In what appeared to be part of a central government crackdown on Protestant Christianity in Vietnam, hundreds of Christians from 10 northern provinces were locked out of a Christmas celebration that was supposed to take place here on Sunday.
Attorneys prosecuting the murder of three Christians in southeastern Turkey are making progress linking the knifemen who slayed them to the masterminds who put them up to it, an attorney representing the family of one of the victims said Friday
About 200 demonstrators from hard-line Islamic organizations in West Java disrupted the worship of a church in Rancaekek district, Bandung, driving more than 100 worshippers from the building last Sunday.
An Egyptian who left Islam to become a Christian and consequently lost his wife, children and business is waiting to see if the government will now take away his freedom for "defaming" Islam.
A Christian in Afghanistan facing "apostasy" charges punishable by death is still without legal representation after authorities blocked a foreign lawyer's attempt to visit him in prison, sources said.
A 17-year-old girl in Somalia who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death last week in an apparent "honor killing," area sources said.
A Christian in Ethiopia's southern town of Moyale who languished in jail for more than three months after he was accused of desecrating the Quran has been sentenced to three years of prison, church leaders said.
Radical Islamists are suspected in the demolition of two church buildings on Tanzania's semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar on Sunday (Nov. 21), as members of the congregations have since received death threats from Muslims.
Officials in Mergui Region in Burma, ordered a Baptist church to cease holding worship services after the pastor refused to wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting the military government's Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
"I don't know why – when I walked into court that day, I just knew," Asia Noreen said, tears returning to her eyes and her voice shaking. "And when the judge announced my death sentence, I broke down crying and screaming. In the entire year that I have spent in this jail, I have not been asked even once for my statement in court."
An Afghani amputee in prison for his Christian faith since May will face a judge this Sunday (Nov. 21) without legal representation or knowledge of the charges against him, according to local sources.
Attorneys for a Christian mother of five sentenced to death by hanging for allegedly speaking ill of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, have filed an appeal of the verdict, they said.
More than two years after losing relatives and property in anti-Christian violence, there is no sense of relief among survivors in India's Orissa state, as many are still ostracized and pressured to "return" to Hinduism, according to a private investigation.
Officials in Katin village, southern Laos have ordered six more Christian families to renounce their faith or face expulsion in early January, advocacy group Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF) reported Tuesday.
For the first time in Bhutan's history, the Buddhist nation's government seems ready to grant much-awaited official recognition and accompanying rights to a miniscule Christian population that has remained largely underground.
Muslim villagers last month beat a 63-year-old Christian convert and his youngest son because they refused to return to Islam, the father told Compass.
Muslim neighbors of a Christian family scheduled to be baptized last month beat them and filed a false charge of attempted murder against them and other Christians, the head of the family said.
With Burma's first election in over 20 years just three weeks away, Christians in ethnic minority states fear that afterward the military regime will try to "cleanse" the areas of Christianity, sources said.
After four years of legal battle in a Turkish court, a judge acquitted two Christians of insulting Turkey and its people by spreading Christianity, but not without slapping them with a hefty fine for a spurious charge.
Islamic organizations have mounted a campaign against the planned construction of a church in West Java, where Christian leaders report 20 other churches have faced Muslim hostility since 2009.
A church in Banten Province that has been in conflict with Muslim groups for more than two years was compelled to cease meeting in the pastor's home last week in a bid to put an end to harassment and threats.
A Christian in Ethiopia has been languishing in jail for two months after his Muslim business partner accused him of writing "Jesus is Lord" in a copy of the Quran.
An underground Christian family from central Somalia is agonizing over the kidnapping of their daughter nearly eight months ago by Islamic militants bent on punishing those who leave Islam.
An Algerian court on Tuesday acquitted two Christian men of eating during Ramadan in spite of a prosecutor's demand that they be punished for "insulting Islam."
Islamic extremists killed a Christian lawyer, his wife and their five children in northwestern Pakistan this week for mounting a legal challenge against a Muslim who was charging a Christian exorbitant interest, local sources said.