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  • The Slavic Centre for Law and Justice, an affiliate of the American Center for Law and Justice, said a new manner of carrying out missionary work in Russia will have to be established.

    The law bans all missionary activities in residential areas and requires Christians who want to share their faith with others, even on the internet, to obtain authorization documents from a religious association. It also imposes a fine of $75 to $765 if the violator is a Russian citizen, and a fine of up to $15,265 in case of an organization, while foreigners would be deported, The Christian Post reported last month.

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  • In its updated statement, Gender Dysphoria in Children, the American College of Pediatricians (College) calls for an end to the normalization of gender dysphoria (GD) in children because it has led to the ongoing experimentation upon, and sterilization of, confused children. Children with GD believe that they are something other than their biological sex. For children experiencing GD before the age of puberty, the confusion resolves over 80 percent of the time by late adolescence. There is a suppressed debate among professionals regarding the new treatment “standard” for childhood GD. This media-popularized standard involves the use of medicines that block puberty followed by life-long use of toxic cross-sex hormones—a combination that results in the sterilization of minors and other significant health risks. A review of current medical literature finds this approach to be rooted in an unscientific gender ideology that violates the long-standing medical ethics principle of “First do no harm.”

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  • The widow of a Hertfordshire man who has died after a two year battle with Motor Neurone Disease is calling for assisted suicide to be legalised in the UK.

    Nikki Davey told ITV News that watching her husband die 'by inches' as he lost the ability to move, speak or breathe for himself was the toughest thing she'd ever done.

    She now wants there to be a change in the law to allow terminally ill people to end their own life.

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  • Chinese scientists will perform the world's first genetic editing trial on humans this month, in an attempt to find a cure for lung cancer. A group of oncologists at West China Hospital of Sichuan University will inject patients with cells that have been modified using the Crispr-Cas9 gene-editing technique, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. Short for 'clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats', Crispr was named the 2015 breakthrough of the year by the US journal `Science'.

    Source: Times of India

  • Earlier in July, athletes from all over the world travelled to Italy to take part in the Trisome Games, an event unlike any other.

    Every competitor had Down's Syndrome.

    It was the first international sports event of its kind and was organised by the Sports Union for Athletes with Down's Syndrome (SU-DS).

    Source: BBC

  • Twelve riot police cars have arrived to crack down on the sit-down protest in Paris’s 15th district, as dozens demonstrate against the demolition of the local Church of Sainte Rita. Many took to social networks to vent over the situation.

    The church has been mined and the demolition is ready to begin, but the protesters - some of them local councilors - refuse to leave. Videos of police dragging protesters emerged online.

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  • The Archbishop of Dublin has signalled that he wants to permanently remove all clerical students from the seminary system following anonymous allegations of gay sex and misconduct at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth.

    Archbishop Diarmuid Martin criticised the full-time training process yesterday and said that students studying for the priesthood were better off “outside the closed, strange world of seminaries”.

    Source: The Times 

  • The High Court has told the NHS in England it can fund a drug that can prevent HIV - after health bosses argued it was not their responsibility.
    NHS England previously said councils should provide the pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) drug as they are in charge of preventative health.

    Source: BBC

  • A MUSLIM school accused of stocking books advocating violence against women and undermining British values is locked in a legal battle to prevent publication of a damning report.

    An Ofsted inspection judged the unnamed school to be “inadequate” - the lowest rank available - and criticised it for segregating boys and girls. 

    Source: Daily Express

  • Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney has warned local authorities that state guardians can only offer optional advice, after last week’s Supreme Court judgment on the Named Person scheme.

    A statement released at the weekend urges local authorities and health boards to “take care to reiterate the voluntary nature of any advice, information, support or help offered by the ‘named person’”.

    Source: Christian Institute

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