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Chinese Pastor Receives 12-Year Sentence

A court in China sentenced a Christian pastor on Friday to 12 years in prison in a verdict his supporters are calling "totally unacceptable." Zhang Shaojie, who led the government-sanctioned Nanle County Christian Church in Henan province, was arrested last year following a land dispute with local authorities. His lawyer told The Associated Press that local authorities arrested the pastor because he was becoming "too influential" in the community. The official...

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