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Illegal religious organization found in Aktobe: more baptists at fault?

An illegal religious organization of the Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists was discovered by Kazakhstan authorities in Aktobe.

Illegal religious organization found in Aktobe: more baptists at fault?
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Grace church pastor sentenced to 4 years

Pastor of the Grace Church Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev has been given a suspended 4-year sentence in Kazakhstan.

Grace church pastor sentenced to 4 years
'Ethnic cleansing' taking place in C.Africa: Amnesty
'Ethnic cleansing' taking place in C.Africa: Amnesty

"Ethnic cleansing" is being carried out against Muslim civilians in the Central African Republic, with international peacekeepers unable to prevent it.

'Ethnic cleansing' taking place in C.Africa: Amnesty
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Kazakhstan Religions Agency: Grace is outside framework

The Agency for Religious Affairs of Kazakhstan remains a neutral observer in the Grace church case.

Kazakhstan Religions Agency: Grace is outside framework
Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan
Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan

A trove of ancient documents unearthed at the Vatican could shed light on the brutal crackdown on Christianity in isolationist Japan under its samurai rulers.

Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan
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Grace church pastor on trial for extremism in Astana

Grace church pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev charged by Kazakhstan authorities with extremism has had his first hearing in Astana.

Grace church pastor on trial for extremism in Astana
Ethiopia's Timkat draws crowds to ancient royal baths
Ethiopia's Timkat draws crowds to ancient royal baths

The sun has not yet come up, but hundreds of people -- cloaked in white shrouds and chanting biblical hymns -- are already gathered at the holy baths in northern Ethiopia to celebrate Timkat.

Ethiopia's Timkat draws crowds to ancient royal baths
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Kazakhstan goes ice-swimming in January

Lifeguards have shared tips and warnings about ice swimming.

Kazakhstan goes ice-swimming in January
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Important library in north Lebanon torched

A decades-old library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest in north Lebanon's majority Sunni city of Tripoli was torched late Friday, a day after a sectarian scuffle, a security source said.

Important library in north Lebanon torched
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law

Tens of thousands of Roman Catholics joined in an open-air mass in central Madrid on Sunday to celebrate the Holy Family, just days after the Spanish government agreed to tighten the abortion law.

Huge crowds hold Madrid mass after new abortion law
Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital
Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital

The Red Cross said Thursday it had recovered some 40 bodies on the streets of Bangui as the United States expressed alarm at the latest eruption of fighting in the Central African Republic.

Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers

Thousands of Christians are killed every year because of their faith and the persecution is becoming more widespread.

Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem

Pope Francis held his first Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Tuesday by highlighting the role played by humble shepherds in the Nativity, as thousands flocked to the historic site of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem.

Pope marks first Christmas as crowds flock to Bethlehem
Devastating church bombing haunts Christmas in Pakistan
Devastating church bombing haunts Christmas in Pakistan

For Christians in Pakistan's troubled, violent northwestern city Peshawar, Christmas this year will be dominated by absent faces.

Devastating church bombing haunts Christmas in Pakistan
Hollande hopes Poland to join French troops in CAR
Hollande hopes Poland to join French troops in CAR

French President Francois Hollande said he expected Poland to announce Friday that it would provide military backing for France's troops in the Central African Republic.

Hollande hopes Poland to join French troops in CAR
French soldiers patrol on Boy-Rabe, a northern district of Bangui December 17, 2013. ©Reuters/Alain Amontchi
Nearly 1,000 killed by ex-rebels in C. Africa capital: Amnesty

The Central African Republic's mostly Muslim ex-rebels killed nearly 1,000 people in the capital Bangui two weeks ago in a rampage avenging deadly Christian militia attacks, Amnesty International said in a report Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 killed by ex-rebels in C. Africa capital: Amnesty
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Muslim clergy to teach Religious studies at schools?

Member of the Majilis Talgat Yergaliev proposed engaging members of the Muslim clergy in teaching Religious Studies at schools.

Muslim clergy to teach Religious studies at schools?
Chubby Prince George shown off at royal christening
Chubby Prince George shown off at royal christening

Britain's baby Prince George was christened in a private ceremony on Wednesday, with his proud parents Prince William and Catherine giving the world a rare glimpse of the chubby three-month-old boy.

Chubby Prince George shown off at royal christening
Prince George. ©Reuters/John Stillwell/Pool
Britain's Prince George gets low-key christening

Britain's Prince George, the son of Prince William and his wife Catherine, is to be christened on Wednesday in a private family ceremony.

Britain's Prince George gets low-key christening
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Grace church pastor under home arrest

Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, pastor of Grace protestant church in Astana, has been released from jail and transferred under home arrest.

Grace church pastor under home arrest