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Indonesia church members forced to worship in secret (Second Coming Watch #70)

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Indonesia church members forced to worship in secret. According to the Jakarta Globe, After years of holding Sunday services on the roadside in front of its sealed church, amid intimidation by hard-line Islamic groups, the congregation of the Yasmin GKI church in Bogor celebrated Easter mass at the home of one of its members. A Yasmin spokesman said, "We are constantly having to change our location because our existence appears to be unwanted, and we have to hide so that we are not intimidated by intolerant groups. Before that, we had hoped for help from the police, but after the many attacks on members of the congregation, we see that the police are also involved in this."

Indonesia church members forced to worship in secret. According to the Associated Press, Iran's official Press TV said the country has halted oil exports to Germany, a day after Tehran stopped crude exports to Spain and Greece, in an apparent move to strengthen its position ahead of crucial talks with world powers later this week. Iran's official Press TV also reported on Wednesday that the country plans to ban imports from 100 European companies as part of Tehran's pre-emptive retaliation against the EU embargo which foes into effect this July.

Rising World Food Prices Spark Fears Of Unrest. According to the Financial Post, global food prices rose in March for a third straight month with more hikes to come. The UN's food agency said on Thursday that this will add to fears of hunger and a new wave of social unrest in poor countries. Record high prices for staple foods last year were one of the main factors that contributed to the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as bread riots in other parts of the world. The cost of food has risen again this year after coming down from a February 2011 record peak.

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