- 29th January, 2016856SYRIA:
Earlier today (29 January), another group of 16 Christian hostages was freed by Islamic State militants who had been holding them captive since February 2015.
The latest group of released hostages is comprised mainly of women and children and includes four mothers and their children. As with previous releases, the freed hostages were met by Bishop of Syria Mar Afram Athneil who is Chairman of the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO).
- 15th January, 2016853IRAQ:
Canon Andrew White, known as "the Vicar of Baghdad", has spoken in Dublin about his ministry amongst Iraqi Christian refugees.
- 5th February, 2016857KAZAKHSTAN:
Yklas Kabduakasov has been sentenced to two years in prison labour camp. He was accused of inciting religious hatred after he discussed his faith with a group of students.
- 16th January, 2016854IRAN:
Pastor Saeed Abedini has been released from prison in Iran today as part of a prisoner exchange deal with the USA. Saeed, along with three other prisoners who also hold dual Iranian-US citizenship, are to be flown from Iran to Switzerland on a Swiss plane and then brought to a U.S. military base in Landstuhl, Germany, for medical treatment before flying to the USA.
- 22nd January, 2016855NORTH
The imprisoned Canadian pastor, Hyeun-soo Lim (60), has appeared on television in a tightly-controlled interview with CNN conducted in a hotel in Pyongyang.
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