Ukraine's strategy to crack down on what it perceives as "weaponized" religious institutions aligned with Russian aggression, including the Russian Orthodox Church and its Ukrainian affiliates, might be extreme but justified, a human rights expert argues.
Three U.S. service members were killed and 34 injured in a drone strike at a base in northeast Jordan, near the Syria border, U.S. Central Command confirmed, leading to severe criticism of the Biden administration’s “weakness” and demands for military retaliation.
A Church of England primary school in the southeast of England has sparked controversy by allowing a four-year-old boy to enroll as a girl, leading to distress among students and parents. The child’s true sex was initially concealed from classmates, resulting in confusion and trauma when revealed.
Pastor Keshab Raj Acharya faces a one-year prison sentence for his religious activities, marking a significant setback for religious freedom in Nepal, after the country’s Supreme Court upheld a previous judgment against the pastor, who now awaits the court’s response to his appeal for converting the sentence into a fine.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency has terminated the contracts of 12 employees over their alleged involvement in the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks in Israel and launched an investigation into their role. Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA Commissioner-General, made the announcement after the U.S., Canada and Australia paused additional funding for UNRWA pending the investigation’s outcome.
Mexican civil society leader and former congressman Rodrigo Iván Cortés has appealed to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights following his conviction for "gender-based political violence" over social media posts referring to a trans-identifying lawmaker as a "man who self-ascribes as a woman."
Estonia will not renew the residence permit of Metropolitan Eugene, head of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, citing national security concerns.
A top Senate Republican wants answers from the U.S. Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network regarding reports officials instructed banks to monitor Americans' online transactions described with the terms "MAGA" and "Trump" as well as purchases of religious texts.
A court in China’s Dalian city has sentenced a prominent Protestant pastor to 14 years in prison.
The Voice of the Martyrs has reclassified India as a "restricted nation" in its 2024 Global Prayer Guide, citing the escalating radical Hindu extremism and the persecution of Christians under the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government.