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- Russian Orthodox and Muslim leaders from four predominantly Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union—Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—have reached an unprecedented interfaith agreement to contain denominations and aberrant religious groups that are gaining influence in central Asia. At an October meeting in the Uzbekistan capital, Tashkent, Muslim and Russian Orthodox leaders vowed to cooperate in stopping the influence of evangelical Christians, Baptists, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

- The Confraternidad Latinoamericana de Iglesias Reformadas (CLIR), a new fellowship of Presbyterian and Reformed churches in Latin America, has been formed by a group representing 11 nations and 14 denominations. CLIR is the South American branch of the World Fellowship of Reformed Churches, a network of evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed denominations.

- Services at the Church of England's Sheffield Nine O'Clock Service (NOS) have been suspended after 20 women accused NOS cofounder Chris Brain of sexual abuse. The NOS alternative worship Planetary Mass featured mixed multimedia on stage, including bikini-clad female dancers. Brain resigned from the NOS last year.

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