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US and Israel worked to track and kill al Qaida’s second in command
November 15, 2020 By Faith Matters

US and Israel worked to track and kill al Qaida’s second in command

A senior al Qaida operative was killed in Iran earlier this year by Israeli agents supported by US intelligence. Abu Mohammed al-Masri was killed by assassins in Tehran during a period in which the Trump administration was ramping up pressure on Iran. He was killed on August 7, the anniversary of the 1998 bombings of […]

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Iran continues to stockpile and enrich uranium, says UN
November 12, 2020 By Faith Matters

Iran continues to stockpile and enrich uranium, says UN

Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and enrich it to a greater purity, far beyond the limits set in a landmark nuclear deal, the UN’s atomic watchdog agency has said. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press, […]

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Five dead after boat carrying migrants to Europe falls apart
November 12, 2020 By Faith Matters

Five dead after boat carrying migrants to Europe falls apart

Five people died after a Europe-bound rubber boat carrying 116 migrants and asylum-seekers fell apart in the central Mediterranean Sea, a Spanish humanitarian group said. The Open Arms rescue ship had been searching for the boat in distress for hours before finally locating it on Wednesday morning in international waters north of Libya. The NGO […]

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World leaders condemn beheadings by extremist rebels in Mozambique
November 11, 2020 By Faith Matters

World leaders condemn beheadings by extremist rebels in Mozambique

Reports of more than 50 beheadings by Mozambique’s Islamist extremist rebels have raised international alarm over the new level of violence in the country’s north. The killings mark a bloody turn in the three-year insurgency in Cabo Delgado province, prompting condemnations from the United Nations secretary-general and the presidents of France and Zimbabwe. In the […]

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European leaders say collaboration key in anti-terror fight
November 10, 2020 By Faith Matters

European leaders say collaboration key in anti-terror fight

French President Emmanuel Macron said that extremist attacks are a “European reality” and the European Union must tighten the screws on weak spots like external borders and the internet. The calls follow two deadly extremist attacks in France and another in Austria in recent weeks. Mr Macron’s remarks came after he, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, […]

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Church of England decisions on sexuality and marriage ‘could be made within two years’
November 9, 2020 By Faith Matters

Church of England decisions on sexuality and marriage ‘could be made within two years’

Bishops have released hundreds of pages of resources to help guide the Church of England (CoE) towards making decisions on issues of identity, sexuality and marriage within two years. Decisions on questions around same-sex relationships must be made “with some urgency”, according to a 480-page tome aimed at finding a way forward past deep divisions […]

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Former chief rabbi Lord Sacks’ wisdom was without equal, says Charles
November 8, 2020 By Faith Matters

Former chief rabbi Lord Sacks’ wisdom was without equal, says Charles

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to former chief rabbi Lord Sacks, describing him as a leader whose “wisdom, scholarship and humanity were without equal”. Lord Sacks died on Saturday aged 72. He served as the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, the figurehead of British Jews, for 22 years, […]

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First plane carrying Israeli tourists lands in UAE after deal
November 8, 2020 By Faith Matters

First plane carrying Israeli tourists lands in UAE after deal

The first flight carrying Israeli tourists to the United Arab Emirates landed in the city-state of Dubai on Sunday – the latest sign of the normalisation deal reached between the two nations. FlyDubai flight No. FZ8194 landed at Dubai International Airport just after 5.40pm, bringing the tourists to the city after a roughly three-hour trip. […]

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Lord Sugar to Donald Trump: You’re fired!
November 8, 2020 By Faith Matters

Lord Sugar to Donald Trump: You’re fired!

Lord Alan Sugar has given President Donald Trump his marching orders after former vice president Joe Biden clinched victory in the nail-biting US election. Democratic candidate Mr Biden won the key battleground of Pennsylvania on Saturday – some four days after polls closed – pushing him over the 270 electoral college votes threshold. However Mr […]

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French Muslims protect church in gesture of peace after Nice attack
November 6, 2020 By Faith Matters

French Muslims protect church in gesture of peace after Nice attack

A group of French Muslims decided to stand guard outside their town’s cathedral to protect it and show solidarity with Catholic churchgoers. Muslim residents in the southern French town of Lodeve organised the initiative as a gesture of peace after a deadly Islamic extremist attack on a church in the French city of Nice. They […]

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