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Churches in the Muslim north of Sudan are facing pressure from government officials and members of the public who are demanding their closure.
At least ten churches have been burned in Nigeria, where violence has broken out following the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Church leaders in Europe are debating the best way for governments to counter the wave of violence represented by Shabaz Bhatti's death.
Christians in the West should be more outspoken about the suffering of those facing persecution, a Chicago gathering of Middle Eastern Christians has said.
The head of Ethiopia's Lutheran church has welcomed government efforts to curb a spate of attacks on Christians in the country.
A foster couple opposed to homosexuality who said they were being discriminated against because of their Christian beliefs, have had their High Court claim rejected.
Indonesia has been urged to repeal its blasphemy laws and provide greater protection to minorities, including Christians and the Muslim Ahmadiyya sect.
Egypt has recalled its ambassador to the Vatican after Pope Benedict XVI appealed to Egypt and Iraq to do more to protect their Christian minorities.
I am not ashamed to be a Christian active in public life, but I am not backing the "Not Ashamed" campaign or marking Not Ashamed Day. The campaign aims to encourage only a certain sort of Christian to engage in particular forms of public life.