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Operation Nehemiah: News update #77

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Germany, Sweden

Germany: student’s tongue slashed for refusing to convert to Islam

A 24-year Indian student in Bonn, Germany, was brutally attacked on Christmas Eve by Islamic extremists who slashed his tongue when he refused to convert to Islam.

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Sweden: Iranian Christian faces second deportation order

An Iranian convert to Christianity who is seeking asylum in Sweden is once again facing deportation to Iran despite facing the risk of imprisonment or even death for leaving Islam.

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AUS: “fatwa” against Christmas removed by Sydney mosque

Australia's biggest mosque has removed an online post that called for a “fatwa” against Christmas following harsh condemnation from the Muslim community.

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UK: Christians have no right to refuse to work on Sundays, rules judge

Judges have been accused of diluting the rights of Christians after a key judgment on whether they can refuse to work on Sundays.

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