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People take part in a vigil at Trafalgar Square, London, after the New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub (AP)

2017 is set to be another bleak year unless serious progress in tackling terrorism is made

Members of a Turkish forces honour guard carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of Ambassador Andrei Karlov (AP)

In a telegram to President Vladimir Putin, the Pope assured Russian people of his prayers and spiritual solidarity

An unnamed gunman pictured shortly after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

It’s time all nations stopped enabling repressive regimes

Russian writer Irina Ratushinskaya (Mikhail Evstafiev)

Poet and author Irina Ratushinskaya was imprisoned in a labour camp for four years

Russian Patriarch Kirill attends a blessing ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church in Paris (AP)

Patriarch Kirill led a sanctifying ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church

Lithuanian Archbishop Gintaras Grusas in 2013 (CNS)

Archbishop Gintaras Grusas said that Lithuanians felt reassured by NATO support

Francois Fillon puts his hand on his hear after delivering a speech following the conservative presidential primary (AP)

Catholic politician has promised to defend ‘French values’ if he is elected

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Middle East Christians in America and beyond appear to be behind the new president due to his pro-Russian, anti-Saudi leanings

Patriarch Kirill blesses the congregation during the consecration of the Cathedral of the Dormition (AP)

The patriarch met the Queen and Archbishop of Canterbury during his time in London

The American intervention might have made things worse, but it was the last chance to stop Assad and his allies (AP)

if America had overthrown the Assad regime three years ago, there might have been a chance of ending the carnage