- 12th March, 2014702TURKEY:
Five murder suspects on trial for torturing and killing three Christians in Malatya nearly seven years ago were released on Friday 7 March, before the conclusion of their trial.
- 10th March, 2014701SYRIA:
The 13 nuns and three maids kidnapped by rebel forces on 3 December 2013 have been released. The group included the convent's mother superior, Pelagia Sayaf (pictured).
- 3rd March, 2014699NORTH
Australian missionary John Short (75), who was being held by the North Korean authorities for allegedly distributing religious materials, has been released and deported to China.
- 22nd February, 2014697KAZAKHSTAN:
Retired Presbyterian Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev (67) was released from custody on 17 February after being in prison since May 2013. The predominant reaction among his friends and family was rejoicing at his release and at the fact that he will now be able to obtain medical treatment for varicose veins which have been causing him much pain.
- 7th February, 2014694CENTRAL
Religiously-motivated violence has been going on in the Central African Republic (CAR) since the government was overthrown in March 2013 when Muslim rebels seized power.
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