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  • Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the pope to warn of “a form of genocide” and for campaigners to speak of “religio-ethnic cleansing”.

  • Faith leaders warn of a rise in persecution around the world. Here are four countries where Christian believers face official discrimination and threats of attacks by militants – sometimes at the same time.

  • A child aged just three is among hundreds identified as being at risk of radicalisation, it emerged today. 
     
    With fears growing about children and teenagers being drawn into terrorism, a project set up by the Home Office in the wake of the 7/7 bombings has reported a sharp rise in the number of youngsters being referred including dozens under the age of 12.
     
    Since it was rolled out nationwide in 2012, the youngest person involved has been a child aged three whose whole family was referred.
  • The British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a “study” on July 27, 2015 examining 100 requests for euthanasia for psychiatric reasons in Belgium.

  • More than 8,000 girls under the age of consent, including 2,500 under the age of 14, were given contraceptive implants and injections last year, according to government figures.

  • Speaking at a press conference outside Nairobi's State House, Obama condemned Kenya for its treatment of homosexuals, comparing discriminating against gays to treating people differently due to race and saying that 'law-abiding' citizens should not be punished for loving a particular person . . ..
     
    In response, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was standing on a stage alongside Obama, declared that gay rights are a 'non-issue' in Kenya.
  • David Cameron is to hold talks in Indonesia and Malaysia this week to build greater cooperation in the fight against Islamic State. The talks follow reports he is considering sending special forces into Libya, fearing the country is becoming the chief source of terrorism in north Africa, as well as a jumping off point for migrants seeking to enter Europe.

  • At least two teachers accused of involvement in the Trojan Horse plot to “Islamise” Birmingham schools have been reinstated by the academy at the heart of the scandal, despite being banned from the teaching profession.

  • Tunisia's parliament has adopted a new anti-terror law which seeks to counter the threat posed by Islamist militants.
     
    The move follows two deadly attacks on tourism sites - a beach and hotel at Sousse in June and the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March.
     
    Under the new law, those convicted of terrorism could face the death penalty and expressions of support for terrorism are a jailable offence.
  • A Muslim boarding school that threatens to expel students for mixing with "outsiders" has been rated "good" by Ofsted.
     
    In its most recent report, the education watchdog praised the Institute of Islamic Education in Dewsbury for preparing its pupils for the changing needs of British Muslims.
     
    But according to documents handed to parents, seen by Sky News, pupils are forbidden from "socialising with outsiders" and face "expulsion if there is no improvement after cautioning".

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