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The only Christian governor in Indonesia is being investigated by police as a suspect in a blasphemy case, amid on-going calls from Muslim groups for his imprisonment. 

Investigators questioned the Governor of Jakarta, Barsuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as “Ahok”, for eight hours at the National

The number of children living "under siege" in Syria has more than doubled in less than a year to almost 500,000, says UNICEF.

Anthony Lake, the child-focused organisation's executive director, said children are being killed and injured, and are "too afraid to go to school or even play, surviving with

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Keeping the distinction between Islam and terrorism clear could prevent an ultimate ‘clash of civilisations’, an EU diplomat says.

“All this hatred and bloodshed is a misuse of religion,” said Ján Figeľ, the European Commission’s first special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion

Religious freedom advocacy Christian Solidarity Worldwide has called for an independent inquiry into "grave" human rights violations - including allegations of crimes against humanity - which it claims have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

The call comes after a government-backed military crackdown

The poor are suffering the most in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, Christian Aid warned late last week.

Christian Aid has been involved in distributing food to some of the more than 69,000 people who have fled their homes since fighting began last month. Madara Hettiarachchi, Christian Aid’s

Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro - a towering figure of the 20th century - has died at the age of 90. 

Nine days of mourning are being observed in the Caribbean island nation where Castro seized power in a coup in 1959 and remained President until he formally resigned in 2008,

A Senate committee inquiring into the effects of internet pornogrphy on the way children view women has "passed up" an opportunity to reduce domestic violence, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

The ACL said an Environment and Communications References Senate Committee report released on Wednesday ignored requests for an ISP-level

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Thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians celebrated a 'Return Festival' as the military advance against Islamic State (IS) in and around the city of Mosul raised their hopes of returning home after two years in exile.

The festival in Erbil on 18th November was organised by

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An anti-terrorism court in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday sentenced five men to death for the murder of a Christian couple who were burned alive in November 2014 for setting fire to some pages from a Qur’an. 

A mob of about 600 people beat to

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Uzbek authorities have released a Christian convert six years into his 10 year jail sentence. 

Tohar Haydarov, 33, was released on parole on 8th November after serving six years and 10 months of his prison term. A judge had ruled he was eligible for parole

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Nearly a third of the $US373 billion that Americans donated to charity last year went to religious organisations.

The $US119 billion that was given to churches, religious charities and parachurch ministries is more than went to groups that specialise in education, human services or any other category,

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Westminster Abbey is one of several London landmarks to have been lit up in red for Red Wednesday. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor

Iconic London landmarks have been floodlit in red on Wednesday night to raise awareness of people who

An average of 18 people were killed or injured every day by mines or explosive remnants of war during 2015, a 75 per cent increase on the previous year, according to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines latest report.

The Landmine Monitor 2016 report recorded some 6,461 mine or explosive

World-renowned contemporary artist David Hockney will design a new stained glass window for Westminster Abbey in London to mark the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, it was announced this week.

The window, which will be known as The Queen's Window, is located in the abbey's north transept and is currently

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Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to hang and forced to give birth in jail, says her story represents the ordeals of “many” Christians in Islamic countries forced to live under sharia law. 

In a rare public appearance since she was helped to travel to the

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