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syriaEighty Christians were killed and thousands more displaced after Islamic militants attacked the strategic Syrian town of Kessab near the Turkish border on March 21, according to Barnabas Aid.

iran-christianDuring a press conference in Geneva this month, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran released his latest report, according to Barnabas Aid.

syriaUsing the Twitter social networking site, Lebanon's March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator warned Christians that backing President Bashar al-Assad would backfire on their own communities, according to NOW news.

syriaInternational Christian Concern has reported that 22 Christians were killed in an assault on a worship service in northeastern Nigeria Sunday morning.

syriaThe World Evangelical Alliance has called for the protection of Syria's Christian population ahead of the upcomingpeace conference in Geneva, according to International Christian Concern.

lebanon-mapA blasphemy allegation may have led to an arson attack on an historic library owned by a church leader in Lebanon this month, according to Barnabas Aid.

israel-map-flag-protestAn immigration judge has ordered the deportation of a Messianic Jew arrested last week while participating in an evangelistic event in Israel, according to Morning Star News.

iran-christianInternational Christian Concern has just learned of the abrupt transfer of American Pastor Saeed Abedini from Iran's Evin Prison to a single cell with five death row inmates in Rajai Shahr Prison.

iran-christianThis month an Iraniancourt in Rasht sentenced four members from the Church of Iran to 80 lashes each.

saudi-arabia-mapThe Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has once again called for the destruction of all churches on the Arabian Peninsula.

iran-christianTwo Christian women were among the nearly 100 political prisoners released from Iranian jails before that nation's newly elected president addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City Tuesday, according to Barnabas Aid.

syriaHomes have been vandalized and plundered while the bodies of Christians lie along the roads of a small Christian village north of Damascus after it was invaded by Islamist insurgents last Thursday.

syriaIn the battle for Syria between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebel jihadist factions, violent contests for the control of small Christian villages are often under-reported by the mainstream media.

iran-christianA convert from Islam has been sentenced to ten years in jail for distributing 12,000 pocket-sized Gospels in the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to BarnabasAid.

syriaLast week's disappearance of an Italian Jesuit priest in Syria suggested foul play following the kidnappings of two other clergy in April, according to Morning Star News.

syriaAccording to the Assyrian International News Agency, Assyrian Christians who have fled from an area of Syria called al-Thawrah (also known as al-Tabqah), have been told by rebels, If you want to come back, convert to Islam, or you will be killed.

iran-christianA Christian convert was tried in July by Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Robat Karim.

iran flagEight Iranian Christians received long sentences Tuesday after being convicted of "action against the national security," a bogus charge often used against Muslim converts to Christianity, according to Morning Star News.

Pastor Robert Asserian, pictured here with Bible, has been released from prison but concerns remain over conditions.The pastor of Iran's largest Persian speaking Pentecostal church has been "conditionally released" from prison but his congregation in the capital Tehran remains closed, Iranian Christians told Worthy News.

syriaAnother massacre reportedly carried out by Free Syrian Army militants has targeted the residents of al-Duwayr/Douar, a Christian village close to the city of Homs and near Syria's border with Lebanon, according to Syria Report.

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