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Pastors in prison and other tragedies

International | Good guys and bad guys made international news this week
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/09/18, 03:39 pm

MYANMAR: A crackdown on Christians in Wa state has landed Chinese missionary pastor John Cao in prison with scant outside intervention—despite a history of successful church and school plantings in Myanmar. Cao, married to an American with two sons attending U.S. colleges, is a Chinese citizen and therefore not eligible for formal U.S. consular services.

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European court upholds blasphemy standard

International | The ruling threatens free expression and aligns with laws in Islamic-led countries
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/26/18, 02:09 pm

EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights upheld lower court decisions that defaming Islam’s Muhammad “could stir up prejudice” and thus exceeds the limits of free expression. The ruling—stemming from a nearly decade-old case in which an Austrian woman was accused of disparaging Muhammad’s marriage to 9-year-old Aisha—in effect sides with blasphemy laws in Islamic-led countries. Download and read the decision and case details.

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Afghanistan’s deadly fight for democracy

International | The United States says Afghan troops can handle the intensified violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/23/18, 03:34 pm

As Afghanistan wraps up a parliamentary vote marred by nearly 200 violent attacks and 50 deaths, U.S. officials insist the country can manage the violence and protect the democratic process.

Last weekend’s vote was the first to take place in war-torn Afghanistan since 2010. Afghan officials deployed about 70,000 police and soldiers to guard polling stations after the Taliban and Islamic State (ISIS) vowed to target voters.

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