President of Yemen Flees by Sea; Saudis Begin Air Strikes


Originally posted on TIME:

(SANAA, Yemen) — President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen by sea Wednesday as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on his last refuge in the south, captured its airport and put a bounty on his head, officials said. Hours later, Saudi Arabia announced it had begun airstrikes against the Houthi rebels.

The departure of the close U.S. ally and the imminent fall of the southern port of Aden pushed Yemen further toward a violent collapse. It also threatened to turn the impoverished but strategic country into another proxy battle between the Middle East’s Sunni powers and Shiite-led Iran.

Saudi ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir said his country had begun airstrikes against the rebels. He said his government had consulted closely with the U.S. and other allies but that the U.S. military was not involved in the operations.

The White House said in a statement late Wednesday that…

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Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (the most recent are at the top).

For more visit:
- http://www.worldmag.com/2015/03/pakistani_christians_protest_after_taliban_church_bombings
- http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31922140
- http://www.latimes.com/world/afghanistan-pakistan/la-fg-pakistan-christians-protests-20150316-story.html
- http://www.persecution.org/2015/03/16/fifteen-killed-dozens-wounded-after-suicide-bombers-attack-two-churches-in-pakistan/
- http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/suicide-bombers-attack-catholic-church-in-pakistan/2015/03/15/e21f1b8a-caed-11e4-b2a1-bed1aaea2816_story.html
- http://tribune.com.pk/story/853616/blast-heard-in-lahore-2/

Iran: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Iran (the most recent articles are at the top).

For more visit:
- http://www.christiantoday.com/article/iran.persecution.of.christians.as.bad.as.ever.despite.presidents.promises/49742.htm
- http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/09/the-horrifying-thing-this-christian-pastor-witnessed-inside-of-an-iranian-prison-that-has-left-him-shaken/
- http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2015/February/Naghmeh-Abedini-to-Address-National-Leaders-at-CPAC/
- https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2015/02/article_3745116.html/

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Pakistan (the most recent articles are at the top).

For more visit:
- http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2015/March/Thai-Police-Arrest-400-Pakistani-Christian-Refugees/
- http://www.christianpost.com/news/son-of-pakistani-christian-servant-tortured-killed-by-police-after-mother-wouldnt-confess-to-crime-mom-says-she-will-not-give-up-on-her-lord-135520/
- http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Lahore,-20-year-old-Christian-tortured-and-killed-by-police-33693.html
- http://time.com/3740149/pakistan-death-penalty/
- http://www.christianpost.com/news/uk-groups-seeks-justice-for-christian-girls-gang-raped-by-5-pakistani-muslims-135282/
- http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=5207

ISIS: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Iraq and Syria, with particular emphasis on ISIS (note the most recent articles are at the top).

For more visit:
- http://www.christianpost.com/news/how-should-christians-respond-to-isis-135822/
- http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/03/17/syrian-iraqi-christians-plead-for-international-assistance-from-temporary-homes/
- http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2015/3/16/mideast-christian-yazidi-groups-urge-un-to-act-on-islamic-state-persecution
- http://www.persecution.org/2015/03/16/islamic-state-isis-vandalizes-churches-in-iraq-removing-crosses-atop-them-destroying-statues-and-icons/
- https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/report/2015/03/12/108473/the-plight-of-christians-in-the-middle-east/
- http://www.newsday.com/news/world/activists-number-of-christians-abducted-by-isis-rises-to-220-1.9979216
- http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/02/24/isis-captures-christians-piece-by-piece-middle-eastern-christianity-is-being/

Nigeria: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from Nigeria.

For more visit:
- http://morningstarnews.org/2015/03/soldiers-kill-six-christians-at-church-in-kaduna-state-nigeria-witnesses-say/
- https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2015/03/article_3777912.html/
- https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2015/03/article_3777903.html/