The Statistic

16th April, 2021
Proportion of women in developing nations who are able to make decisions over their own bodies such as whether they want to have sex, seek healthcare and use contraception: About half
Source: UNFPA

 

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Moments

15th April, 2021
IMPOSED: The US, a broad array of sanctions on Russia - including curbs to its sovereign debt market - as punishment for interfering in last year's US election, cyber hacking, bullying Ukraine and other alleged malign actions.
CONFIRMED: By Brazil's Supreme Court, a decision to annul criminal convictions against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; it frees him for a presidential run against current President Jair Bolsonaro in 2022.
ADOPTED: In France, legislation that characterises sex with a child under the age of 15 as rape and punishable by up to 20 years in jail; while the age of consent was previously 15, prosecutors in France used to be required to prove sex was non-consensual to obtain a rape conviction.

 

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Essays

In an article first published on Religion News Service, SHIRLEY HOOGSTRA, president of the US-based Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and EBOO PATEL, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, write about a new partnership aimed at overcoming religious divides...

In an article published on The Conversation, SUJEET KUMAR, a senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University,  says its time for India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi "to show decisive leadership"...

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They Said It

"If it seems impossible [to host the Olympics] any more, then we have to stop it, decisively."
- Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, speaking to broadcaster TBS in which he said cancellation of the games remained an "option". The Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee responded with a statement saying all those involved in preparing for the Games remained fully focused on hosting them in the summer (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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This Week on the Web

16th April, 2021
How does Biblical geography shape our view of God's mission? KELSA GRAYBILL looks at five ways in an article on Christianity Today...

 

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The Word Explained

12th April, 2021
Gate-crashers (in Jesus' Parable of the Wedding Feast): People who sneak in without the host's appropriate clothing.

 

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