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Brothers to face trial over terror plot
August 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Brothers to face trial over terror plot

Two brothers are to face trial in January for their alleged involvement in a terror plot. Sahayb Abu is accused of plotting an extremist attack in the UK, while his brother Mohammed is accused of failing to inform police of his sibling’s intentions. Sahayb, 27, of Doyle Road in South Norwood, south-east London, was arrested […]

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Syria’s Assad halts speech and complains of drop in blood pressure
August 13, 2020 By Faith Matters

Syria’s Assad halts speech and complains of drop in blood pressure

Syrian President Bashar Assad interrupted a speech he was giving to parliament, to say he needed to “sit down for a minute” after suffering a brief drop in blood pressure. Assad, 54, was half-an-hour through his speech when he began appearing tired and halted his speech twice to take a sip of water from a […]

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Memorial to Second World War ‘Forgotten Army’ given listed status to mark VJ Day
August 13, 2020 By Faith Matters

Memorial to Second World War ‘Forgotten Army’ given listed status to mark VJ Day

A Second World War memorial to a force known as the “Forgotten Army” has been given special protection to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, which effectively marked the end of the conflict. The Chindit Memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens in central London has been listed at Grade II by the Department […]

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Police handed new powers in bid to tackle hostile state activity
August 13, 2020 By Faith Matters

Police handed new powers in bid to tackle hostile state activity

Police in the UK will now be able to stop, search and detain individuals at UK ports to determine whether they are involved in hostile state activity. From Thursday, fresh measures will allow specially trained officers to take action in relation to espionage and foreign interference. The new “Schedule 3” powers are part of the […]

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Harry urges the world to take action against systemic racism
August 10, 2020 By Faith Matters

Harry urges the world to take action against systemic racism

The Duke of Sussex said more action is needed to root out systemic racism in society, as he described current efforts as “bringing a bucket of water to a forest fire”. He made the comments in an interview with Rashad Robinson, president of Colour of Change – a non-profit civil rights advocacy organisation in the […]

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Kwame Kwei-Armah says a woman removed her mask to cough in his son’s face
August 10, 2020 By Faith Matters

Kwame Kwei-Armah says a woman removed her mask to cough in his son’s face

Young Vic theatre boss Kwame Kwei-Armah has said a woman removed her mask to cough in the face of his 15-year-old son on public transport. The director and playwright, who is black, said the white woman said to her son: “This is what you people do.” He added that his son has since tested negative […]

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A teacher’s tale on surviving the atomic blast in Hiroshima captured on audio
August 6, 2020 By Faith Matters

A teacher’s tale on surviving the atomic blast in Hiroshima captured on audio

On August 6 1945, a Japanese school teacher was having her breakfast when, after a bright flash of light, she was buried in the darkness beneath a pile of rubble that once stood as her home. She was still in her nightdress when she was dragged out of the pile of bricks by a neighbour […]

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Sir Elton John and David Furnish back music industry anti-racism initiative
August 5, 2020 By Faith Matters

Sir Elton John and David Furnish back music industry anti-racism initiative

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have backed a campaign calling for the end of “racism and hatred” in the music industry. The veteran singer-songwriter, 73, and his husband, 57, are among some 700 artists, producers, songwriters and record labels to have signed a letter titled No Silence In Music. The Rocket Man star shared […]

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Indian PM lays foundation stone of new temple at razed mosque site
August 5, 2020 By Faith Matters

Indian PM lays foundation stone of new temple at razed mosque site

Hindus have rejoiced as Indian prime minister Narendra Modi broke ground on a long-awaited temple of their most revered god Ram at the site of a demolished 16th century mosque. Mr Modi offered prayers to nine stone blocks with “lord Ram” inscribed on them amid chanting of Hindu religious hymns to symbolise the start of […]

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Amnesty International ‘very concerned’ for welfare of academic held in Iran
August 5, 2020 By Faith Matters

Amnesty International ‘very concerned’ for welfare of academic held in Iran

Amnesty International says they are “very concerned” for the welfare of a British-Australian academic who is being held in detention in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was most recently a lecturer in Islamic studies at Melbourne University, had originally been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since she was reportedly given a […]

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