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Jan 14, 2014

Religious groups face increased hostility worldwide – report

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

(Reuters) – Violence and discrimination against religious groups by governments and rival faiths have reached new highs in all regions of the world except the Americas, according to a new Pew Research Centre report.

Social hostility such as attacks on minority faiths or pressure to conform to certain norms was strong in one-third of the 198 countries and territories surveyed in 2012, especially in the Middle East and North Africa, it said on Tuesday.

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Reported Christian ‘martyr’ deaths double in 2013, Open Doors survey says

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Bishop-General Macarius, a Coptic Orthodox leader, walks around the burnt and damaged Evangelical Church in Egypt’s Minya governorate, about 245 km (152 miles) south of Cairo, August 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.