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Police arrest leader of radical Islamist party in Lahore
April 12, 2021 By Faith Matters

Police arrest leader of radical Islamist party in Lahore

Police in Pakistan have arrested the leader of a radical Islamist political party a day after he threatened the government with protests if it did not expel France’s ambassador over depictions of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. Saad Rizvi was arrested in the eastern city of Lahore to “maintain law and order”, said Ghulam Mohammad Dogar, chief […]

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Police officers ‘deeply regret’ upset caused by shutting down church service
April 11, 2021 By Faith Matters

Police officers ‘deeply regret’ upset caused by shutting down church service

Police officers have said they “deeply regret” the upset caused by shutting down a Good Friday church service for breaching coronavirus rules. Two Metropolitan Police officers attended a service at Christ the King in Balham, south London, on Sunday to address worshippers about the incident. Officers had halted the Friday service when they found some […]

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Woman, 18, arrested in France over ‘plot’ targeting church
April 8, 2021 By Faith Matters

Woman, 18, arrested in France over ‘plot’ targeting church

French anti-terrorism investigators said that an 18-year-old woman arrested over the Easter weekend was suspected of planning an attack on a church. New details have emerged about the teen, who was living in Beziers, in southern France, and is suspected of plotting an attack targeting nearby Montpellier over Easter. On Thursday, anti-terrorism officials said that […]

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5 women arrested in southern France in suspected attack plot
April 4, 2021 By Faith Matters

5 women arrested in southern France in suspected attack plot

Police in southern France have arrested four women and a girl as part of an anti-terrorist investigation into a suspected attack plot targeting the city of Montpellier. A police official in the Herault region confirmed the overnight arrests in the city of Beziers, and said the DGSI domestic intelligence service and national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office […]

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Rohingya camp fire in Bangladesh kills three
April 2, 2021 By Faith Matters

Rohingya camp fire in Bangladesh kills three

A fire has destroyed more than 20 shops in a makeshift market near a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, killing at least three people. Local police chief Ahmed Sanjur Morshed said they recovered the bodies from the debris after it took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control. The fire broke out […]

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Former leader of Britain First to stand against First Minister
April 1, 2021 By Faith Matters

Former leader of Britain First to stand against First Minister

The former leader of Britain First is standing for election in the same constituency as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar. Jayda Fransen was confirmed as an independent candidate in Glasgow Southside when nominations closed on Wednesday. Ms Fransen had announced earlier this year that she planned to stand against the […]

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Newlyweds identified as pair who targeted Indonesian cathedral on Palm Sunday
March 29, 2021 By Faith Matters

Newlyweds identified as pair who targeted Indonesian cathedral on Palm Sunday

Indonesian authorities identified a newly married couple with suspected militant links as the attackers who used a pressure cooker to blow themselves up outside a Roman Catholic cathedral during Palm Sunday Mass. The attack wounded 20 people, including four church guards, and broke windows at the church and nearby buildings in Makassar, the capital of […]

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Petition in support of Batley Grammar School teacher reaches 50,000 signatures
March 28, 2021 By Faith Matters

Petition in support of Batley Grammar School teacher reaches 50,000 signatures

A petition in support of a suspended teacher who showed students a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed has passed more than 50,000 signatures. The Batley Grammar School teacher had apologised after showing the cartoon, widely reported as taken from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, during a religious studies lesson earlier this week. He was […]

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20 injured in suicide attack targeting Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia
March 28, 2021 By Faith Matters

20 injured in suicide attack targeting Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 20 people, police said. A video obtained by the Associated Press showed a burning motorbike at the gates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of South […]

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Teacher suspended after students shown ‘offensive’ image of Prophet Mohammed
March 25, 2021 By Faith Matters

Teacher suspended after students shown ‘offensive’ image of Prophet Mohammed

A West Yorkshire teacher has been suspended after reportedly showing an “offensive” caricature of the Prophet Mohammed during a religious studies lesson, sparking a protest outside the school. Protesters had gathered outside Batley Grammar School, near Bradford, on Thursday, following claims a member of staff had shown students a cartoon deemed offensive to the Islamic […]

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