American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey Faces New Charges

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Andrew Brunson, the American pastor who has been imprisoned in Turkey for nearly a year on dubious terrorism charges, is now facing new charges: 'gathering state secrets for espionage, attempting to overthrow the Turkish parliament and government, and to change the constitutional order.'

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Attack on Church Building in Samsun, Turkey

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Four Muslim men detained by police for attacking a church building in the Black Sea region of Turkey last week shouted jihadist slogans after they were released from custody.

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Turkey: Court rules gov't failed to protect Christians

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The Malatya Administrative Court ruled last week that the Turkish government was negligent in its duty to protect three Christians who were tortured and killed in 2007 and ordered it to pay one million lira ($333,980) in compensation for their families.

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Turkish textbooks encourage intolerance

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Theoretically, Turkey allows non-Muslims to be exempted from compulsory religious education if their religion is on record with the state. But parents have complained that some schools have refused to allow their children to be exempted.

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Armenian Turks Convert back to Christianity

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Twelve Armenians who were baptized last month in Istanbul were among the many former Muslims who are now openly embracing Christ after their ancestors were forced to follow Islam during the Armenian and Assyrian genocides that killed millions of Christians one century ago.

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Turkey: Arson Attack at Bible Correspondence School

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An electrical fire in Istanbul's Bible Correspondence School on Dec. 7 is thought to have been from an arson attack after security cameras caught a man leaving the building just after the fire started, according to Barnabas Aid.

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Turkey: Land Grab Threatens Return of Minorities

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A lawyer in Diyarbakir estimated that land grabs have targeted thousands of Christians and Yazidis in southeastern Turkey, according to Al-Monitor.

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Turkey: Church Website Blocked as 'Porn'

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A Turkish legislator is demanding an investigation into why the website of a Turkish church was classified as pornography and blocked online from Turkey's Grand National Assembly, according to Morning Star News.

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