Islamic state militants killed dozens of people execution style in attacks on government-held areas in Syria's city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a source and a monitoring said.
For Christians in Pakistan, the New Year has begun with attacks on their worship places, with three separate incidents in less than a week, including a church being set on fire.
On 7 January, items on top of a church roof were set on fire in Manga Mandi, on the outskirts of Lahore. The Apostolic Church is in the village of Baath, where about 50 Christian families live.
“The fire gutted the roof, but it could not enter the building because the iron doors were closed,” the catechist, Dildar Masih, told World Watch Monitor. He said that neighbours reported the fire had been started at around 1am.
On his TV show, Egyptian TV host Amr Adeeb recently gave a monologue in which he condemned inter-Muslim fighting. "What kind of religion is this?" he asked with incredulity. "If the Prophet Muhammad could return today and watch us, he would cry!"
A sense of fear nags at Hauwa Bulama every time she leaves home.
She worries that suicide bombers might be lurking at the vegetable stand where she shops for her six children. They could turn up at the hospital where she takes her relatives. Any woman in a hijab could have a suicide belt under her clothes, she fears.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.