The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, has called for an arms embargo against Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, amid growing evidence of a campaign of violent intimidation against political opponents.
Pro-Tibet freedom protesters from media rights group Reporters Without Borders broke through the cordon of 1,000 police officers in Olympia, Greece, as China's envoy spoke and the Olympic torch was lit prior to the Beijing games.
The new Orthodox metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia says his priorities include dealing with the Chinese government to bring about the proper recognition of Orthodox Christians in mainland China.
Recent religious conflict in the Indian state of Orissa has been aided by the aggressive evangelising of missionaries from outside the region, says an official with the largest traditional Protestant denomination in northern India.
The Zimbabwe Christian Alliance, a network of church and civic bodies, says it has no hope that inter-party peace talks brokered by South Africa's Thabo Mbeki will achieve results before Zimbabwean elections scheduled for 29 March.
Zimbabwe's Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has called for the postponement of the national elections due on 29 March 2008. They say there are signs that the poll will not be free and fair under current conditions.
A campaigning group that was formed 30 years ago to change law, attitudes and policy towards crime against women will mark the anniversary with a people's trial of Britain's justice system to highlight its failure to tackle rape.
The year has not begun well for Afghanistan, with suicide bombings, fears of a deteriorating security situation and reports of an increased presence by Taliban forces throughout the country, say church-based relief agencies.