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Uighur exiles describe forced abortions and torture in China
June 5, 2021 By Faith Matters

Uighur exiles describe forced abortions and torture in China

Three Uighurs who fled from China to Turkey have described forced abortions and torture by Chinese authorities in the far western Xinjiang region. They were speaking ahead of giving evidence to a people’s tribunal in London that is investigating if Beijing’s actions against ethnic Uighurs amount to genocide. One woman said she was forced to […]

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A message of care, empathy and respect during the crisis – Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
May 16, 2021 By Faith Matters

A message of care, empathy and respect during the crisis – Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

We stand before Shavuot, the festival of the giving of the Torah. This Torah is always understood as Torat chaim, the teaching of life. In these terrible times across Israel and Gaza, we pray for the teaching of life. We pray for the safety of everyone, an end to the violence, a restoration of calm […]

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Unite leadership candidate suspended by Labour over Patel tweet
May 14, 2021 By Faith Matters

Unite leadership candidate suspended by Labour over Patel tweet

A senior trade unionist has been suspended by Labour after suggesting Home Secretary Priti Patel was “disgusting” and should be deported. Unite’s assistant general secretary Howard Beckett – who is standing for the leadership of the major union – apologised for the social media message. Mr Beckett sits on Labour’s ruling national executive committee but […]

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Family surprised by presents from non-Muslim neighbour to celebrate Eid
May 13, 2021 By Faith Matters

Family surprised by presents from non-Muslim neighbour to celebrate Eid

A woman has said a gift from her neighbour to celebrate Eid has restored her “faith in humanity”. Shafaq Hassan, from Streatham, south London, said her neighbour treated her and son Ayaan, 14, to dates and a prayer mat in celebration of Eid, which this year began on Wednesday evening and will end on Thursday […]

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Hindus and Muslim men at greater risk of dying with Covid in pandemic
May 13, 2021 By Faith Matters

Hindus and Muslim men at greater risk of dying with Covid in pandemic

Hindus and Muslim men have had a disproportionately high risk of dying with coronavirus throughout the pandemic compared with Christians, figures suggest. After adjusting for age, location, socio-demographic factors and certain pre-existing health conditions, Hindus and Muslim men were still more likely to die with Covid-19, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The ONS […]

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Dozens hurt as Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque
May 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Dozens hurt as Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police on Friday evening at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City as tensions soared again. The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said 53 people, mainly Palestinians, were wounded in clashes with police there and elsewhere in Jerusalem, including 23 who were taken to hospital. It says most were wounded in […]

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Fishmongers’ Hall attacker had ‘hate in eyes’ and ‘evil intent’, inquest told
May 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Fishmongers’ Hall attacker had ‘hate in eyes’ and ‘evil intent’, inquest told

Convicted terrorist Usman Khan exposed “hate in his eyes” and “evil intent” before he launched an attack on Fishmongers’ Hall, an inquest has heard. On November 29 2019, Khan, from Stafford, was shot dead after fatally stabbing Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, at a prisoners’ educational event in London. Six months […]

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Blast that hurt former Maldives president ‘act of terrorism’
May 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Blast that hurt former Maldives president ‘act of terrorism’

Police in the Maldives said an explosion that injured former president Mohamed Nasheed was an act of terrorism. Mr Nasheed, 53, was wounded in the blast Thursday night outside his home and was being treated in a hospital in the capital, Male. Home minister Imran Abdulla told a local television that the former leader’s injuries […]

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Fishmongers’ Hall attacker ‘was influential inmate who talked to Rigby killer’
April 27, 2021 By Faith Matters

Fishmongers’ Hall attacker ‘was influential inmate who talked to Rigby killer’

The Fishmongers’ Hall attacker was an “influential” inmate who associated with Fusilier Lee Rigby’s killer before his release, an inquest has heard. Convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, spent eight years in prison where he was involved in a string of violent incidents and “extremist bullying”, the inquest jury at London’s Guildhall was told. Eleven months […]

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Fifth person held after deadly police station attack in France
April 25, 2021 By Faith Matters

Fifth person held after deadly police station attack in France

French authorities have detained a fifth person in an anti-terrorism investigation seeking to identify potential accomplices and motives after a police official was fatally stabbed at a police station outside Paris. French police killed the 37-year-old Tunisian attacker shortly after he stabbed the unarmed administrative employee on Friday at the entrance of her police station […]

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