BREAKING NEWS: Mounting Concerns About Detained US Couple In Turkey

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By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan Jcouple. Bos ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Christians have expressed concern about the plight of American Christians Andrew Brunson and his wife Norine who were detained in Turkey earlier this month on charges that friends linked to their church work. Turkish officials arrested and detained the couple on October 7 in the coastal city of Izmir saying their activities constituted “national security risks”," explained advocacy group Voice of the Persecuted (VOP).

Lawyer Prosecuted Turkish Christians Plans European Court Case

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By BosNewsLife News Center echr1ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- The lawyer of two Turkish Christians on trial for "insulting Turkishness” plans to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights after they were fined for taking "illegal" church offerings, trial observers said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Saturday March 28.

Turkey Refuses To Release Jailed US Pastor

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ANKARA, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Friends and family members are praying for an American pastor who remains behind bars in Turkey on controversial terror and espionage charges after a Turkish court again denied a request for his release.

Turkey Militants Vandalize Christian Bookshop

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BosNewsLife News Center popeturkey1ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Christian workers in southern Turkey faced a tense day Friday, February 20, after their bookshop was vandalized for the second time in a week by suspected Muslim militants, Christians said.

Turkey Holiday shows Hope amid Persecution (Column)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist Martin Roth ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Covering the Christian persecution “beat” as a writer can be depressing. On a near-daily basis I receive newsletters from Christian groups such as Voice of the Martyrs and Barnabas Fund, and I scan the Internet regularly to check the latest developments. The news invariably seems to be bad, and getting worse. So it's refreshing to gain a different perspective.

Language of Jesus Under Attack (COLUMN)

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By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist church ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Attacks on an ancient Syriac church in Turkey constitute another blow to Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke. The World Council of Arameans says fighting in late-January between the Turkish army and Kurdish militia groups in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir has caused "many deaths" and extensive damage.

Turkey Threatens Deportation Of American Pastor

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By BosNewsLife News Center   ChurchISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- An American evangelical pastor in Turkey faced uncertainty Thursday, October 9, after authorities reportedly cancelled his long-term residence permit and ordered his deportation.

TURKEY WATCH: Uncertainty Over Future World’s Oldest Monastery

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By BosNewsLife News Center ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- There was uncertainty Wednesday, December 3, over the future of the world's oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in eastern Turkey, as local authorities and villagers have demanded part of its properties, an advocacy group told BosNewsLife Wednesday, December 3.

Turkey Sends US Pastor To Prison On “Terrorism” Charges

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By BosNewsLife News Center ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- The wife of an American pastor who has been detained for more than two months in Turkey has asked for prayers after her husband was reportedly sent to prison on terrorism related charges.

Evangelicals Support Turkey’s Earthquake Victims; Ancient Church Reopened

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By BosNewsLife News Center ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited earthquake victims in eastern Turkey Saturday, November 12, where evangelical Christians and Armenians are among those helping survivors of two deadly quakes in this predominantly Muslim area.