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Man shot dead in Portland ‘was Patriot Prayer supporter’
August 30, 2020 By Faith Matters

Man shot dead in Portland ‘was Patriot Prayer supporter’

The man shot and killed in Portland on Saturday was a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer whose supporters have frequently clashed with left-wing protesters in Oregon’s largest city, according to the organisation’s founder. Joey Gibson, head of the group based in Washington state, said he was also in Portland on Saturday night when […]

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600 attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland in five years
August 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

600 attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland in five years

Concern has been expressed after figures showed there have been more than 600 attacks on places of worship in Northern Ireland in the last five years. According to police statistics, there have been 601 incidents of criminal damage to religious buildings, churchyards or cemeteries since 2014/15. The number of attacks has remained relatively consistent each […]

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New probe into church which sold ‘plague protection kits’
August 26, 2020 By Faith Matters

New probe into church which sold ‘plague protection kits’

The Charity Commission has launched a new inquiry into a south London church which was found to be selling a coronavirus “plague protection kit”. Bishop Climate Wiseman, head of the Kingdom Church in Camberwell, claimed earlier this year that the £91 small bottle of oil and piece of red yarn would protect people against Covid-19. […]

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Twin sisters who sparked counter-terror probe ‘held in detention centre’
August 25, 2020 By Faith Matters

Twin sisters who sparked counter-terror probe ‘held in detention centre’

Two sisters who sparked a counter-terror probe after they fled from the UK to Syria at the age of 16 are reportedly being detained in a high-security detention centre after trying to escape a refugee camp. Twins Zahra and Salma Halane, 22, disappeared from the family home in Chorlton, Manchester, in 2014 and flew out […]

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an Iranian ‘hostage’, documentary claims
August 23, 2020 By Faith Matters

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an Iranian ‘hostage’, documentary claims

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a “hostage” in Iran and was on the brink of being freed from jail in Iran almost two-and-a-half years ago until a planned deal collapsed, according to a new documentary. The mother-of-one’s husband Richard Ratcliffe said the family had even been given a date of December 28 2017 for his wife’s return […]

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Turkish government reconverts another former church into a mosque
August 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

Turkish government reconverts another former church into a mosque

The Turkish government formally converted a former Byzantine church into a mosque, a move that came a month after it drew praise from the faithful and international opposition for similarly turning Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia into a Muslim house of prayer. A decision by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published in the country’s Official Gazette, said […]

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Dawn Butler police stop rooted in biased system, says chief of UK black officers
August 17, 2020 By Faith Matters

Dawn Butler police stop rooted in biased system, says chief of UK black officers

The police stop of a car in which Labour MP Dawn Butler was a passenger was “rooted in a biased system that views black people as criminals or drug dealers”, the leader of the National Black Police Association has said in an interview. Inspector Andrew George, the new interim president of the organisation, told the […]

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Israel PM declares end of ‘land for peace’ after deal with United Arab Emirates
August 16, 2020 By Faith Matters

Israel PM declares end of ‘land for peace’ after deal with United Arab Emirates

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said a deal to establish full diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates proves his country does not need to retreat from occupied land sought by the Palestinians to achieve peace and normalisation with Arab states. The two countries announced on Thursday they were establishing full diplomatic relations in […]

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Poll suggests almost half of British public do not know about VJ Day
August 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Poll suggests almost half of British public do not know about VJ Day

Nearly half of the British public do not know what Victory in Japan (VJ) Day is, according to the findings of a poll taken shortly before its 75th anniversary. On Saturday, the country will pay tribute to the sacrifices made by those who fought in the Far East to bring about the end of the […]

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Probationary Met officer to face trial over alleged terror group membership
August 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Probationary Met officer to face trial over alleged terror group membership

A probationary Metropolitan Police officer will face trial next year for allegedly being a member of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action. Benjamin Hannam, 22, of Enfield, north London, is also accused of lying on his police application and vetting forms. He allegedly claimed he was not a member of National Action, which was outlawed […]

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