Brian O�Connor: �My story, a Christian in a Saudi jail�

Death toll in Syria and Iraq more than double in 2014
More than 90,000 people were killed last year: more than 76,000 in Syria and 15,000 in Iraq. However, activists say the actual figure is likely much higher because of the lack of verifiable statistics from areas under the control of the Islamic State.
Despite suspected ties to the old regime, Essebsi is the new president of Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi wins more than 55 per cent of the vote. More than 3.1 million voters cast their ballots with a turnout of around 60 per cent. The new president dedicates the victory to "the martyrs of Tunisia," stating that he "will be president for all Tunisians". His challenger admits defeat and pledges cooperation for the sake of "national unity". The economy and Islamism are the main challenges.
Pope: the 15 "diseases" of the Curia, from careerism to "gossip", from pomposity to accumulation of wealth
In a speech entitled "The Roman Curia and the Body of Christ", Francis lists a "catalogue" of "curial diseases" that "weaken our service to the Lord." You can not live without "a relationship with Christ that is vital, personal, authentic and solid." "The closer we are to God the more we are united among ourselves." An examination of conscience is needed.
Faisalabad, appeal to Christians and Muslims: Stop exploitation of women workers
On the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, NGOs and activists launch appeals to the government for the protection of women in the workplace. Unions call for women to come together "in associations" and speak with "one voice". Condemnation of slavery and the exploitation of child labor.
Pope: in Turkey, Fanaticism and fundamentalism, need to be countered by religious liberty, dialoge and the solidarity of all believers
The drama of the Middle East was the focus of Francis first address on his arrival in Ankara. " it is licit, while always respecting international law, to stop an unjust aggressor". "It it is essential that all citizens – Muslim, Jewish and Christian – both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties".