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French Ban on Muslim Face Veils Upheld by European Rights Court

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban by France on wearing the Muslim full-face veil – the niqab. A case was brought by a 24-year-old French woman, who argued that the ban on wearing the veil in public violated her freedom of religion and expression. French law says nobody can wear in […]

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Christian Suspended After Muslim Colleague Complains She Prayed with Her

LONDON – A Christian occupational therapist has been disciplined for praying for a Muslim colleague, despite being encouraged by the colleague to talk about her faith. Victoria Wasteney, Head of Occupational Therapy at the East London NHS trust, prayed for the newly-qualified Muslim worker after she expressed concerns about her health. When Victoria offered to […]

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Swedish Midwife Sues State Over Dismissal for Refusing to Aid in Abortions

(Morning Star News) – A Scandinavian rights group has filed suit against the Swedish government on behalf of a Christian woman who was fired for refusing to perform abortions. Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, a non-governmental organization that describes itself as dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and human dignity, states in the […]

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Iraq Militants Announce New Islamic State

(RNS) An al-Qaida breakaway group that seized large swaths of Iraq in recent weeks declared Sunday (June 29) the creation of a new religious state in Iraq and Syria, as it continued to repel government forces in Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein. The militant group called the Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Chinese Christians Tearfully Sing Hymn as Church Cross Removed: Video

Wenzhou City, China – Christians are vowing to stand firm for Christ amid much persecution by officials in a Chinese province where church buildings continue to be demolished, and where believers in a recent video can be seen bursting into tearful song about the cross and how their sins were washed away by the blood of Jesus […]

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(CNN) — Militants with black masks stand by as 15-year-old Mohammed watches a video of fighters cutting off a man’s head. “This is jihad for the sake of God,” the men with Kalashnikov rifles say. Mohammed begins to feel lost, confused. “Does God want me to do jihad?” he wonders. This is Mohammed’s eyewitness account, […]

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World Vision Under Internal Reformation After Support of Homosexuality?

(RNS) World Vision tested its boundaries three months ago when it announced it would allow its employees to be in so-called homosexual ‘marriages’. The policy, however, was short-lived; the relief group reversed it within 48 hours after supporters threatened to pull donations. In the past, World Vision has requested that it be known as a […]

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Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Hang for Refusing to Convert to Islam Freed

KHARTOUM, Sudan (RNS) – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam has been freed after an appeals court canceled the death sentence, according to the state-run news agency SUNA. Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Roman Catholic and mother of two, had been sentenced to hang in April […]

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Muslim Militants Post Grisly Images of Mass Killing in Iraq

BAGHDAD – As the Iraqi government bolstered Baghdad’s defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers. The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, […]

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Canada Issues New Birth Certificate to 12-Year Old Girl Who Identifies as a Boy

EDMONTON, Canada – A 12-year-old transgender Alberta girl has been granted a new birth certificate that recognizes her as male. Wren Kauffman was presented with the new document on Sunday in Edmonton during a Pride festival brunch hosted by the city’s mayor. The province’s culture minister, Heather Klimchuk, made the presentation. Continue reading this story […]

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