Recent attacks against Christians in Egypt and Iraq have drawn attention to the Middle East's Christian populations, which are dwindling as Christians flee violence, political strife, and persecution. Christians made up more than 20 percent of the region's population in the early 20th century, but today, they make up less than 10 percent. Here is a look at the status of Christians in seven key countries, from Egypt to Iran.
Priests called for calm as mourners gathered Sunday at the scene of the New Year's Eve church bombing that killed 21 and wounded 90 in Alexandria, Egypt.
At least 21 were killed in an Egypt church bombing early today that came just as 1,000 Coptic Christians were leaving a New Year's Eve mass in Alexandria.
The US ally is moving in a more authoritarian direction ahead of an impending presidential succession. In recent elections marred by fraud, the ruling party captured a near monopoly on parliament.
A tightly controlled Egypt election appears to have given President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party its biggest share of the legislature in 15 years.
The Egypt election for parliament today saw a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and complaints of more fraud than in 2005. Even secular opposition candidates found it tough going.
After weeks of intimidation and a roundup of dozens of Muslim Brotherhood activists, the Egypt election is looking like a landslide for the ruling National Democratic Party of President Hosni Mubarak
Egypt's opposition politicians and their supporters have faced a steady stream of harassment in the lead-up to Sunday's parliamentary election.