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Leaders urge Christians to defend selves after militants kill 70

BENUE, Nigeria (BP) – Leaders in Benue, Nigeria, are seeking to give Christian farmers AK-47s for self-defense after suspected militant herdsmen killed at least 70 Christians in several days of attacks there.

Indonesia, Malaysia major blasphemy prosecutors in southeast Asia

WASHINGTON (BP) – Christian convert Muhammad Kace, serving a 10-year prison term in Indonesia for blasphemy, was convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in hundreds of YouTube videos after his conversion in 2014.

Nigeria should be on CPC list, ERLC and others say

WASHINGTON (BP) – Nigeria should be restored to the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, a coalition that includes a Southern Baptist Convention entity has told Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Forgiveness ‘through tears’: widow of Christian slain in Libya shares struggle

BENGHAZI, Libya (BP) -- Ronnie and Anita Smith had the blessing of Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, when they embarked on a mission to spread agape love in Benghazi amid rising terrorism from Islamic extremists.

ERLC applauds finding of forced labor by China

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission welcomed a new report to the United Nations that determined China has been practicing forced labor among ethnic minorities.

SBC DIGEST: Lambert to have another brain surgery; Nigerian Baptist leader asks for help

Heath Lambert scheduled for third brain surgery; Nigerian Baptist leader asks for American help to end persecution in his country.

Christians in Mozambique under growing Islamic attack

CABO DELGADO, Mozambique (BP) -- Islamic insurgents have increasingly attacked northern Mozambique as Christianity increases there, the international evangelistic ministry Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) said in its latest special report.

At least 48 Christians killed in extremist attacks in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria (BP) – She was a community matriarch and grandmother to many. But Mama File died in a fire set by militant Islamic extremists in a series of attacks killing at least 48 Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.

Nigeria remains deadliest nation for Christians

NORTHEAST NIGERIA(BP) – Watching Boko Haram behead her Christian father and leave her brother for dead in their Nigerian village has strengthened the faith of Manga, who practices Christianity in the deadliest nation for believers.

‘Living inside the cage’: Afghanistan tops Christian persecution list

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The Christian refugee hopped on one of the last flights out of Afghanistan to save his life and family. Since the Taliban regained rule there, Christians are hunted down and killed.