China

Chinese House Church Leaders and Toddler Arrested After Singing in Public Park

(Worthy News) – A Chinese house church pastor, her daughter, and her young grandson have been arrested, weeks after being accused of overstepping the country’s newly tightened religious restrictions. Chinese officials warned Xu Shizhen in August that publicly sharing her faith puts her in violation of the government policy. It wasn’t her first run-in with…

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U.S. Warship Sails Near Islands Beijing Claims in South China Sea

(Worthy News) – A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as…

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Christian women, three-year-old taken into custody for mission work

(Worthy News) – Provoked by the mission work of a local house church, officials detained a pastor and her daughter on Sept. 22, taking the daughter’s three-year-old son into custody as well. On the night of Sept. 22, police and religious affairs bureau personnel seized Pastor Xu Shizhen, her daughter, Xu Yuqing, and Xu Yuqing’s…

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Study Shows Link between Abortion and Breast Cancer in China

(Worthy News) – Abortion is widespread in China, due to the country’s One Child Policy, and now the updated, but hardly less restrictive, Two Child Policy. Reports have emerged of Chinese women being forced to undergo abortions or face harsh consequences, but to make matters worse, a study has now been released that shows a…

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Iran's foreign minister urges Europe to defy US if Trump sinks nuclear deal

(Worthy News) – Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has called on Europe to defy US sanctions if the Trump administration torpedoes the international nuclear agreement with Tehran. Zarif warned that if Europe followed Washington’s lead, the deal would collapse and Iran would emerge with more advanced nuclear technology than before the agreement was reached…

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China tightens its 'choke-hold' on churches, enforces ban on children worshipping

(Worthy News) – China has tightened its ‘choke-hold’ on churches across the country in recent weeks, according to the rights and religious freedom group China Aid. Recent bans on unregistered church worship and on teaching Christianity to children ‘as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once,’ have alarmed Christians in the country, a…

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