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Fri, 30 Jul 2021
Northern Ireland's First Minister has said he will block any move by Westminster to force Stormont to set up full abortion services.
Central Fife Times
Manchester Arena mass murderer Hashem Abedi is refusing to take part in any 'de-radicalisation' programmes in prison, a new TV investigation claims.
Manchester Evening News
Beijing Winter Olympics: Raab 'unlikely' to attend as calls grow for boycott over China's alleged Uighur abuses
Dominic Raab has said it is "unlikely" that he will attend the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, amid growing calls for British dignitaries to boycott the event over alleged human rights abuses in China.
A British man who went to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group has admitted sharing beheading videos.
Canada: Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents
The Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars that were supposed to go to residential school survivors on lawyers, administration, a private fundraising company and unapproved loans, according to documents that formed part of a court record.
A Catholic priest has been banned by a Winnipeg archdiocese from speaking publicly after accusing residential school survivors of lying about sexual abuse to get more money from court settlements, of spreading falsehoods about residential schools, and joking about shooting those writing graffiti on churches, among other comments.
Former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy, court documents showed Thursday, making him the most senior Roman Catholic official in America to face criminal charges in the massive clergy abuse scandal.
Since the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, Greg Locke, the pastor at a Nashville-area church, has repeatedly called covid a hoax, undermined emergency mandates and refused to comply with guidance from public health officials.
The Washington Post*
New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended to change a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, known as LGBT conversion therapy.
About 54% of South Africans say they are unlikely to get a Covid-19 vaccine and almost half say they believe prayer provides more protection than the shots against contracting the disease, a survey showed.
Tunisian local media say prosecutors have opened investigations into alleged foreign campaign funding and anonymous donations to Islamist movement Ennahdha and two other political parties.
Russia on Wednesday issued a warning about the threat of the Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, saying they are pouring into the war-torn country from Syria, Libya and elsewhere.
Thu, 29 Jul 2021
Catholic church leaders accuse British government of imposing 'an unjust law' over abortion plan in NI
Catholic church leaders have accused the British government of imposing "an unjust law" after it revealed plans to direct the introduction of abortion in Northern Ireland.
The Irish News*
A victim of childhood sexual abuse in Bradford was raped by multiple men, physically abused and forced into an illegal Islamic marriage while she was still a child.
Violence against Jewish people in London spiked in the spring following escalating tensions in the Middle East, new figures show.
As the Parliamentary Education Committee highlights in a new report, no one is exactly sure how many children are being homeschooled – and that is worrying, says James Moore.
The Irish media are "being managed to serve distorted and sometimes questionable ends, which are calculated to deprive us of our critical faculties", the Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, has declared.
The Irish Times*
'I saw the Christian flag directly to my front,' recounted police officer Daniel Hodges. 'Another read 'Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president.''
Religion News Service
A US appeals court has ruled against a web designer who didn't want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples and sued to challenge Colorado's anti-discrimination law, another twist in a series of court rulings nationwide about whether businesses denying services to LGBTQ people amounts to bias or freedom of speech.
The Associated Press
An Indian teenager was killed by members of her family and then hung from a bridge because she wore jeans, it has been claimed.
‘Taliban “has not changed,” say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule’
The Taliban insurgents continue their deadly war to seize control of Afghanistan after the departure of United States and NATO forces. Afghan women may have the most to fear from these Islamic militants, say Homa Hoodfar and Mona Tajali.
Attacks and blasphemy cases against Pakistan's Ahmadi sect spike, driven by the rise of a far-right group and a religious campaigner.
Wed, 28 Jul 2021
Offensive or irresponsible speech should never be met with violence.
A plan to build a 1,200-pupil secondary school in Oldham for The Cranmer Education Trust has been given the go-ahead.
Leaked legislation, which is reported to have cross-party support in the largely conservative Christian country, would make it illegal for citizens not to report sexual minorities to the police.
MP in Victoria calls for recital of the lord's prayer before every sitting of parliament to be scrapped
An MP in the Australian region has said the reciting of the lord's prayer before parliamentary sittings should be scrapped and replaced with a 'moment of reflection'.
Daily Mail Australia
A Hindu girl abducted and forced to marry a Muslim man in Sindh province of Pakistan has been reunited with her parents by local authorities.
A 27-year-old woman was first shot and then slaughtered by a male acquaintance in Islamabad last week. Experts say Noor Mukadam's brutal murder puts a spotlight on toxic misogyny in Pakistani society.
A historic trial of 10 companies and individuals, including a cardinal, on charges including corruption and fraud may reconfigure everything about how the Vatican runs its finances.
Religion News Service
Tue, 27 Jul 2021
A committee of MPs is calling for a national register of home-educated children in England, saying there is an "unacceptable level of opaqueness" surrounding the issue.
A former Christian Brother who in the early 1970s took young boys to the front of his class to put his hands down their trousers and sexually assault them has been jailed for three years.
The Irish Times*
Bexy Cameron spent her childhood in the Children of God cult, expecting to die as a teenager.
The Irish Times*
The State of Mississippi filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Thursday defending the state's ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy and asking the court to overturn Roe v. Wade when it hears arguments on the case in the fall, raising the stakes of what was already set to be the term's biggest reproductive rights case.
For decades, abortion opponents urged the Court to lie about abortion restrictions. They don't need to anymore, says Ian Millhiser.
Policies requiring vaccination against COVID-19 need not include, and should not include, exceptions for those who have religious objections to vaccinations, says Erwin Chemerinsky.
Los Angeles Times
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she has agreed to a request from Turkish authorities to accept the return of a New Zealand citizen accused of having links to the Islamic State, and her two young children.
Maldives police say a local group that sympathizes with the Islamic State group carried out an assassination attempt in May on former President Mohamed Nasheed.
Israel's new government is looking to take advantage of a rare political opportunity to push more ultra-Orthodox Jewish men into the workforce to boost the economy, a measure that could pit powerful religious leaders against politicians.
Mon, 26 Jul 2021
A woman has been slashed with a knife at Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park, police have said. Footage shared on social media shows someone dressed in black approaching a woman wearing a Charlie Hebdo T-shirt.
Magistrates in London have ruled a Christian street preacher, who was fined and prosecuted, was entitled to evangelise and gather during lockdown.
Premier Christian News
Purchasers will need to have a consultation with pharmacists before being sold two types of progesterone-only, so-called "mini pills - but will not require a prescription from their GP.
Thousands of people demanded that Boris Johnson "stop stalling on LGBT+ rights" in the UK at Saturday's Reclaim Pride march.
The PM is intimately involved in the governance of the Church of England. So this question of conscience is a public interest question, says Robert Peston.
The Vatican has released information on its real estate holdings for the first time, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties, as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever.
The French National Assembly on approved the controversial "anti-separatism" bill despite strong criticisms from parliamentarians from the Left and the Right.
A popular comedian was among several people summarily killed by Taliban forces in Afghanistan where tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing the advancing insurgents.
Foreign troops sent to reinforce local security forces in Mozambique have clashed with Islamist militants for the first time, as the conflict in the east African country moves into a new and potentially dangerous phase.
More than 150 boarding schools for Indigenous children in the United States were operated by religious groups between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries — and churches are now reckoning with their traumatic legacy.
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