Middle East

Disaster Relief | Aug. 11 2020

U.S. officials say help on way to Beirut after massive explosion

Following the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut that left at least 200 reported dead and thousands injured, U.S. officials are promising aid is on its... [READ MORE]

International News | May. 29 2020

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity reopens to public

Bethlehem’s storied Church of the Nativity reopened to visitors on Tuesday (May 26), after a nearly three-month closure due to the coronavirus... [READ MORE]

Middle East | Jan. 31 2019

World Vision ousted from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country known for persecuting religious minorities, has expelled 18 aid organizations... [READ MORE]

Middle East | Dec. 8 2018

Christian converts surveilled, arrested

MASHDAD, Iran — Two Christian converts from Islam planning to meet in a northern city of Iran were detained on the same day, part of what rights... [READ MORE]

Middle East | Oct. 27 2018

Bethlehem mayor criticizes Netanyahu

BETHLEHEM — In an opinion piece published Oct. 15 in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman suggested Israeli Prime Minister... [READ MORE]

Middle East | Oct. 22 2018

School closures threaten Church in Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria — Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria have closed private schools administered by the Syriac Orthodox Church, which Assyrian... [READ MORE]

Middle East | Sep. 16 2018

Christians sentenced to prison in Iran

BUSHEHR, Iran — An Iranian court has sentenced 12 Christians to one year in prison for holding worship meetings, evangelizing and inviting... [READ MORE]

Middle East | Aug. 26 2018

Law cements Israel’s status as Jewish state

JERUSALEM — In the wee hours of July 19, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a controversial nation-state law that explicitly defines... [READ MORE]

Middle East | Aug. 8 2018

Christians in Iran seized from their homes

TEHRAN, Iran — Three Christians and a pastor were arrested in an attempt to intimidate the Christian community in Iran, according to advocacy... [READ MORE]

Middle East | May. 25 2018

Newborn girls being killed across Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan — Hundreds of newborn babies have been found dumped in the garbage across Pakistan, almost all of them girls, according to... [READ MORE]