Religion

The 1,000-Year-Old Hangover Cure

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There you are, waking up with the sun searing your retinas and the blood vessels in your head pounding some Satanic drum beat. Your mouth feels like a desert, there’s some kind of tacky film over your front teeth, and your intestines are churning something truly putrid. It’s 10th-century Baghdad and you’re due in the caliph’s court—and you’re hungover as ... Read More »

George Pell’s logic on child sex abuse is flawed

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In his video appearance before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on August 21, the former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, insisted that the Catholic Church should be treated like every other organisation in society. It should not be held responsible for the crimes of its priests in the same way as the “ownership or ... Read More »

British jihadists ‘should be stripped of citizenship’, says David Davis

Former shadow home secretary David Davis has mocked the Home Office’s latest plans to tackle Islamist extremists in Britain. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Senior Tory backbencher calls for tougher penalties against people travelling abroad to fight with Isis David Davis, the senior Conservative backbencher, has mocked the Home Office’s latest plans to tackle Islamist extremists in Britain and demanded far tougher penalties for people travelling abroad to fight with Islamic State (Isis). In an article in the Mail on Sunday, he said British ... Read More »

China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers

The Tiananmen crash killed five people and injured 38 others

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls “terrorist” attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua. Three of those executed had been convicted of an attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October, in which five people died, Xinhua said. The others were found guilty of crimes including bomb-making and arson. The government ... Read More »

Captured soldiers: Jihadists will kill us, if Hezbollah remains in Syria

Lebanon security personnel... One of jihadists’ weapons in Syria

Nine men, apparently eight policemen and one soldier, are among 24 security forces still in hands of jihadists. BEIRUT – The jihadist Al-Nusra Front has posted a video showing kidnapped Lebanese security personnel calling on the Hezbollah movement to withdraw its fighters from Syria. The nine men — apparently eight policemen and a soldier — are among 24 security forces ... Read More »

Our boys in the Islamic state: Britain’s export jihad

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We’ve become the West’s leading producer of ‘foreign fighters’. Some day the chickens will come home to roost It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form of Islam is under attack. He then saws off the head of ... Read More »

Peace Through Friendship

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WHEN two groups are in conflict, how can you improve relations between them? One strategy is to encourage positive personal contact among individuals from each group. If a Catholic and a Protestant in Northern Ireland would only sit down together to talk — learning about one another’s families, hearing about one another’s fears — the encounter, according to this approach, ... Read More »

Gaza: Hamas says 18 suspected informants executed

Hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians resumed, scuppering efforts at a long-term ceasefire

Hamas sources in Gaza say 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed. The killings came after an Israeli airstrike left three senior Hamas leaders dead on Thursday. Officials in Gaza say at least two more Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight, and Israel said more rockets were fired from Gaza. More than 2,070 Palestinians, mostly civilians, ... Read More »