Police raid Baptist home in Azerbaijan

A Baptist minority in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan continues to face run-ins with police. In the latest, reported by the Baptist World Alliance April 2, charged three Baptists with "illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths."

Evangelical groups protest religion law in Kyrgyz Republic

Evangelical leaders in the Kyrgyz Republic are protesting a new religion law they say significantly restricts religious freedom in the officially secular country.

Wayland researchers team up to provide pure water for Third World

Wayland Baptist University’s School of Math & Sciences is joining forces with the School of Business and Wayland’s Missions Center to put lab work into practical use—providing pure water to people in developing nations.

Russian Baptists denounce smear campaign

Headline reads 'Russian Baptists are for Maslakov!' (RUECB)
Russian Baptists denounced the injection of religion into politics after a bogus newspaper circulated in a mayoral race falsely identified a candidate as a Baptist in an effort to besmirch his character.

Panel says: Confront China about weapons flowing to Sudan

A federal religious freedom watchdog panel is urging President Obama to step up efforts to maintain the fragile peace between northern and southern Sudan.

Baptist, Orthodox leaders hold groundbreaking talks in Europe

European Baptist and Orthodox scholars convened Feb. 8-11 in talks aimed to promote understanding between two Christian groups often at odds over issues like proselytizing and the separation of church and state.

Assyrians appeal for autonomous region in Iraq

A Middle Eastern ethnic umbrella organization has written U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden asking them to push for an autonomous region for Assyrians in Iraq.

Australian Baptists begin response to devastating Victoria bush fires

Australian Baptists were responding Feb. 10 to what has already become the deadliest outbreak of wildfires in the nation’s history.

Canadian courts to test the boundaries between polygamous & same-sex unions

A landmark court case will test whether Canada’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage also justifies the practice of polygamy.

Deadly Zimbabwe cholera outbreak crime against humanity, group says

The cholera outbreak that has killed thousands in Zimbabwe should be considered a crime against humanity and laid at the feet of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, an international doctors’ group said in a new report.


Gaza Baptist church caught in crossfire between Israeli troops, Hamas militants

Fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants has damaged a Baptist church in Gaza.

Religious abuse continues in Iraq, commission says

Iraq should be designated as a “country of particular concern” because its government tolerates the abuse of religious communities, according to the U.S. Commission on Interna-tional Religious Freedom.

Baptist groups send aid to Gaza victims

Baptist World Aid, the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, gave an initial grant of $10,000 for medical treatment of people who have fled the fighting in Gaza.

Baptist groups send aid to Gaza victims

A three-member medical team from Hungarian Baptist Aid is in Egypt, helping both Palestinians and Israelis affected by the current Gaza crisis.

Gaza Baptist Church damaged in air strike

An Israeli air strike at Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip seriously damaged Gaza Baptist Church on New Year's Day.  The Israeli offensive was launched Dec. 27 after a week in which more than 200 rockets struck southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.
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