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2015-05-24

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Burma's birth control law exposes Buddhist fear of Muslim minority
Despite fierce campaigning by women rights groups and an international outcry, Burma has introduced a birth control law which opponents say is aimed at ethnic minorities. The controversial bill is one of four pieces of legislation driven by nationalist Buddhist monks who fear that the Muslim population is growing too quickly.
 
2015-05-24

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Nigerian Muslims Set Court Ablaze Over 'Insult' to Muhammad
Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria's northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed.
 
2015-05-24

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Church in Ireland needs 'reality check' after gay marriage vote
One of Ireland's most senior Catholic clerics has called for the Church to take a "reality check" following the country's overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
 
2015-05-23

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Indian man denied job for 'being Muslim'
Social media users and newspaper reports have severely criticised an Indian firm for refusing to hire a Muslim man because of his religion... "We regret to inform you that we only hire non-Muslim candidates," the firm said in an email reply to him.
 
2015-05-23

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Church of Scotland opens door for appointment of married gay ministers
General assembly’s vote in favour of change allowing appointment of ministers in a same-sex marriage follows decision to approve clergy in civil partnerships
 
2015-05-23

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Church of England to consider transgender naming ceremony
The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition.
 
2015-05-23

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More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan
Prosecutors in Pakistan's Punjab province have charged 106 people in connection with the gruesome mob killing of a Christian couple who were incinerated in a brick kiln for allegedly desecrating a copy of the Quran.
 
2015-05-23

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Another Christian college faces backlash for student-athlete policy on LGBT issues
LeTourneau University, a small college in Longview, Tex., has become the latest Christian school to face criticism over how it governs the behavior of its LGBT students.
 
2015-05-23

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Abuse victims seeking compensation told Catholic Church would endure long after they died, royal commission hears
Ballarat's Bishop Paul Bird told survivors seeking compensation that the Catholic Church would endure long after victims died and were forgotten, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.
 
2015-05-23

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Child sex abuse inquiry: Cardinal George Pell tried to bribe victim of paedophile to stay quiet, royal commission hears
Cardinal George Pell tried to bribe the nephew of paedophile Gerald Ridsdale to stay quiet about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his uncle, an inquiry has been told.
 
2015-05-20

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Google, YouTube win First Amendment fight over anti-Muslim video
Weighing in on a global controversy, a federal appeals court on Monday found that YouTube can't be forced to take down an anti-Muslim video that sparked worldwide protests, finding that such an order tramples on free speech rights.
 
2015-05-18

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'New Irish' Christians mobilise to vote no to gay marriage
Leaders in evangelical Christian community, which includes large numbers of immigrants, are urging their congregations to say no in historic referendum
 
2015-05-18

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French mayor suspended after calling for Islam to be banned
A French mayor has been suspended from his party after calling for the country to ban Islam. Robert Chardon, the UMP mayor of Venelles in southern France, tweeted: “The Muslim religion must be banned in France” and added that anyone practising the religion must be “immediately escorted to the border”.
 
2015-05-18

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Church of Scotland votes to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships.
 
2015-05-14

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Burundian Catholic Church Issues Ultimatum on Crisis
The powerful Roman Catholic Church in Burundi has given President Pierre Nkurunziza until Sunday, May 17 to postpone the June 26 election and allow independent radio and television stations to resume broadcasting or it will ask church members on the electoral commission to leave.
 
2015-05-14

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Alleged Islamic State recruits from Minnesota ordered held
Four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group have been ordered held pending trial.
 
2015-05-14

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Islamic State Second-in-Command Killed in Airstrike, Iraq Says
Iraq’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday that an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition had killed Islamic State’s second-in-command, raising new questions about the group’s leadership.
 
2015-05-14

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Pope says environmental sinners will face God's judgment for world hunger
Pope Francis has warned “the powerful of the Earth” they will answer to God if they fail to protect the environment to ensure the world can feed its population.
 
2015-05-14

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U.S. museum returns monkey god statue to Cambodia
A U.S. museum returned a 10th century statue of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman to Cambodia on Tuesday, saying research suggested it had probably been taken from the gate of an ancient temple complex.
 
2015-05-14

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America’s Changing Religious Landscape
Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow
 
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