Europe

Man or machine: The soul of Russian Orthodox church bells

A recent expansion of the Orthodox Church has created a skills shortage of bell ringers that is being filled by machines.

The Listening Post

The Chosen One: Trump and the Christian Broadcasting Network

Is Trump's special relationship with the conservative evangelical network just an alliance of political convenience?

The Chosen One: Trump and the Christian Broadcasting Network

Pakistan

Blasphemy case lawyer flees Pakistan 'to stay alive'

Lawyer for Aasia Bibi leaves Pakistan following days of protests over her acquittal by the Supreme Court.

Pakistan blasphemy case: Bibi's lawyer flees country amid furore

Egypt

'Sadness and pain' as Egypt's Copts bury bus attack victims

Seven people were killed and at least 18 others wounded in Friday's attack, the latest to target Coptic Christians.

'Sadness and pain' as Egypt's Copts bury bus attack victims

Turkey

Turkey, US lift sanctions on officials after pastor's release

US pastor Andrew Brunson was freed in October, easing tensions between NATO allies Washington and Ankara.

Turkey, US lift sanctions on officials after pastor's release

Pakistan

Pakistan: Protests against blasphemy acquittal continue

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan-led protests take place across the country, a day after Supreme Court clears Aasia Bibi.

Pakistan: Thousands protest blasphemy acquittal, ignore PM's call

Pakistan

Protests erupt after court acquits blasphemy accused

Court frees Aasia Bibi - on death row for nine years - in a case that has become emblematic of fair trial concerns.

Fault Lines

Church of Trump

An insight into the Trump administration's relationship with the religious right and implications for US politics.

United States

Pittsburgh shooting: Vigils across US as hate crimes up

Thousands gathered for an interfaith prayer vigil at a city church following the mass shooting at the synagogue.

United States

Muslims crowdfund for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack

Crowdfunding has become a go-to effort for relief following hate crimes and mass shootings in the US.

Muslims crowdfund for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue attack

Ireland

Ireland re-elects president, set to scrap blasphemy law

Higgins wins 55.8 percent of the vote to secure second term, while exit polls show blasphemy law set to be dumped.

Ireland re-elects Michael Higgins as president

Asia

Religious minorities persecuted in Afghanistan amid war

Many belonging to religious minorities are leaving the country but not everyone can afford it.

Europe

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam

Best known for hit 'Nothing Compares 2 U' the singer says her conversion is the 'conclusion' of her religious journey.

Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam, now called Shuhada' Davitt

Israel

Israeli police forcibly remove Coptic protesters in Jerusalem

Several monks injured as police end protest against the renovation of Deir as-Sultan monastery in Jerusalem.

Israeli police forcibly remove Coptic protesters in Jerusalem

Asia

India's Assam shuts down over plans to amend citizenship law

The government plans to make it easier for Hindus, Buddhists and Christians to get citizenship while excluding Muslims.

India's Assam shuts down over plans to amend citizenship law