Middle East

Youcef Nadarkhani — execution order fears

Originally published in INcontext Ministries The American Center for Law and Justice, focusing on constitutional and international law, said today it has received information that Iran may have issued an execution order for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was sentenced to death because he refused to recant his Christian faith. The […]

Jailed Iranian pastor’s health deteriorating

Originally published in Worthy News The health of a jailed pastor of one of Iran’s largest evangelical house church movements is deteriorating and there were fears on Monday he that may die, a well-informed representative told Worthy News. Behnam Irani, who was jailed for what critics view as “trumped up” […]

Congressional resolution condemns Iran, demands Youcef Nadarkhani’s release

Originally published in Christian Post United States Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), with the support of seven members of Congress, introduced a resolution into the US House of Representatives Friday that condemns Iran for continuing to imprison pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and calls for his immediate release. The resolution, called H. Res. […]

Christian convert jailed for 2 years in Iran

Originally published in Worthy Christian News A Christian convert has been sentenced to two years in prison by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Leila Mohammadi received the sentence after spending five months in the infamous Evin prison, according to Mohabat News service. Mohammadi was convicted of “broad anti-Islamic propaganda, deceiving […]

Al Qaida plot to bomb all churches in Ankara unveiled

Originally published in Christian Post An official indictment against 11 alleged al Qaida militants was made public on Friday (December 9) which revealed a plot to bomb “all the churches in Ankara,” as well as the Turkish Parliament and US Embassy in Istanbul. The daily Taraf newspaper reported that al […]

Christain youth killed for wearing cross

Originally published in Worthy News In October of this year, Egyptian news media published stories of an altercation between Muslim and Christian students over a classroom seat at a school in Mallawi, Minya province, which left one student dead. It was being reported as a non-sectarian, that is, non-religiously motivated, […]

Iran presses pastor: Islam or death

By Benjamin Weinthal – originally published in Jerusalem Post Iran’s government and security apparatus have ratcheted up the pressure on Evangelical pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to convert to Islam or face execution, Fox News reported on Saturday. Youcef Nadarkhani, now 34, was arrested in 2009 for questioning the compulsory Islamic education […]