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Tommy Robinson must wait for ruling on Syrian teenager’s libel claim
July 20, 2021 By Faith Matters

Tommy Robinson must wait for ruling on Syrian teenager’s libel claim

Tommy Robinson faces a wait to find out whether he has won or lost a libel case brought against him by a Syrian boy who was filmed being attacked at school. The English Defence League founder – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – is being sued by Jamal Hijazi, who was recorded being bullied […]

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Israel’s prime minister has no plans to change rules at sacred Jerusalem site
July 19, 2021 By Faith Matters

Israel’s prime minister has no plans to change rules at sacred Jerusalem site

Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett is not changing the norms at a contested site in Jerusalem to allow Jewish prayer there, his office said, following comments that sparked angry reactions a day earlier. Mr Bennett, Israel’s new premier, had raised concerns on Sunday when he said Israel was committed to protecting “freedom of worship” for […]

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Danish cartoonist whose work sparked anger in Muslim world dies aged 86
July 19, 2021 By Faith Matters

Danish cartoonist whose work sparked anger in Muslim world dies aged 86

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, whose image of the Prophet Mohammed was at the centre of widespread anti-Danish anger in the Muslim world in the mid-2000s, has died aged 86. Mr Westergaard’s family announced his death to Danish media late on Sunday and told the newspaper Berlingske that Mr Westergaard died in his sleep after a […]

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Radical preacher Anjem Choudary’s public speaking ban lifted
July 17, 2021 By Faith Matters

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary’s public speaking ban lifted

A ban on radical preacher Anjem Choudary speaking in public is being lifted as licence conditions which were imposed after his release from prison come to an end. The extremist was jailed five years ago after being convicted of inviting support for the Islamic State terror group, and he left Belmarsh high-security jail on licence […]

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Police facing ‘toxic mix’ of mental health issues and online extremism
July 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Police facing ‘toxic mix’ of mental health issues and online extremism

Counter-terrorism police are facing “a toxic mix” of mental health issues and online radicalisation as the country comes out of lockdown, a senior officer has warned. Commander Richard Smith, head of the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command, said young people in particular had been left at greater risk of online radicalisation during lockdown. Giving evidence to […]

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Bosnian genocide survivor recalls joy of birdsong after fleeing conflict for UK
July 6, 2021 By Faith Matters

Bosnian genocide survivor recalls joy of birdsong after fleeing conflict for UK

An architect has recalled spending his first “beautiful” days in Newcastle after fleeing his war-torn Bosnian town as a schoolboy to escape the genocide. Smajo Beso, now 36, said he heard birdsong for the first time in years after arriving in the north-east of England on July 19 1994, after Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic […]

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Islamist extremist motive considered by investigators probing Germany attack
June 30, 2021 By Faith Matters

Islamist extremist motive considered by investigators probing Germany attack

German investigators said that an Islamist extremist motivation for last week’s fatal knife attack in Wuerzburg appears likely, but they have not so far found any propaganda or other extremist material. They also plan more checks on the suspect’s mental health. Friday’s assault in and outside a store in the centre of the Bavarian city […]

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Man facing terror charges diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, court told
June 24, 2021 By Faith Matters

Man facing terror charges diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, court told

A man accused of preparing acts of terrorism and claiming “all Muslims must die” has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a court has heard. Richard Smith, 28, is charged with engaging in preparations “with the intention of committing acts of terrorism” between August 2018 and November 2019 at addresses in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland. […]

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Israeli foreign minister to visit UAE
June 21, 2021 By Faith Matters

Israeli foreign minister to visit UAE

Israel’s new foreign minister will head to the United Arab Emirates next week for the first-ever visit by a top Israeli diplomat to the Gulf country, the Foreign Ministry said. Foreign minister Yair Lapid’s visit comes after the two countries normalised relations last year in an agreement brokered by the Trump administration, the first of […]

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Timeline: Usman Khan’s path to murder
June 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Timeline: Usman Khan’s path to murder

Usman Khan’s path to his death on London Bridge at the hands of police marksmen followed a long history of involvement in extremism. He killed his two victims at Fishmongers’ Hall at an event which had been intended to celebrate prisoners who had taken steps on the path to reform. Here is a timeline of […]

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