Religion

Jordan ‘targets vehicles crossing from Syria’

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Jordanian warplanes have targeted and destroyed several vehicles trying to cross the border from Syria, the Jordanian military has said. A statement said the “camouflaged” vehicles tried to enter from a rugged area. When warning shots were ignored, the fighter jets opened fire, it added. Photographs given to the BBC showed two unmarked pick-up trucks riddled with bullets, one of ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State

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“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kidnaps 200 Girls from Borno State School

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Members of the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group have allegedly kidnapped at least 200 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state, according to reports. Parents of the girls told the BBC that attackers arrived at the school in Chibok and forced the teenagers at gunpoint on to four lorries. Boko Haram, which has been conducting an armed campaign ... Read More »

St Kilda church leader protests asylum seeker policy with Easter crucifix installation

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AN EASTER sculpture with a confronting political message is on display at the Uniting Church’s St Kilda Parish Mission. The Rev John Tansey installed the three life-size wooden crucifixes to voice his protest of the Federal Government’s offshore asylum seekers policy. Barbed-wire figures of a father, mother and infant hang from the imposing crucifixes on church grounds at the busy ... Read More »

Ethiopia: Where conscience is constantly on trial

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In Ethiopia, Muslim leaders are facing an unjust trial for crimes they did not commit. A high profile trial against protest leaders – intellectuals, activists and elected members of “The Ethiopian Muslim Arbitration Committee” – is shaking the Ethiopian political landscape. The government argues that the accused harbour “extreme” Islamic ideologies. It accuses them of conspiracy with terrorist groups to ... Read More »

Syria’s Al-Qaeda loses ground to jihadist rivals on Iraqi border

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ISIL launched a three-pronged assault on positions held by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies. BEIRUT – Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate lost ground to its jihadist rivals around a town on the Iraqi border on Thursday in heavy fighting that left 24 people dead, a monitoring group said. Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a ... Read More »

Indian voters kick off world’s biggest election

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The nine-phase parliamentary election ends on May 12 and the results should be announced four days later Indians began voting in the world’s biggest election on Monday which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India’s 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a ... Read More »

ISIL growing ambitions: Jihadist threat inches closer to Baghdad

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In perhaps most worrying sign of ISIL’s capabilities, anti-government fighters parade in broad daylight in Abu Ghraib, just 20 kilometres from capital. A powerful jihadist group inspired by Al-Qaeda has opened a new battlefront with Iraqi security forces that could see it try to push into Baghdad, officials and analysts warn. The latest clashes, just weeks before parliamentary elections, raise ... Read More »