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Turkey pulls out of European treaty protecting women
March 20, 2021 By Faith Matters

Turkey pulls out of European treaty protecting women

Turkey has withdrawn from a European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first to sign 10 years ago and that bears the name of its largest city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decree annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to women’s rights advocates, who say the agreement is crucial […]

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New Zealand marks two years since Christchurch mosque killings
March 14, 2021 By Faith Matters

New Zealand marks two years since Christchurch mosque killings

New Zealand on Saturday marked the second anniversary of one of its most traumatic days, when 51 worshippers were killed at two Christchurch mosques by a white supremacist gunman. Several hundred people gathered at the Christchurch Arena for the remembrance service, which was also live-streamed. A similar service planned for last year was cancelled at […]

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Sri Lanka announces plan to ban burka and close Islamic schools
March 13, 2021 By Faith Matters

Sri Lanka announces plan to ban burka and close Islamic schools

Sri Lanka announced plans to ban the wearing of burkas and said it would close more than 1,000 Islamic schools known as madrassas, citing national security. The country’s minister of public security Sarath Weerasekara said he signed a paper on Friday seeking the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to ban burkas — outer garments […]

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Vaccine disinformation ‘forensically targeted ‘ at specific groups – minister
March 11, 2021 By Faith Matters

Vaccine disinformation ‘forensically targeted ‘ at specific groups – minister

Vaccine disinformation is being “forensically targeted” at specific groups, MPs have heard. Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said that information is “very, very cleverly, hyper super-forensically targeted at different communities”. Mr Zahawi told the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee that disinformation about vaccines and fertility were “proving to be sadly quite potent”. The Medicines […]

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Jewish community ‘struggling for kosher meat due to NI Protocol’
March 8, 2021 By Faith Matters

Jewish community ‘struggling for kosher meat due to NI Protocol’

The Jewish community is struggling to get kosher meat in time for the Passover festival due to the Northern Ireland Protocol, the DUP has said. The post-Brexit trade arrangements have also disrupted supplies of specialist cricket soil known as loam from Great Britain. Extra paperwork has caused a series of bureaucratic obstacles since the end […]

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Swiss narrowly back proposal to ban face coverings in public
March 8, 2021 By Faith Matters

Swiss narrowly back proposal to ban face coverings in public

Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to ban face coverings, both niqabs and burkas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters. The measure will outlaw covering one’s face in public places such as restaurants, sports stadiums, public transport or simply walking in the […]

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Pope calls on Christians to forgive and rebuild amid ruins of churches in Iraq
March 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Pope calls on Christians to forgive and rebuild amid ruins of churches in Iraq

Pope Francis has called on Iraq’s Christians to forgive the injustices committed against them by Islamic extremists. The call came as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased by the so-called Islamic State group’s horrific reign. At each stop in northern Iraq […]

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Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit
March 5, 2021 By Faith Matters

Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit

Pope Francis has urged Iraqis to treat their Christian brothers as a precious resource to protect, not an “obstacle” to eliminate, as he opened the first papal visit to Iraq with a plea for tolerance and fraternity among Christians and Muslims. Francis brushed aside the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns to resume his globe-trotting papacy […]

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‘Fifth of terror prisoners are right-wing extremists’
March 4, 2021 By Faith Matters

‘Fifth of terror prisoners are right-wing extremists’

One in five people behind bars for terror offences in Britain last year were right-wing extremists – the highest proportion since records began. A total of 42 out of 209 prisoners in 2020 (20%) were classed as holding “extreme right-wing” views, up from 18% the previous year (41 out of 231), Home Office figures show. […]

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Three female media workers shot dead in eastern Afghanistan
March 2, 2021 By Faith Matters

Three female media workers shot dead in eastern Afghanistan

Three women who worked for a local radio and TV station in eastern Afghanistan have been shot dead in separate attacks, the news editor of the station said. Shokrullah Pasoon, of Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad, said one of the women, Mursal Wahidi, was walking home when gunmen opened fire, according to witnesses. The […]

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