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Appeal by British charities to fight Covid-19 in world’s poorest countries
July 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Appeal by British charities to fight Covid-19 in world’s poorest countries

A collection of British charities have launched a new appeal to raise funds to fight coronavirus in refugee camps and poor communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries. The UK Government has pledged to match the first £5 million in donations made by the public to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC, […]

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Museum of London records call to prayer for Ramadan project
June 28, 2020 By Faith Matters

Museum of London records call to prayer for Ramadan project

The Museum of London is collecting objects to reflect how the Muslim community experienced Ramadan during lockdown. It is part of a project to reflect Londoners’ lives during the pandemic to provide a record for future generations. One strand will be Ramadan, from earlier this year, with the museum recording calls to prayer at the […]

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Mayor tells vigil Reading community ‘shall not be divided’ by terror attack
June 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

Mayor tells vigil Reading community ‘shall not be divided’ by terror attack

The mayor of Reading has said the town’s community “shall not be divided” by the recent terror attack at a vigil held in memory of the victims one week on. Cllr David Stevens said the Berkshire town would always be “inclusive and diverse” at a private memorial event held in Market Place on Saturday evening. […]

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Mississippi moves toward stripping Confederate image from flag
June 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

Mississippi moves toward stripping Confederate image from flag

Mississippi legislators have taken the first steps toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism amid nationwide protests against racial injustice. The second-ranking officer in the Mississippi house, Jason White, told his colleagues: “The eyes of the state, the nation and indeed the world, are […]

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YouTuber jailed for ‘despicable’ threat to bomb hospital treating Covid patients
June 18, 2020 By Faith Matters

YouTuber jailed for ‘despicable’ threat to bomb hospital treating Covid patients

A YouTuber who recorded himself phoning a “truly despicable” bomb threat to an NHS trust dealing with Covid-19 patients has been jailed for 12 weeks. Matthew Wain, who was angry at a supposed lack of treatment at Birmingham City Hospital during the first week of lockdown, told an emergency department worker: “Not being funny… after […]

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IS fanatic incited car, bomb and meat cleaver attack in Germany, court told
June 15, 2020 By Faith Matters

IS fanatic incited car, bomb and meat cleaver attack in Germany, court told

An Islamic State-inspired fanatic incited a terror cell in Germany to commit a mass casualty attack with a car, bomb and meat cleaver, a court has heard. Fatah Abdullah, of Arthur’s Hill in Newcastle, set about learning how to make a pressure cooker bomb to relay the information to continental conspirators Omar Babek and Ahmed […]

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Emmanuel Macron condemns racism but rules out removal of contested statues
June 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Emmanuel Macron condemns racism but rules out removal of contested statues

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to stand firm against racism but also praised police and insisted that France would not take down statues of controversial, colonial-era figures. It was the first time Mr Macron has spoken on the issues since George Floyd’s death in the US unleashed protests around the world, including several in […]

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PM sets up commission to look at ‘all aspects’ of racial inequality in UK
June 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

PM sets up commission to look at ‘all aspects’ of racial inequality in UK

Boris Johnson has pledged to establish a cross-government commission to examine “all aspects” of racial inequality in Britain. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the Prime Minister acknowledged that Britain had much more to do to deal with the issue. He said the commission on race and ethnic disparities would look at “all aspects of inequality […]

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Charge after man appears to urinate next to Pc Keith Palmer memorial
June 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Charge after man appears to urinate next to Pc Keith Palmer memorial

A 28-year-old has been charged after a man was photographed apparently urinating next to the memorial dedicated to Pc Keith Palmer, the officer who was stabbed to death in the 2017 terror attack in Westminster. Andrew Banks, of Stansted, Essex, has been charged with outraging public decency and will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ […]

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Workers to begin untangling charred metal web on Notre Dame
June 7, 2020 By Faith Matters

Workers to begin untangling charred metal web on Notre Dame

Workers suspended from ropes will be lowered into the charred remains of scaffolding that melted atop Notre Dame when the cathedral went up in flames to begin the delicate job of dismantling the 200 tons of metal. The work will start on Monday and last through the summer months, according to the office overseeing the […]

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