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Hungary's embattled government is weighing its options after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld an April ruling in favour of evangelical and other denominations who were stripped of their church status under controversial legislation.

The Strasbourg-based court rejected the government's appeal, saying the nine churches

World Vision has called upon G20 governments to protect the world's children from economic exploitation, citing figures showing there are still 168 million child over the age of five laboring to the detriment of their development.

Jayakumar Christian, a child labor campaigner for the

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A Dutch priest, who became known for his insistence on staying in the war-torn Syrian city of Homs, was shot dead there Monday, 7th April, by suspected Islamic militants, Catholic sources said.

Frans van der Lugt, 75, a Jesuit - the same order as Pope Francis -

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Christian aid workers this week asked prayers for two young daughters of a Christian mother who was reportedly publicly executed along with a fellow believer in Jesus Christ.

The Barnabas Fund group, which supports Christians in heavily Islamic nations, said the 41-year-old mother, Sadia Ali Omar, and

The World Council of Churches has welcomed moves towards the introduction of the world's first Arms Trade Treaty after 18 countries - including five of the world's leading arms exporters - this week ratified the treaty at the UN.

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A convert from Islam in Iran sentenced to serve almost four years in prison for Christian activities has gone on a hunger strike to protest the government"s refusal to grant his request for release, religious freedom advocates said.

Vahid Hakkani began his hunger strike on

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The Syriac Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in the world and seated in the heart of war-ravaged Syria, has selected a US-based archbishop as its next patriarch.

Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Karim, a native of Syria, has been

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches has expressed his "deep worry" over the sentencing of 529 people to death in Egypt last week.

The sentencing of the 529 supporters of ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, following what the UN described as a

World Watch Monitor

An Armenian Syrian pastor, whose family is from Kessab, close to Syria"s northern border with Turkey, has reported that they have fled the village after Syrian rebel jihadists took control of the area. The fighting in the predominantly Armenian Christian town started Friday, 21st March.

Representatives of Christian churches were among religious leaders who this week called for Australia to do its "fair share" to address climate change, saying that the country's "addiction" to fossil fuels is "no longer morally justified".

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Islamic extremists from Somalia took responsibility for killing four Christians on 17th March and another on 15th March in north-eastern Kenya.

Somali rebel al-Shabaab militiamen or their Somali sympathisers have carried out several attacks on Kenyan soil the past two years, usually separating out Christians

24th March, 2014

Suspected Islamic militants burst into a crowded church near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa on Sunday killing as many as four people and injuring 17 others, local Christians and officials said.

Witnesses said at least

21st March, 2014

More than two dozen Christian converts in a village in southern Laos could be expelled for their faith if government officials fail to keep local authorities from violating their constitutional rights, according to an

20th March, 2014

UK-based agency Christian Aid has warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo after fighting has displaced more than 400,000 people.

The organisation says more than 60 villages

19th March, 2014

Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian mother of five, has suffered yet another setback, and remains on death row in an isolation cell at the women's prison in Sheikhupura, Punjab.

According to AsiaNews, her appeal hearing

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