After 20 months in bureaucratic limbo, Canadian-American Christian David Byle was arrested and detained overnight by security police in Ankara, the Turkish capital.
More than 300 Christian children in two high schools in Zhejiang province, which has been referred to as the "Jerusalem of the East" for its strong Christian presence, have been asked to fill out a form stating that they did not follow a religion, World Watch Monitor has been told by a trusted local source.
A spate of attacks, in which at least 20 were killed in Nigeria's central Plateau State over the last week of August, has shattered peace efforts by religious and political leaders in its capital, Jos.
A law criminalizing religious conversions and the "hurting of religious feelings" went into effect in Nepal this week, a year after the bill was passed.
A suicide attack on a Coptic church in north Cairo, Egypt, was thwarted on Saturday, reports Coptic news site Watani.
A 9-year-old girl from an Indian family that had recently converted to Christianity was gang-raped and murdered Aug. 5 in Punjab state.
The Rwanda Governance Board continues to close churches it says fail to meet requirements laid down at the beginning of the year.
The Christian pastor who was abducted last Sunday with his family in Burkina Faso's northeastern province of Soum has been released.
Almost 7,000 people belonging to the largely Christian minority group in Kachin, northern Myanmar, have fled their houses since fighting between the army and a rebel group flared up in early April, according to recent figures from the Red Cross.