The Statistic

4th June, 2020
Number of countries which have imposed border restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic to stop the spread of the disease: More than 150
Source: UN


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4th June, 2020
RECESSION: In Australia, according to Treasurer John Frydenburg, after Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the economy contracted 0.3 per cent in the three months to the end of March.
ADMITTED: Anders Tegnell, the man behind Sweden's controversial decision not to impose a strict lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that there have been too many deaths - now at more than 4,500 - in the nation.
IDENTIFIED: A new suspect - an unnamed German man who is currently in prison - in 2007 disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, UK and German police have announced.


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In an article first published on The Conversation, SUMIT GANGULY, of Indiana University, says he's not surprised that India's Dalits are among those worst affected by the coronavirus crisis in India given the caste system which still operates in the nation...

Former US police officer and now a visiting associate professor of sociology at Emmanuel College in Boston, TOM NOLAN looks, in an article first published on The Conversation, says police culture in the US appears to be stuck in an “us vs them” mentality...

In an article first published on Religion News Service, ANDREW WHITEHEAD, co-author of 'Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States', looks at the idea of Christian nationalism against the backdrop of events in Washington this week... 

They Said It

"If China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away; instead we will honour our obligations and provide an alternative."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, writing in The Times, in an article in which he says Britain will not walk away from the people of Hong Kong if China enacts a national security law that would interfere with the city's promised autonomy (as quoted on the ABC).


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This Week on the Web

4th June, 2020
Episcopalian and author DIANA BUTLER BASS says she was "mortified" and "shocked" when US President Donald Trump posed outside a Washington, DC, church, holding a Bible this week. Read her op-ed piece published on CNN, 'As a Christian and a human being, I was appalled by Trump's church photo op'...


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The Word Explained

1st June, 2020
Purgatory: Catholic belief that there is a half-way house, before Heaven, for some people whose sin still needs to be dealt with.


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  • ALVIN JOHNSON looks at Biblical mentions of barley, known as seorah...

  • Even as coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures are easing, using technology to connect with others - whether for personal, religious or work-related reasons - remains a way of life for many for the forseeable future. ELISABETH CARTER looks at some ways to combat 'Zoom fatigue'...

  • With hand-washing a key component in the fight against coronavirus, JUDITH RIDNER, professor of history at Mississippi State University, writes, in an article first published on The Conversation, about the origins of soap...





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