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Data analysis suggests that the death toll in the ongoing conflict in Syria has surpassed 60,000, says the United Nations human rights office.
A dozen worshippers have been killed in two attacks by an extreme Islamist group operating in the north of Nigeria over the Christmas period.
In his final BBC Thought for the Day before retiring, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has talked about the corruption of a gun-toting culture.
On 24 November 2012, a factory in Bangladesh, Tazreen Fashions, went up in flames killing at least 120 workers and injuring 150 more.
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has assured the people of Sandy Hook and Newtown of global prayers and concern for them.
Grassroots civic and faith groups, relatives of victims, and activists are joining mayors and other politicians to press US President Obama for effective gun controls.
The President of the National Council of Churches USA has expressed "shock and the profoundest grief" over the deaths in the mass shooting in Newtown.
Journalist and human rights defender Anna Politkovskaya, known for her critical reports from Chechnya, was gunned down in back in 2006.
The execution of a man involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks undoes much of the progress India has made over the death penalty, Amnesty International says.
Pakistan’s first execution in four years has been condemned by human rights and anti-death penalty groups, as thousands remain on death row.