WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Christian Convert Found Dead in Somalia

Islamic extremists in Somalia are being blamed for the death of a young Christian convert.

Mumin Abdikarim Yusuf, 23, was taken into custody Oct. 23 by the Muslim group "Al Shabbab" after a teenager accused him of proselytizing, according to Compass Direct News.

Yusuf's body was found Nov. 15 on a residential street in Mogadishu, the Somali capital that Al Shabbab partly controls.

He was badly beaten, had broken fingers, missing teeth and was shot twice in the head.

It's believed his killers were trying to get information on other Christians.

Swiss Ban on Mosque Towers Sparks Criticism

The Swiss ban on minarets could soon be struck down by the country's Supreme Court or by the European Court of Human Rights.

Swiss voters recently approved the ban on the iconic mosques towers by a wide margin, but opponents say the vote is religious discrimination.

The ban, however, did not apply to the country's four existing minarets and does not prohibit Muslims from free expression of their religion.

Still, criticism from Islamic countries, the United Nations and the European Union is putting pressure on Switzerland to find a way to overturn the vote.

House Church Leaders Face Penalty in China

Five house church leaders in China are in labor camps after a court sentenced them to seven years in prison.

Human rights groups say the sentences are the harshest given in recent years.

The Protestant leaders were charged with illegal assembly and refusing to register their house churches with the government.

Among those jailed are the pastor of Linfen Fushan church in northern China and his wife.

Meanwhile, in western Xianji Province, a Uyghur Christian pastor has been released after serving two years in prison.

Pastor Yiming reportedly is weak, but in good spirits and glad to be home with his family.

Another Uyghur church leader is still in jail.

Family of Messianic Jews' Victim to Attacks

Two ultra Orthodox men were arrested for allegedly torching the car of a Messianic Jew in the Israeli town of Beit She'an.

Eliav Levine is a Messianic Jew from the former Soviet Union. His family's car was torched earlier this week when it was parked next to the local police station.

This is the second time the Levines car has been set on fire.

Earlier this year, their 11-year-old daughter was called to the principal's office at her school.

Then she was interrogated by the city's chief rabbi about her parents' activities as Messianic Jews.

The Levines were also kicked out of two apartments after their landlords were threatened.

Their attorney is calling on police to take action before the abuse gets worse.

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