee wore a bright smile and waved at me with such delight that nobody would have guessed he’d been stuck in IDC for more than six months with no hope of bail. His hair and beard had grown long, so he frequently shook back dark locks from his eyes as he peered at me through two portable chain-link fences about four feet apart.

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Life in the shadows

Persecution | Radical Islam has forced thousands of Pakistani Christians to flee to Thailand, a place of hidden refuge but also one of little hope or opportunity
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/22/16, 01:00 am

BANGKOK—Peter (using his full name would place his family in jeopardy) was the only Christian to own a barbershop in Sargodha, Pakistan. His shop streamed with customers all day long, mainly rich and powerful Muslim lawyers, colonels, and officials. He worked hard from dawn to nightfall, often skipping church and even Christmas and Easter in order to support his aging parents, ailing wife, and newborn son.

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