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Mother’s Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

EAST JAVA, Indonesia (BP) -- Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks beginning Mother's Day that reportedly killed at least 25 people. East Java police told reporters today (May 14) that 13 of the 25 dead were the assailants, according to the Jakarta Post. The newspaper reported that 12 worshippers died in the church attacks. The bombings, the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, also wounded 40 people.

Crackdown on Christians in Nepal hits snag

NEPAL (BP) -- A court in Nepal Tuesday (Dec. 6) acquitted eight Christians accused of attempting to convert children by means of a comic book, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). The seven men and one woman were arrested in Charikot, Dolakha District, in June as part of a crackdown on Christian activities in the fledgling democracy. They were reportedly mistreated in jail before being released on bail for charges that can carry prison terms.

Colombian guerrilla group threatens Christians

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (BP)-- Christians in southern Colombia are living in constant danger from a guerrilla army that has banned worship services in rural areas under its control.