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  • Copenhagen bar owners are begging for government protection against Muslim activists trying to impose a strict “Sharia zone.”

    The businesses claim they’ve been harassed and their shops vandalized by organized groups of teens and young men who are opposed to booze, gambling and other acts that are considered offensive to Sharia, or Islamic law.

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  • So I read that Sabina Higgins, the wife of President Michael D Higgins, had told midwives in Trinity College the fact that a woman could be made to carry a pregnancy to term in a case of "fatal foetal abnormality" was an "outrage".

    I thought of my nine-year-old daughter, Kathleen Rose, whom I had hugged and kissed that morning as she set off for another school day. I thought of how beautiful she looked as she giggled and waved excitedly at her little brother and sister through the bus window.

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  • Dozens of Methodist clergy members took a stand for equality on Monday in the hope that their church will re-evaluate discriminatory policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals during its 2016 General Conference, which begins on Tuesday.

    More than 100 pastors, deacons, elders and candidates for ministry in the United Methodist Church released a letter publicly coming out as LGBT just one day before the church’s top policy-making body convenes in Portand to consider roughly 1,000 legislative petitions.

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  • Pastor Steve Chalke, founder of Oasis Church Waterloo in London, has just applied for a licence that would allow him to minister to same-sex marriages. If his application is approved, Oasis Church will become the most high-profile church in the U.K. that caters to gay weddings.

    "Oasis Church in Waterloo has reached the decision. It's taken us some time to reach it, that this is something we want to do," he told Premier radio. "We're registering at the moment and we will be able to do this."

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  • The legal battle over transgender rights between the state of North Carolina and the U.S. government has moved the country closer to settling one of the last frontiers in civil rights law.

    At issue is whether transgender people deserve the same federal protections that have been extended to groups such as blacks and religious minorities.

    Backers of the North Carolina law, which requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity, say it will protect women and girls from predators. Transgender advocates say that claim is unfounded and ignores a modern understanding of people who identify with a gender other than the one assigned at birth.

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  • An eight-month struggle to find a “legally robust” definition of extremism lies behind a delay in bringing forward David Cameron’s flagship legislation to tackle Islamist extremism in Britain, the Guardian has learned.

    It is understood that the counter-extremism bill, to be announced in the Queen’s speech on 18 May, has been through “dozens of drafts” and Whitehall officials are still struggling to find a definition of “extremist” that will not be immediately challenged in the courts.

    The bill has been cast as the centrepiece of Cameron’s “legacy programme” of legislation to be enacted in the aftermath of June’s EU referendum.

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  • David Cameron will put curbing Islamic extremism at the heart of the Queen’s Speech amid concerns about his legacy.

    The Prime Minister will introduce an Extremism Bill later this month which will include measures to ban organisations, gag individuals and close down premises used to ‘promote hatred’.

  • "Forgive them."

    These were the words of a young Christian girl from Mosul as she died in her mother's arms after ISIS militants torched their home.

    Another couple, whose children had been captured by the Islamist terror group, discovered a plastic bag on their doorstep one day. The bag contained severed body parts of their daughters and a video tape of them being raped and tortured.

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  • Christians in Southeast Asia have successfully translated the New Testament into their mother-tongue, and are now able to read the Word in their own language for the first time.

    The gospel was first shared with the community in 1834 by missionaries, but the Bible did not exist in their own language until now.

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  • Terror organisation Hamas has backed Jeremy Corbyn's stance on Israel as they say it is "a painful hit that the Zionist enemy received".

    The Islamist organisation also "welcomed" the Labour leader's vow to continue talking to the organisation he once called his "friends" despite pressure on him to denounce the group.

    Mr Corbyn refused to denounce the groups in the wake of calls from Jewish leaders, the Israeli Ambassador and members of his own party to distance himself from those with anti-Semitic views.

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