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  • Dear Issac,

    Thank you for your open letter to me published in The Huffington Post. The first thing I want to make clear is that I really do love you, brother! Although you disagree with some of my thoughts and beliefs, I truly do feel loved by you. My prayer is that you know you are loved in return, even though I do not agree with all of your thoughts and beliefs. After all, isn’t that what tolerance is about?

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  • In the early morning of Friday 24th June we learned that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. There has been an avalanche of comment from both sides in the debate, some of it strong but reasoned (see our digest of articles which is regularly updated.)

    Ugly and angry reaction is in evidence as well. Social and broadsheet media appears to be awash with accusations and recriminations from both sides. For example, some extremists from Remain are demanding that Parliament ignore or re-run the democratic vote; some Brexiteers are launching into intemperate attacks on the EU when we will soon have to work out new ways of doing business with this institution of which we will no longer be a part!

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  • The level of respect for human rights in China has reached its worst state since the deaths in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989, a new report led by a Christian MP has concluded.

    Chairwoman of the Conservative Human Rights Commission, Fiona Bruce also says the UK can do "much more" in helping bring about positive change in China, regarding civil liberties.

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  • Women can choose their holiday and type of car - but get little choice of how to give birth, the head of a recent NHS national maternity review has said.

    Baroness Julia Cumberledge said it was “not acceptable” that one in three mothers-to-be are being denied a choice of where and how they have their child.

    The maternity expert led a review which has recommended that all pregnant women are offered more control over childbirth, with options such as choose homebirth, waterbirths and complementary therapies such as self-hypnosis.

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  • Anjem Choudary has denied breaking terrorism laws at a British court.

    Choudary, 49, was arrested and charged over speeches that were posted on YouTube.

    It is alleged by the prosecution that Choudary and Mohammed Rahman, 33, who is also on trial, contravened laws combatting terrorism. Both men have denied the charges.

    A jury will now determine their guilt or innocence.

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  • Alastair Campbell is tired, angry and depressed. Slumped horizontally on his sofa at home in north London, he describes how he feels after Britain's - or rather England's - decision to leave the EU, against which he fought so hard behind the scenes.

    "How do I feel? I feel very, very..." A big sigh. "I feel tired. I do feel quite depressed about it," he says. "I do feel actually very down about it. I do feel anxious about where it's going to lead. I feel sad...I feel dreadful about it."

    Speaking to Christian Today as his beloved Labour party appears to be imploding, this is Campbell's most personal interview, in which the well-known atheist reveals that he may one day come to faith. "Part of me that would love to have it," he says, adding that his old boss Tony Blair is convinced he will come round.

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  • LONDON, June 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British teachers should be vigilant ahead of the long summer holidays for warning signs that parents might take their children abroad to marry them off or undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), experts warned on Monday.

    The end of the school term "marks the start of the cutting season where young girls are taken abroad and brutally mutilated by their families," said Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity, which campaigns on forced marriage and FGM.

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  • Physicist Brian Cox has slammed the obsession with 'safe spaces' at universities.

    The BBC presenter said he 'disagrees very profoundly' with banning controversial speakers from having a platform as he has seen first-hand how it raises intolerance among students.

    Whilst he accepts that the premise of such restriction is to 'build a less aggressive space', he says that university is the most appropriate place to encourage debate on difficult questions.

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  • A federal judge on Monday ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples based on religious beliefs, despite a bill passed by the state legislature intended to carve out that exception for them.

    U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said that the recusals on religious grounds granted by the state's so-called "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act", or House Bill 1523, violated the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage.

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  • More than 100 legal cases against crematoria which were put on hold until former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini published her investigation findings are to be pursued again in the wake of the harrowing report.

    Thompsons Solicitors said up to 20 in Glasgow and a similar number in Aberdeen were in the process of being prepared and now the cases are expected to be formally brought to crematorium owners.

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