Pakistani Christian Teen Imprisoned Over Allegedly Burning Pages of Quran

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A 16-year-old Christian in Pakistan has been arrested and imprisoned for allegedly burning pages of the Quran, the Islamic holy book, and could potentially face the death penalty under the country’s strict blasphemy laws.

Al Jazeera reported on Sunday that police in Jam Kayk Chattha village in central Punjab province arrested Asif Stephen on the night of August 12 on blasphemy charges.

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Al-Shabaab Beheads 3 Christians, Burns Alive Another in Kenya

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Al-Shabaab fighters reportedly killed four Christian men in Kenya’s Lamu County last week, beheading three and burning alive another.

“Late in the night on August 17, al-Shabaab militants entered Maleli village of Witu and killed the four men; three were hacked to death with machetes and one was burned inside his home,” International Christian Concern reported on Monday.

“The four men who were killed are Stephen Hizano Ponda, Charo Karisa Ngoa, Naphtali Katana Kadenge, and Joseph Gasena Ngoa.”

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US and UK failing to support Iraqi Christians, MPs warn

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The US and UK governments are failing to support Iraqi Christians, leaving them vulnerable to be squeezed out of their homes, MPs have said.

Iraqi Christians who fled after their homes were overridden by ISIS are at risk of being pushed out the Middle East altogether by a combination of Shia and Sunni forces moving in, they warn.

In a letter to the British development secretary Priti Patel, several MPs alongside charity heads and religious freedom campaigners say unless funding is immediately provided to rebuild Christian villages and homes on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, ‘most Iraqi Christians who escaped ISIS to Kurdistan are likely to leave Iraq permanently’.

Signed by the Catholic peer Lord Alton as well as Labour’s faith envoy Stephen Timms and Second Church Estates Commissioner Dame Caroline Spelman alongside others, the letter says: ‘We note that DFID were able to allocate significant emergency funds for the support of residents from Mosul, and the rebuilding of the same, but nothing has been allocated to date for the many thousands of Christians and Yazidis who lost their homes 3 years ago (including in Mosul) and who are now faced with a grave humanitarian and existential crisis.’

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