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The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has lamented the "incomprehensible" persecution of Christians in Iraq, and called for increased solidarity.
An investigation has been launched into the death of aid worker Linda Norgrove, who may have been killed by her US rescuers not her Afghan captors.
Serious questions are being raised over the failed military rescue attempt in Afghanistan that ended in the death of aid worker Linda Norgrove.
The Pope and human rights groups have joined calls for the release of two Catholic priests kidnapped in Mosul, northern Iraq, on Friday 12 October 2007, Syrian Catholic Church head Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa has briefed reporters.