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Fri, 20 May 2022
The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.
Francesco Zanardi has spent the past 12 years documenting sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in Italy, filling a vacuum he says is caused by the refusal of the country's Church thus far to launch a major investigation.
Following the arrest of pro-democracy Cardinal Joseph Zen, some Catholic community members in Hong Kong worry the government may now shift the focus of its crackdown to the religious community.
Mob lynchings of Muslims who look visibly Muslim have arisen in the past, say Akanksha Singh and Roshan Abbas.
Thu, 19 May 2022
A new relationship and sex education (RSE) programme, 'Flourish' has been provided to Catholic Primary schools in Northern Ireland. Topics covered do not include contraception.
A schoolboy aged just 13 has been arrested in west London on suspicion of being Britain's youngest jihadi.
The Church of England is creating a new website to help "change the narrative about Christianity in the English speaking world". The initial four year project will cost more than £1 million.
Religion Media Centre
Survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) in West Yorkshire have spoken out about the pain and suffering they have endured in a bid to encourage other women to get help.
Current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered "a rape culture" for more than 10 years.
Organisations that support and promote atheism in India are being attacked by Hindutva activists.
Religion News Service
In Varanasi, one of the world's oldest living cities, Hindus and Muslims have prayed close to each other in a temple and a mosque that sit cheek by jowl. Now the place is in the throes of a dispute which could stoke fresh tensions in Hindu-majority India, where Muslims are the largest religious minority.
Lawmakers in Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero voted on Tuesday to allow abortions, making it the ninth of the country's 32 federal entities where women can legally end pregnancies amid a recent wave of loosening restrictions around the procedure.
When Romania's communist dictator outlawed termination and contraception he condemned thousands of women to death and set his regime on the road to ruin, says Poppy Koronka.
"Extremist mobs share the same motivation with terrorist groups. Both are bent on forcing their interpretation of their faith on everyone."
Wed, 18 May 2022
A London school has banned the niqab from being worn on their premises, following a look at their dress-code policy.
‘Hostile’ Home Office officials blamed for leaking report calling for more scrutiny of Islamist extremism
Allies of William Shawcross, the author of the report, claimed it was a political leak to undermine a key recommendation that Prevent should be refocused on Islamic rather than Right-wing extremism as the biggest threat to public safety.
Is the government effectively addressing the challenge posed by extremist ideologies in the UK, asks Paul Stott.
Mark Drakeford said he "regrets" that a US evangelist will appear at a conference centre which is partly owned by the Welsh government.
Last year, hundreds of human remains were found at former church-run schools. From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forced to attend such schools.
Checks on kosher meats entering Northern Ireland from Britain are "insane", Boris Johnson has told members of Belfast's Jewish community. The Reverend David Kale, minister for Belfast's Jewish community, last year called for an exemption to be made on religious grounds.
The Irish News*
The probable demise of abortion as a federal right in the US will be a "catastrophe" for women in low and middle-income countries, with an emboldened anti-choice movement likely to raise renewed pressure on hard-won gains, doctors and activists have warned.
What had been a slow, deliberate erosion of abortion rights over the 50 years since the court's ruling in Roe now seemed to be a flash flood of increasingly severe restrictions and proposals cropping up at the state level, abortion rights advocates say, as antiabortion Republicans envision a post-Roe world.
The Washington Post*
New Mexico Catholic diocese forks out $121.5million to settle bankruptcy case caused by sex abuse scandal
One of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States announced a settlement agreement on Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal.
Hidden away in a residential neighbourhood is one of Afghanistan's new "secret" schools - a small but powerful act of defiance against the Taliban.
Tue, 17 May 2022
The government's counter-terrorism programme has been too focused on rightwing extremism and should now crack down on Islamist extremism, according to leaked draft extracts from a landmark review of the Prevent strategy.
The case against an open air preacher from Loughbrickland has come before the courts for the first time since he was arrested.
Many children in NI are segregated by academic performance and even gender, but the main criterion for division is that of religion, says David Bell.
The French city of Grenoble has formally allowed Muslim women to wear burkinis, or swimming costumes covering the whole body, in public pools.
A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianise them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their identities and ultimately their land.
The Associated Press
In many US states, BBC News has seen misleading websites advertising anti-abortion 'clinics' appearing high up in Google search results, while genuine abortion providers are having their ads rejected and accounts restricted.
If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalised abortion in the U.S., the nation may find itself on a path similar to that trod by the Irish people from 1983 to 2018, says Gretchen E. Ely.
Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows.
The Associated Press
Australia: Marist Brothers appointed known child abuser as principal of Melbourne school in 1980, court told
A Catholic order made the "unthinkable" decision to appoint a known child abuser as the principal of one of its Melbourne schools, allowing him to molest boys in his office unchecked on a "regular basis", a court has heard.
What is happening right now in Afghanistan is the most serious women's rights crisis in the world today, says Heather Barr.
Mon, 16 May 2022
Thousands of people were taking part in protests across the US on Saturday to decry the supreme court's expected reversal of the landmark 1973 law that made abortion legal in America.
Democrats' slide into Christian nationalism may have gotten Clinton and Obama elected. But it came at a big price, says Jacques Berlinerblau.
Abortion rights campaigners gathered at the US consulate in Edinburgh on Saturday to protest the potential overturning of Roe vs Wade, as pressure mounts on the Scottish Government to introduce buffer zones around reproductive health centres in Scotland.
A teenage white supremacist accused of slaughtering 10 people in a racist massacre at a US supermarket branded Mayor of London Sadiq Khan a 'high profile enemy' and 'Muslim invader' in a twisted manifesto.
A Brighton MP has described the "pain and agony" caused as his partner underwent conversion therapy, and criticised the Government's proposals to address the issue.
Brighton & Hove News
Germany train attack: Five people injured as knifeman stabs passengers and police probe ‘terror link’
German police are investigating after five train passengers were injured in an apparent random knife attack on Friday morning, which detectives said may be linked to Islamist terrorism.
Spain's Socialist-led coalition government is preparing a law that would allow women over the age of 16 to have abortions without permission from their parents or guardians.
Anti-abortion activists have protested in Croatia amid a fierce debate about reproductive rights in the country.
Hundreds of people in Nigeria's north-western city of Sokoto demonstrated on Saturday over the arrest of two students after the murder of a Christian student accused of blasphemy, residents said.
It is high time Nigeria confronted the elephant in the room that is Islamic extremism, says Leo Igwe.
A Kenyan nurse who campaigns against early marriage and female genital mutilation says she is "speechless" after winning a prize of $250,000.
Three hotels in Qatar will refuse to accommodate same-sex couples when people travel to the Gulf country for the World Cup this year despite FIFA's assurances they will be allowed to book rooms, a Scandinavian media survey has discovered.
Fri, 13 May 2022
At-home medical abortions will continue in Scotland as standard practice, the Scottish government has confirmed.
A bill to ban anti-abortion protests outside health settings in Northern Ireland has been delayed from becoming law.
The government is to fund a helpline for people who have had, or are at risk of, all forms of so-called conversion therapy.
Liverpool LGBT+ community to host 'inclusive' event for arrival of American preacher Franklin Graham
The LGBT+ community in Liverpool is holding an event to show the city is an inclusive place in preparation for the arrival of a controversial American preacher.
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