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  1. News - World

    Church of England lost credibility on women bishops

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 09:36pm by Agence France-Presse in London

    ... Agence France-Presse in London The Church of England has “undoubtedly” lost credibility after voting to reject the appointment of women bishops, its leader the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Wednesday. Rowan Williams accused elements inside the church of being “wilfully blind” to the priorities of wider society after its governing body, the General Synod, voted against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1087738/church-england-lost-credibility-women-bishops
  2. Media snippets greeted with an air of indifference

    Posted Apr 04th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. Media insiders defended the relative silence by saying mainland outlets did not usually report the deteriorating health of statesmen, domestic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/495363/media-snippets-greeted-air-indifference
  3. Dim view of religion in less enlightened nations

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... countries, two-thirds of the world's states. That's up from 128 nations two years ago. Fifty governments banned at least one religious group. Liberty is both rare and precious. Unfortunately, a majority of the world's population faces varying restrictions on worshipping their god. As these threats increase, history obviously has more surprises left for us. Doug Bandow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/979498/dim-view-religion-less-enlightened-nations
  4. News - World - US POLITICS

    References to God and Jerusalem back on the US Democrats' party platform

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Charlotte God and Jerusalem back on the party platform US President Barack Obama ordered Democrats to reinsert references to God and Jerusalem in their party ... that America has their back." Since 1992, Democrats have stated unequivocally that "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel", but the US embassy remains in Tel Aviv pending an agreement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1030948/references-god-and-jerusalem-back-us-democrats-party-platform
  5. News - Asia - INDIA

    Tens of millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival

    Posted Feb 10th 2013, 01:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Allahabad

    ... Agence France-Presse in Allahabad Tens of millions of Hindus gathered Sunday for a holy bath in India’s sacred river Ganges on the most auspicious day of the world’s largest religious ... a holy dip in the rivers,” Sharma told news agency AFP. “Public address systems are asking people to leave the ghats (steps) after bathing to avoid a crush.” The “Maha Kumbh Mela”, which began ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1147368/tens-millions-hindus-bathe-ganges-kumbh-mela-festival
  6. News - World - OBITUARY

    US secular humanist Paul Kurtz dies at 86

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by Reuters in Geneva

    ... Reuters in Geneva US philosopher Paul Kurtz, 86, was leading promoter of non-religious stances since 1960s Humanist backed atheists' rights Paul Kurtz, a leading US philosopher who ... which he had left over a succession dispute in 2010. In Geneva, he was hailed by Roy Brown, chief representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council for the International Humanist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1068159/us-secular-humanist-paul-kurtz-dies-86
  7. Security tight on anniversary of Falun Gong crackdown

    Posted Apr 26th 2009, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... but that was not unusual at politically sensitive times. 'You can't say anything is unusual today in view of security in the national capital,' he said, while driving along the roads surrounding ... Cary Huang in Beijing Security was tightened in Tiananmen Square and on roads surrounding Zhongnanhai in Beijing yesterday on the 10th anniversary of the central government's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/678173/security-tight-anniversary-falun-gong-crackdown
  8. Terrifying reminder of the ideology of hate

    Posted Dec 16th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... With the news pages being dominated by what diplomats really think of world affairs in recent weeks and the subsequent persecution of the man and the organisation which allowed the public to see those thoughts, a suicide bomber in Sweden unwittingly helpe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733522/terrifying-reminder-ideology-hate
  9. Nation where Christianity's east and west traditions flourish

    Posted Dec 06th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Walker

    ... membership and attendance steadily rise. Moreover, the church forms an important part of the nation's spiritual and cultural life. The Orthodox faith was actually the first form of Christianity to reach Finland, arriving in the nation's southeast periphery more than 1,000 years ago through merchants and fur traders travelling from the east. In time, monasteries were founded ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/662773/nation-where-christianitys-east-and-west-traditions-flourish
  10. Xinjiang terror top threat to Olympics: security official

    Posted Jul 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that has long claimed Xinjiang as part of a central Asian nation called East Turkestan, has been seen as a serious security problem in the region in recent decades. In the aftermath ... Al Guo in Beijing Meng Hongwei names three dangers to event A senior public security official has named what Beijing perceives as the three top security threats to the Olympic Games ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643905/xinjiang-terror-top-threat-olympics-security-official

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