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PM to back compromise amendment on genocide claims to avert Trade Bill revolt
February 8, 2021 By Faith Matters

PM to back compromise amendment on genocide claims to avert Trade Bill revolt

Boris Johnson is seeking to avert a Tory revolt over allegations of genocide in China by backing a compromise plan put forward by a senior Conservative. The Government has been involved in a parliamentary battle over proposals to outlaw trade deals with countries that are committing genocide – a dispute taking place at a time […]

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UK’s terrorism threat level reduced from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’
February 8, 2021 By Faith Matters

UK’s terrorism threat level reduced from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’

The UK’s terrorism threat level has been reduced from “severe” to “substantial” due to a significant reduction in the momentum of attacks in Europe. Home Secretary Priti Patel told MPs the lowered threat level still meant an attack on the UK remained “likely” and the public should remain vigilant. The threat level was raised to […]

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Indonesia to deport British woman who married militant
February 3, 2021 By Faith Matters

Indonesia to deport British woman who married militant

Indonesian authorities have said they plan to deport a British woman married to a slain Indonesian militant because of a visa violation and her alleged link to a hard-line religious group. Police said Tazneen Miriam Sailar was taken to Jakarta’s immigration detention centre after the country’s Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre linked her to […]

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Twitter limits access to Turkish minister’s LGBT tweet
February 2, 2021 By Faith Matters

Twitter limits access to Turkish minister’s LGBT tweet

Twitter has limited access to a tweet by Turkey’s interior minister who referred to student protesters as “LGBT perverts”. For weeks, students and staff at Istanbul’s prestigious Bogazici University have been protesting against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu, a figure who has links to his ruling party, as the university’s rector. They […]

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Bill to tackle radical Islamist beliefs in France under debate
February 1, 2021 By Faith Matters

Bill to tackle radical Islamist beliefs in France under debate

French legislators are set to debate a bill to tackle radical Islamic ideology. Some authorities maintain that such radical beliefs are creeping into public services, schools and online platforms, with the goal of undermining national values. The bill is broad and controversial, with 1,700 proposed amendments, and guarantees heated debate for the next two weeks […]

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Students arrested in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags
February 1, 2021 By Faith Matters

Students arrested in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

Two students have been arrested in Turkey on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values for a poster depicting Islam’s most sacred site with LGBT flags. The arrests came after top Turkish officials condemned the poster, displayed at an exhibition in Turkey’s prestigious Bogazici University. For weeks, students and faculty have been protesting over […]

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Lee Rigby murderer fighting for life after Covid-19 diagnosis
January 25, 2021 By Faith Matters

Lee Rigby murderer fighting for life after Covid-19 diagnosis

One of Lee Rigby’s killers is reportedly fighting for life after catching coronavirus. Michael Adebowale is serving a life sentence for murdering Fusilier Rigby in May 2013 on the streets of Woolwich, south-east London. The Sun reported that the 29-year-old Islamic terrorist was removed from Broadmoor last week following a deterioration in his condition after […]

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Terror watchdog launches inquiry into radicalisation in jails
January 25, 2021 By Faith Matters

Terror watchdog launches inquiry into radicalisation in jails

An inquiry into the way prisons deal with convicted terrorists is being launched by the independent terror watchdog amid concerns of growing radicalisation behind bars. Jonathan Hall QC said there had been a “steady drumbeat” of terror attacks on prison officers while other inmates were coming under the influence of “high status” terrorist prisoners. Mr […]

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Schoolboys in court on ‘terror charges’ linked to far-right extremism
January 24, 2021 By Faith Matters

Schoolboys in court on ‘terror charges’ linked to far-right extremism

Two schoolboys accused of being part of an online far-right extremist group have appeared in court on terror charges. It is alleged the teenagers were part of a Telegram chat group which was found to contain images of Adolf Hitler and the white extremist involved in the 2019 Christchurch massacre. One of the boys, a […]

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Full text of Joe Biden’s inauguration speech
January 23, 2021 By Faith Matters

Full text of Joe Biden’s inauguration speech

Full text of US President Joe Biden’s full inaugural address: “Chief justice Roberts, vice president Harris. Speaker Pelosi, leader Schumer, leader McConnell, vice president Pence, and my distinguished guests, my fellow Americans, this is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the […]

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