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Women face new trial in Egypt for ‘indecent’ videos on TikTok
January 15, 2021 By Faith Matters

Women face new trial in Egypt for ‘indecent’ videos on TikTok

An Egyptian judge overturned an acquittal verdict of two young women who were jailed last year for posting “indecent” videos on the social media video app TikTok, ordering their pretrial detention for 15 days over fresh charges of “human trafficking”, a judicial source said. A Cairo court has accused 20-year-old student Haneen Hossam and 22-year-old […]

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Fire destroys hundreds of homes in Rohingya refugee camp
January 14, 2021 By Faith Matters

Fire destroys hundreds of homes in Rohingya refugee camp

A fire has raced through a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, destroying hundreds of homes, officials said. No casualties were reported, but the UNHCR said more than 550 homes sheltering about 3,500 people as well as 150 shops were totally or partially destroyed in the fire. The fire broke out early on Thursday […]

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Temporary mortuary for 1,300 bodies ‘sobering reminder’ of coronavirus impact
January 14, 2021 By Faith Matters

Temporary mortuary for 1,300 bodies ‘sobering reminder’ of coronavirus impact

A new temporary mortuary that can hold up to 1,300 bodies has been built in London as the capital faces a growing Covid-19 death toll. A council leader described how the newly-built facility in north-west London acted as a “sobering reminder” of how the pandemic is affecting thousands of lives as he urged people to […]

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Reading terror attacker handed whole-life sentence for park murders
January 11, 2021 By Faith Matters

Reading terror attacker handed whole-life sentence for park murders

The Reading terror attacker who murdered three men in a park in a “swift, ruthless and brutal” knife attack has been handed a whole-life sentence. Khairi Saadallah, 26, shouted “Allahu akhbar” as he fatally stabbed friends James Furlong, 36, Dr David Wails, 49, and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, on June 20 last year.

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Anger as China says it is freeing Uighur women from being ‘baby-making machines’
January 11, 2021 By Faith Matters

Anger as China says it is freeing Uighur women from being ‘baby-making machines’

A Chinese official denied Beijing has imposed coercive birth control measures among Muslim minority women, following an outcry over a tweet by the Chinese Embassy in Washington claiming that government polices had freed women of the Uighur ethnic group from being “baby-making machines”. Xu Guixiang, a deputy spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, told reporters […]

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Terrorist stabbed three people to death in less than a minute, court told
January 5, 2021 By Faith Matters

Terrorist stabbed three people to death in less than a minute, court told

Three men were “executed” in a Reading park by a “ruthlessly efficient” terrorist in less than one minute, a court has heard. Khairi Saadallah, 26, shouted “Allahu akhbar” during the violent spree which left teacher James Furlong, 36, scientist David Wails, 49, and US citizen Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, dead. Three other people – Stephen Young, […]

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Arrests made after mob demolishes Hindu temple in Pakistan
December 31, 2020 By Faith Matters

Arrests made after mob demolishes Hindu temple in Pakistan

A mob led by members of Pakistan’s radical Islamist party demolished a Hindu temple after setting it on fire in a deeply conservative northwestern town, a senior police official said. The incident in the town of Karak drew condemnation from human rights activists and Pakistan’s minister for human rights, Shireen Mazari. Ms Mazari went on […]

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1,800 Rohingya relocated to isolated island
December 30, 2020 By Faith Matters

1,800 Rohingya relocated to isolated island

Seven Bangladesh navy ships carrying 1,804 Rohingya refugees have arrived at an isolated island where they will be relocated despite concerns among human rights groups about their safety. They reached Bhashan Char island, 21 miles from the mainland, after a four-hour naval journey from the port city of Chittagong, government official Mohammed Khurshed Alam Khan […]

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Migrants from Bosnia camp kept in buses as relocation halted
December 30, 2020 By Faith Matters

Migrants from Bosnia camp kept in buses as relocation halted

Hundreds of migrants from a burned-out tent camp in north-west Bosnia remain packed in buses where they had spent the night after an attempt to relocate them failed. Bosnian authorities sent buses on Tuesday to transfer the migrants from the much-criticised Lipa camp to an army barracks in central Bosnia. The mass move was cancelled […]

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Man who broadcast synagogue attack live on gaming site guilty of murder
December 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

Man who broadcast synagogue attack live on gaming site guilty of murder

A German court has convicted a right-wing extremist of murder and attempted murder and sentenced him to life in prison for his attack on a synagogue last year on Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day. He killed two people after he failed to gain entry to the building. The October 9 2019 attack is considered one […]

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