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  • SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Even on the days he lines up hours before the store opens in his neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, Ernesto Salazar is not assured he’ll be able to buy basic food items, like flour and rice.

    Under a government system, he can shop Thursdays for the goods, but some days the store shelves are empty by the time he gets inside. He can turn to the black market, where the costs are exponentially higher.

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  • A gay Church of England priest has quit in order to marry his long-term male partner.

    The Rev Clive Larsen left his position in the diocese of Manchester on Friday so he could get married on Monday without having to face disciplinary action, according to The Sunday Times. Larsen is believed to be the first priest to resign over the issue, although four other CoE priest have ignored the ban imposed by bishops and been punished as a result.

    "The church does not permit it and if this is something you want to do, you have to pay the price and leave the church," said Larsen. "I am aware of two other clergy who have had [same-sex] marriages and the church has made life very difficult for them."

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  • There has been an 'exponential rise in attacks against Christians' in Egypt, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom has warned.

    Bishop Angaelos said the northern African nation was becoming 'more vulnerable to a disturbing wave of radicalism' because of a downturn in tourism, economic problems and loss of foreign trade.

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  • Well this is all going very well isn’t it? I refer of course to the totally unforeseeable, impossible to predict wave of attacks in Germany and elsewhere across the continent in recent days.

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  • If worries about extremism in 2016 show no signs of abating, then neither does the debate over how to counter it in the UK. Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by the Labour MP Harriet Harman, is the latest in a long line to raise concerns over government policy to tackle extremism. Although the government has promised to introduce a counter-extremism bill, none has yet been forthcoming.

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  • A severely disabled baby who had been on a ventilator since he was 18 minutes old has died after a High Court judge decided that life-support treatment could be stopped, a lawyer has said.

    Hospital bosses had asked for permission to stop providing life-support treatment to the three-and-a-half-month old boy. The baby's parents had objected.

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  • The Sunday Times yesterday highlighted a service that took place on Saturday at St Agnes’ Church in North Reddish, Manchester. This was a service of "blessing" (as described on the church website) for the same-sex marriage of the now former vicar, Clive Larsen, one of the trustees of Changing Attitude.

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  • One month on from the Brexit vote, and we’re doing fine. The fundamentals are unchanged: a strong economy, a cohesive society and, lest we forget, we haven’t actually left the EU yet. Despite this, some people still talk as though Britain detached itself from the Continent and sank into the ocean. They need to relax – open a beer and enjoy the sunshine. History suggests that ruptures in geopolitics can be the start of something beautiful.

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  • Prosecutors will be urged to press for tougher sentences for perpetrators of hate crimes after a surge in reported incidents in the wake of the EU referendum.

    A new fund will also be established for “protective security measures” at synagogues, mosques, churches and other places of worship. The steps will be outlined in the Government's new hate crime action plan, which will be published next week.

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  • Four boys at a school in East Sussex, England wore skirts to school this week in protest after they were reprimanded for wearing shorts on a particularly hot summer day.

    About 20 boys at Longhill High School in Rottingdean, East Sussex wore official school gym shorts instead of pants on Tuesday, the BBC reported. As a result, some were sent home and others excluded from classes.

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