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Myanmar repression of Muslim Rohingya is genocide, says US
March 21, 2022 By Faith Matters

Myanmar repression of Muslim Rohingya is genocide, says US

Violent repression of the largely Muslim Rohingya population in Myanmar amounts to genocide, US secretary of state Antony Blinken has said. The declaration is intended to both generate international pressure and lay the groundwork for potential legal action. Authorities made the determination based on confirmed accounts of mass atrocities on civilians by Myanmar’s military in […]

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Man accused of blasphemy stoned to death by mob in Pakistan
February 14, 2022 By Faith Matters

Man accused of blasphemy stoned to death by mob in Pakistan

A 41-year-old man has been stoned to death by a mob for allegedly desecrating the Koran inside a mosque in a village in eastern Pakistan, police have said. Three police officers also were injured, and more than 80 men have been detained after the incident on Saturday evening in the Khanewal district of Punjab province. […]

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Pakistan gunmen kill Christian priest on way home from Mass
January 30, 2022 By Faith Matters

Pakistan gunmen kill Christian priest on way home from Mass

Gunmen have killed one Christian priest and wounded another as they were driving home from Sunday Mass in Pakistan’s north-western city of Peshawar, police said. Father William Siraj, 75, was shot multiple times and died instantly in the ambush in the Gulbahar neighbourhood, while Father Naeem Patrick was treated briefly in hospital for a gunshot […]

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Ex-soldier Lisa Smith married a member of al Qaida while in Syria, court hears
January 27, 2022 By Faith Matters

Ex-soldier Lisa Smith married a member of al Qaida while in Syria, court hears

Former Defence Forces soldier Lisa Smith married a member of al Qaida and stayed in a “bombed-out” house where militia and rebels held meetings when she was in Syria, her trial has heard. The Co Louth woman, 39, has pleaded not guilty to charges of membership of the illegal organisation, the so-called Islamic State, and […]

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Lisa Smith ‘enveloped herself in the black flag of Islamic State’, court hears
January 25, 2022 By Faith Matters

Lisa Smith ‘enveloped herself in the black flag of Islamic State’, court hears

Former Defence Forces soldier Lisa Smith “enveloped herself in the black flag” of the so-called Islamic State, the Special Criminal Court has heard. The Co Louth woman, 39, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of membership of the illegal organisation and of providing funds to benefit the group. Sean Gillane SC, for the prosecution, […]

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Christian convert receives death threat following Liverpool bombing
November 22, 2021 By Faith Matters

Christian convert receives death threat following Liverpool bombing

A Christian convert at a church connected with the Liverpool bomber has received a death threat in the wake of the Remembrance Sunday terror attack. Iraq-born Emad Al Swealmeen, the 32-year-old bomber, converted to Christianity in 2015 and in 2017 lived with Christian volunteers Malcolm and Elizabeth Hitchcott, who attended St Philemon’s Church in Toxteth. […]

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Fishmongers’ Hall attacker had ‘hate in eyes’ and ‘evil intent’, inquest told
May 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Fishmongers’ Hall attacker had ‘hate in eyes’ and ‘evil intent’, inquest told

Convicted terrorist Usman Khan exposed “hate in his eyes” and “evil intent” before he launched an attack on Fishmongers’ Hall, an inquest has heard. On November 29 2019, Khan, from Stafford, was shot dead after fatally stabbing Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, at a prisoners’ educational event in London. Six months […]

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Rapping jihadi bought 18in sword amid terror plot, court told
February 9, 2021 By Faith Matters

Rapping jihadi bought 18in sword amid terror plot, court told

A rapping jihadi bought an 18in sword as he plotted a terror attack in the midst of the pandemic, a court has heard. Before his arrest on July 9 last year, Sahayb Abu, 27, purchased online two blades, a combat vest, two balaclavas, fingerless gloves and a combat-style hat, the Old Bailey was told. He […]

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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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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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