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Mar 31 2007 Justice Rare for Victims of Christian Persecution in India

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceNEW DELHI, INDIA (ANS) – For the first time an all-India picture has emerged of anti-Christian violence from a people’s tribunal.
For the first time an all-India picture has emerged of anti-Christian violence from a people’s tribunal.Victims of Christian persecution from across India shared their horrific stories and highlighted the […]


Mar 31 2007 Christian House Church Leaders Arrested in China

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceMIDLAND, TEXAS (ANS) – Local police in the Chinese province of Liaoning arrested a 54-year-old house church leader while she was sharing her faith with the secretary of the Communist Party of her village.
Local police in the Chinese province of Liaoning arrested a 54-year-old house church leader while she […]


Mar 31 2007 President Bush Will Veto War Spending Bill

WHITE HOUSE - President Bush says he will veto an emergency spending bill for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, because opposition Democrats have included timetables for a troop withdrawal.   
President Bush says spending bills passed by Democrats in the House and Senate would undercut U.S. troops in the field.
“Each of the Democrats’ bills would substitute the […]


Mar 31 2007 Iran Hostage Crisis Escalates

WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — The standoff continues between Britain and Iran over Tehran’s detention of 15 British sailors in the Persian Gulf.
The EU has demanded that Iran immediately and unconditionally release the sailors and marines, who were detained more than a week ago, and warned of undefined “appropriate measures.”
Full EU Support
Meanwhile, Iran’s ambassador to Russia has […]


Mar 30 2007 Iraq Progressing Toward National Reconciliation

WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — The Iraqi government this week took another step toward reconciliation with Sunni resistance groups with the announcement of the draft Law of Accountability and Justice (also referred to in the media as Accountability and Reconciliation).
The law, announced in a joint statement by Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Kurdish President Jalal Talabani, […]


Mar 30 2007 White House Criticizes Pelosi Plan to Visit Syria

STATE DEPARTMENT - The Bush administration Friday criticized plans by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Syria.  Pelosi and a delegation of other House Democrats are expected to go to Damascus early next week as part of a broader Middle East trip.
Officials here say Speaker Pelosi and her delegation are getting all the customary logistical […]


Mar 30 2007 Wahabbi Islamists Murder Ethiopian Christian Evangelist

Militant Wahabbi Islamists Drag Ethiopian Christian Evangelist into Mosque and Beat him to Death  
By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceWASHINGTON, D.C. / JIMMA, ETHIOPIA (ANS) – An Ethiopian evangelist named Tedase was beaten to death by militant Muslims on Monday, March 26, as he and two young women were on a street evangelism assignment in […]


Mar 30 2007 UN Expresses Grave Concern For Iran Hostage Crisis

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council has adopted a bland statement expressing “grave concern” at Iran’s detention of 15 British sailors. From U.N. headquarters, the statement was far weaker than the text Britain had originally asked for.British diplomats went to the Security Council Thursday asking for adoption of a three-sentence statement. It would have […]


Mar 30 2007 Arab League Urges Israel to Accept Peace Proposal

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - The Arab League has urged Israel to accept a revived Arab peace proposal aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The call came at the end of a two-day Arab summit in Riyadh. 
The summit’s closing declaration reaffirmed the Arab states’ commitment to the five-year-old proposal that offers Israel peace and normal relations […]


Mar 30 2007 US Congress Honors WWII Black Fighter Pilots

WHITE HOUSE - The U.S. Congress has given the nation’s highest civilian honor to African-American aviators who were largely denied recognition for their bravery more than 60 years ago. 
Victorious in the skies over Europe and North Africa during the Second World War, the heroism of America’s first black airmen was virtually ignored on their return […]


Mar 30 2007 US Lawmakers Debate Closure of Guantanamo Facility

WASHINGTON - Arguments for and against the closure of the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba used for the interrogation and detention of suspected terrorists and trials by military commissions, were heard across Capitol Hill Thursday. Proponents argued that the facility damages the U.S. image around the world, while others asserted it is a vital […]


Mar 29 2007 US Senate Approves Troop Withdrawal Timeline

WHITE HOUSE - The U.S. Congress and the White House have moved a step closer to a major confrontation on Iraq. The Senate has passed a war funding bill that includes wording on a troop withdrawal.  President Bush says he will veto the legislation.
The final Senate vote (51-47) was largely along party lines, with majority […]


