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UK: Imam Muhammad Yasir Ayub openly promotes sectarianism
August 29, 2018 By Faith Matters

UK: Imam Muhammad Yasir Ayub openly promotes sectarianism

We have written before on many occasions about Imam Muhammad Yasir Ayub. His abuse against the small but beleaguered Ahmadi Muslim community in the U.K. has been documented by us, as we have also done so regarding his anti-Shia rants. However, one would assume that he may have changed his mind over the last year, but […]

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UK: Notting Hill Carnival drums fall silent for Grenfell victims
August 29, 2018 By Faith Matters

UK: Notting Hill Carnival drums fall silent for Grenfell victims

Hundreds of thousands of revellers attending London’s annual Notting Hill Carnival fell silent for 72 seconds on Monday to honour the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire last year. Musicians dressed in vibrant colours set down their instruments in a mark of respect and sound systems that had been booming out Caribbean […]

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U.S.: Court rejects atheists’ appeal over ‘In God We Trust’ on currency
August 29, 2018 By Faith Matters

U.S.: Court rejects atheists’ appeal over ‘In God We Trust’ on currency

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said printing “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency is constitutional, citing its longstanding use and saying it was not coercive. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St Paul, Minnesota rejected claims by 29 atheists, children of atheists and atheist groups that inscribing the national motto on […]

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Turkey: Freedoms suffer as government blocks decades-old mothers’ vigil
August 29, 2018 By Faith Matters

Turkey: Freedoms suffer as government blocks decades-old mothers’ vigil

Every Saturday for 23 years, dozens of people have held a vigil in a central Istanbul square, sitting in silence and holding pictures of relatives who went missing in police detention. The group was about to stage their 700th demonstration last Saturday when Turkish police told them their protest was banned, before firing tear gas […]

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Germany: Merkel’s conservatives under fire over right-wing radicalism
August 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

Germany: Merkel’s conservatives under fire over right-wing radicalism

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives faced accusations on Thursday of ignoring the rise of far-right groups in the eastern German state of Saxony after an incident there involving an off-duty police employee at an anti-Islam rally. Saxony’s interior ministry confirmed late on Wednesday that the police employee had attended a march by anti-Islam group PEGIDA last […]

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China: Student activists disappear after police raid
August 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

China: Student activists disappear after police raid

Police in riot gear stormed an apartment in southern China on Friday where about 40 student activists and others supporting factory workers seeking to form a labour union were staying, according to activists who said they received a video of the raid as it was taking place. The video footage, which was shared with Reuters, […]

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Iraq: U.N. team starts work on Islamic State crimes
August 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

Iraq: U.N. team starts work on Islamic State crimes

A U.N. investigative team that will collect and preserve evidence of acts by Islamic State in Iraq that may be war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide started work this week, nearly a year after the Security Council created it. At last September’s annual U.N. gathering of world leaders, the council unanimously adopted a British-drafted […]

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Uganda: Lawmaker remanded in custody on treason charges
August 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

Uganda: Lawmaker remanded in custody on treason charges

An opposition Ugandan lawmaker was charged with treason on Thursday over his alleged role in the stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy this month. A civilian magistrate ordered Robert Kyagulanyi remanded in custody until Aug. 30 and granted him access to private doctors, citing the “health of the accused”, according to footage broadcast on private […]

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Vietnam: Two Vietnamese-Americans jailed for bomb attacks
August 23, 2018 By Faith Matters

Vietnam: Two Vietnamese-Americans jailed for bomb attacks

A Vietnamese court found two Vietnamese-Americans guilty of terrorism on Wednesday and sentenced them to 14 years in prison for masterminding a series of bomb plots earlier this year, a court official told Reuters. James Nguyen and Angel Phan were convicted, along with 10 accomplices who received short jail terms, after a two day trial. […]

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Europe: New data law upends global online advertising
August 23, 2018 By Faith Matters

Europe: New data law upends global online advertising

Europe’s new data privacy law has put a small army of tech firms that track people online in jeopardy and is strengthening the hand of giants such as Google and Facebook in the $200 billion global digital advertising industry. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/justice-and-fundamental-rights/data-protection/2018-reform-eu-data-protection-rules_en) brought in by the European Union in May is […]

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