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1000 Muslims close London streets to chant Allahu Akbar and demand Islamic caliphate

MORE than 1000 Muslims took to the streets of London last night chanting Allahu Akbar and demanding an Islamic caliphate. Express The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo. The demonstration became an… 1000 Muslims close London streets to… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

Russia and Turkey Pushed the West Out of Syria

Neither the U.S. nor European powers seem to have been aware that Russia and Turkey were negotiating a ceasefire and evacuation deal for Aleppo on Tuesday. Bloomberg View By Leonid Bershidsky After the capture of the ravaged but all-important city by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, this may be the… Russia and Turkey… Read More »

California governor: ‘If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite’

California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a fiery speech on climate-change policy on Wednesday, during which he said, “If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” according to The Los Angeles Times. Business Insider Rafi Letzter Brown was speaking at the 2016 meeting of the… California governor: ‘If… Read More »

Sign-ups for 2017 Affordable Care Act health plans run slightly ahead of last year

The number of Americans signing up for 2017 health plans through HealthCare.gov is running slightly ahead of a year ago, even as President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress prepare to dismantle the law that provides the coverage. The Washington Post Amy Goldstein Customers new to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces account for just 25 percent of the enrollment so far, however, compared with almost 40 percent at about the same time last year, according to figures released… Sign-ups for ... Read More »

Art exhibit showcases Syrian history, culture

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is exhibiting more than 40 works of Syrian art in an attempt to raise awareness of the rich cultural and artistic histories of Syria. Al Monitor Aaron Schaffer The exhibition, entitled “Syria: A Living History,” will be on display at the museum through late February. The exhibition was curated by… Art exhibit showcases Syrian… Read More »