Mar 29 2007 Heavy Fighting Resumes in Mogadishu Somalia

NAIROBI - After several days of relative calm, heavy fighting resumed in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.  Battles between Ethiopian troops and insurgent fighters have reportedly killed and wounded dozens of civilians.
The violence broke out soon after Ethiopian tanks rumbled through several neighborhoods in southern Mogadishu.
The Ethiopians, together with Somali government troops, launched the early-morning security […]


Mar 29 2007 Britain Seeks UN Condemnation of Iran

WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — Britain has asked the United Nations Security Council to call for the immediate release of 15 naval personnel seized by Iran.
South Africa’s UN Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, the current council president, said the proposal would be discussed later today.
Ali Larijani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, meanwhile, warned that Iran might […]


Mar 29 2007 Memphis Man Pleads Guilty to Arson

Defendant Agrees to 50 years for Arson involving the Family Dollar Store
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE – Anthony Paul Shaw pled guilty before U. S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays to three counts of arson announced David Kustoff, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. The Plea Agreement provides that the parties have agreed to a sentence […]


Mar 29 2007 Pacific Northwest Salmon Threatened by Proposed ESA Changes

SEATTLE — Representatives of a broad-based coalition of fishing businesses and conservation groups today warned that sweeping changes proposed by the Bush administration to regulations under the Endangered Species Act would pose a direct threat to salmon recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest.
Several of the proposed changes, made public earlier this week, appear to take […]


Mar 29 2007 Focus On North Korea Brutality

Christians Urged To Participate In North Korea Freedom Week 
From Open Doors USA
Jerry Dykstra, Media Relations Director
Phone: 616-915-4117
Website: www.OpenDoorsUsa.orgSANTA ANA, CA (ANS) – North Korea is a deadly place for followers of Jesus Christ.  As one North Korean said: “People who believe in Christ are shot and executed.”
North Korea is a deadly place for followers […]


Mar 29 2007 Jackie Robinson Remembered by Friends, Family

LOS ANGELES - Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier to become the first African-American to play U.S. major league baseball 60 years ago.  Family members and friends of the American sports legend came together to remember his legacy.
For students at Los Angeles City College, this was a chance to learn more about the legacy of […]


Mar 29 2007 Church Fire in Moscow Suburb Suspected as Criminal Activity

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service  
MOSCOW, RUSSIA (ANS) – A building owned by Emmanuel Church in the southwest suburbs of Moscow, once used as a casino, was set on fire in the early hours of March 26.
Pastor Alexei Pankov told ASSIST News that several people were sleeping in the building, which is in the […]


Mar 29 2007 Iran Sets Demands For Captured Sailors Release

WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — Tehran is demanding London acknowledge it violated Iran’s territorial waters before the case of 15 detained sailors and marines can be resolved.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki made the demand on March 28. It came shortly after Iranian television broadcast footage of some of the detained Britons.
The footage included Faye Turney, the only […]


Mar 28 2007 President Bush: No Compromise on Iraq War Bill

WHITE HOUSE - President Bush has renewed his threat to veto a bill before Congress that would fund the Iraq war, but would also set a deadline for a U.S. troop withdrawal.  It is the latest escalation in tensions between the White House and the Democratic Party majority on Capitol Hill.
President Bush says money for […]


Mar 28 2007 Iran Exploits British Sailors on State Run Television

WASHINGTON — Iranian state television has shown video footage of a British servicewoman and a group of British sailors and marines seized by Iranian forces on March 23.
Al-Alam, an Arabic-language, Iranian state-run television station, showed the woman, 26-year-old Faye Turney, wearing a black headscarf  and smoking a cigarette. The footage also showed some sailors and […]


Mar 28 2007 Britain: Iran Acted Illegally In Capturing Sailors

LONDON - Britain says it is freezing bilateral business with Iran, except efforts to gain the release of 15 British naval personnel seized by Iranian forces last Friday.  Iran is hinting at a possible release. 
British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett told the House of Commons the government would focus all its bilateral efforts with Iran on […]


Mar 28 2007 Kurd Nationalists Seek Lands of Their Own

DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - As violent instability convulses much of Iraq, the country’s neighbors are keeping a watchful eye.  In recent weeks, Turkey has warned Kurds in northern Iraq not to make any moves to declare themselves independent from Baghdad.  Turkey has a large Kurdish population of its own, and the government in Ankara is worried […]


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