Remember the South Korean hostage crises? Last year a group of South Koreans went on a thirty day mission of mercy in Afghanistan. They were kidnapped by the Taliban and held for ransom. Two of the Koreans were executed before the rest were released. (See the link below for posts on this blog covering the crises.) The government of South Korea, in response, has been considering a ban on all missionary activity in the entire Middle East.
Here is an article dealing with the disturbing news that Vladimir Putin is enlisting the aid of the Russian Orthodox Church in cementing his power. It looks like the price for giving the Orthodox Church power in Russia is the suppression of all other forms of religion, including all other branches of the Christian faith.
Brazil is considering a ban on the public display of religious symbols.