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Religion

UN claims of asylum seekers’ ‘inhumane’ treatment provoke Dutch ire
The Netherlands, in the throes of an immigration crisis, has accused the UN of publishing ‘one-sided information’ after its senior officials accused the government of “trying to score political points” by “forcing” failed asylum seekers into homelessness.

17.12.2014 20:04

Australia's interventionist foreign policy - time for a rethink
The tragic Sydney café siege of earlier this week, which resulted in the death of three people, raises quite a few serious questions.

17.12.2014 12:27

Church of England appoints first female bishop
The Church of England has appointed Libby Lane, a vicar from Greater Manchester, its first female bishop in a historic move only a month after a vote by the church’s ruling body allowed women to become top clerics.

17.12.2014 09:12

‘Terror has no religion’: MP urges ban on phrase ‘Islamic terrorist’ in mass media
A Russian lawmaker proposes a ban on expressions such as ‘Islamic terrorist’ and ‘Islamist militant’ in the mass media, claiming they give people the wrong impression about Islam and put ordinary believers at risk.

17.12.2014 08:36

Georgia city approves mosque following legal threats
City Council officials in Kennesaw, Georgia, voted to approve the opening of a mosque in a local shopping center, despite some opposition from local residents, after supporters threatened to sue the city for violating their religious freedom rights.

16.12.2014 23:50

‘Crucifixed’: Fascist-era law used against gay teacher in Italy
An Italian teacher has been given an official warning after removing a crucifix from his classroom wall to protest "homophobic statements" by the Catholic Church. Administrators cited a fascist-era law, demanding that the crucifix be put back.

16.12.2014 07:45

‘’Loon’ wolf terrorist attacks to become the norm’
Counterterrorism measures make it difficult to dispatch groups to attack the West, so terrorist organizations may stick to the strategy practiced by al-Qaeda, and call upon individual amateurs instead, Middle East expert Max Abrahms told RT.

16.12.2014 07:24

US asks Vatican to help close Guantanamo Bay
President Barack Obama’s goal of closing the Guantanamo Bay prison complex in Cuba has met heavy resistance from lawmakers in Washington, and now the White House is turning to a higher authority for help: the Vatican.

16.12.2014 00:34

Faceless ‘Sharia-compliant’ doll launched in UK
A £25 faceless doll – which goes along with a strict interpretation of Islam that forbids the depiction of faces – has sparked backlash among some Muslims after it was launched in Britain by a former teacher.

15.12.2014 22:04

Vienna may shut down controversial Saudi school
Vienna's Board of Education has ordered for a school owned by the Saudi government to stop operating by the end of the year, after it failed to provide a full list of its staff to authorities. The institution previously came under fire for its curriculum.

15.12.2014 19:39

​The Prez, the FSA, and the Caliph: A Zero Problem Policy?
Prime Minister-turned-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (aka the Prez) performed a remarkable U-turn some years ago - a U-turn that transformed Bashar Assad from a "brother" of his into a "bloody handed dictator.”

15.12.2014 12:35

Sydney gunman identified as Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, on bail for violent crimes
Sheik Man Haron Monis, an Islamic ‘spiritual healer’ who is facing charges of sexual assault and being an accessory to murder, has been identified as the man who has taken civilians hostage in a Sydney café, according to local media citing police sources.

15.12.2014 14:00