THE Archbishop of Canterbury has again highlighted the plight of Christians in the Middle East, warning they are in danger of being wiped out. Condemning the treatment of those based in the Middle East, Justin Welby said: “Christians face daily the threat of violence, murder, intimidation, prejudice and poverty.” Writing for The Telegraph, before a special service at Westminster Abbey, Mr Welby said followers of the faith faced “imminent extinction”, and were subjected to the “daily threat of murder”. He said the dire situation was the worst “since the Mongol invasions of the 13th century.” Mr Welby added: “In the last few years, they have been slaughtered by so-called Islamic State, and in many countries they find themselves squeezed between the upper and lower millstones of pressure on them within society and of conflicts that afflict the region. “Many have left. Hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes. Many … [Read more...] about Christians face being WIPED OUT in the Middle East, Archbishop of Canterbury warns
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close Video Brett Kavanaugh joins a divided Supreme Court Fox News chief legal correspondent and anchor of 'Fox News @ Night' Shannon Bream examines how much Brett Kavanaugh might actually change the court. Justice Brett Kavanaugh had never heard a death penalty case in his 12 years as an appeals judge. But when confronted with the issue in just his third week at his new job, Kavanaugh wasted little time expressing a measure of concern for the capital inmate facing lethal injection. "Are you saying, even if the method creates gruesome and brutal pain, you can still do it because there’s no alternative?" he asked in an oral argument earlier this month on Missouri's protocols. In a sharp tone, Kavanaugh pressed for a clear, direct answer from the state's attorney general -- who replied yes, so long as the state did not "attempt to deliberately inflict pain for the sake of pain." "Is there any limit on that?" asked the justice, sounding skeptical. The court has yet to … [Read more...] about In Control: Five issues where Justice Kavanaugh could be the decider
World International Affairs Tens of millions of women in the world’s poorest countries have gained access to contraception in the past few years, while Republicans in the U.S. continue to try and reduce access to such family planning methods. About 46 million women and girls have gained access to contraceptives in the world’s lowest-income countries over the past six years, according to a new report from Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). The international organization was formed after a 2012 family planning summit in the United Kingdom. “Our goal by 2020 is to reach an additional 120 million women and girls who want to use contraceptives but don't have access to these services or products and to improve the health systems in general,” Beth Schlachter, FP2020's executive director, told Al Jazeera. Schlachter explained that there are now 317 million women and girls “who have access to contraceptives” in the 69 lowest-income countries, “which … [Read more...] about Birth Control Access Rising in World’s Poorest Countries as Republicans Try to Limit it in U.S.
Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Vu Chien Thang (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A delegation from the Government Committee for Religious Affairs led by its head Vu Chien Thang recently visited Russia to share experience in State management over religious affairs with local agencies and organisations. During the visit, spanning from November 6-8, the delegation worked with representatives from the Russian Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate, the Ministry of Justice and the agency on inter-racial and inter-religious relations. At the meetings, Thang introduced religious activities in Vietnam, stating that the country is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation with most of the population being followers of a belief or religion. Religions in Vietnam have seen no conflicts and show solidarity in national construction and development, he said, adding that Vietnam has a consistent policy in which religions are equal and free to hold activities in … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Russia exchange experience in management of religious affairs
Rare glimpse into family life in a Belfast's 'Big Houses' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The writer whose best-selling books revisit all our yesterdays in east Belfast has now captured the very essence of how the other half lived in a very different city over a hundred years ago. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/archive/rare-glimpse-into-family-life-in-a-belfasts-big-houses-37472176.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37472175.ece/d37ee/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-10-30_lif_45322697_I11.JPG Email The writer whose best-selling books revisit all our yesterdays in east Belfast has now captured the very essence of how the other half lived in a very different city over a hundred years ago. Aidan Campbell's latest publication, East Belfast Big Houses, does what it says on the cover and gives readers an intriguing glimpse into substantial dwellings in the area, and also features the families who lived in them. And the characters in the book are almost as big and colourful as … [Read more...] about Rare glimpse into family life in a Belfast’s ‘Big Houses’