Recently in Asia Category

Virtual "killing sprees" in Iran and Iraq led to a spike in the number of executions globally last year, according to Amnesty International, at odds with a steady decline in the use of the death penalty around the world over the last two decades.

Convicted murderer Adan Sheikh Abdi is tied to a post before being executed by firing squad in August, 2013 in Somalia.

Pakistan: Hearing on Blasphemy Case Delayed

Voice of the Martyrs Canada says the appeal hearing for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman imprisoned for blasphemy, has been postponed, but no new date has been set.

Asia Bibi's family
(Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs Canada)

Burma has been at war with itself since gaining independence from the British in 1948. The military government has had one goal on its mind: rid Burma of ethnic minorities, which comprise about 40% of the total population.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says negotiations with Russia are accelerating toward a long-awaited peace treaty over four islands that both have claimed since World War II.

Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin
Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour guide and evangelist imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, has been transferred from a hospital to a labor camp, the U.S. State Department said Friday.

Korean American tour guide and evangelist Kenneth Bae speaks to reporters at a Pyongyang hospital in January. (Kim Kwang Hyon / Associated Press / January 20, 2014)
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina insisted on Monday her walkover win in an election boycotted by the opposition was legitimate and blamed her rivals for the unprecedented bloodshed on polling day.
A stampede broke out during an event at a mosque in northern China, killing 14 people and injuring 10 others, a state news agency said Monday.

This photo taken on September 21, 2011 shows Chinese Muslim students praying in Yinchuan, northwest China's Ningxia region (AFP/File, Lilian Wu)

Uzbekistan, Central Asia Christians Request Urgent Prayer

Last week in Uzbekistan police ransacked the house of a local church member as they searched for Christian materials. She was also taken to the police station for questioning. While searching her house, police confiscated her personal literature, her computer and her passport. Though she has been released from police custody, the court hearing on her case is pending. The police also questioned her about a key ministry person in the area. Please pray that the police will not find anything among her belongings to use against her in court, as well as for His protection over her and the whole ministry in Uzbekistan.

Bus in Thailand Plunges Off of Bridge, Killing 29

At least 29 people have died in a bus that plunged off one of Thailand's highest bridges.

A bus that fell off a bridge in Phetchabun province carrying New Year travellers has left at least 29 people dead. Source: AFP
On Monday, authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan beat up and detained a Christian pastor, lawyers, and churchgoers after they tried to hold a Christmas service and highlight the detention of another pastor and his aides. Shenzhen-based pastor Cao Nan, who had arrived at the state-sanctioned church in Henan's Nanle county to conduct the ceremony for worshipers who had traveled from as far away as Shanghai, describes his treatment at the hands of local police in an interview with RFA's Mandarin Service:

Pastor Zhang Shaojie in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of CHINAaid)