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From tiaras to tutus, firemen's helmet and superhero cloaks, boys and girls should wear what they want without conforming to gender stereotypes, the Church of England said on Monday, in a bid to combat homophobic bullying in schools.

The church said schools should be a

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the main umbrella organisation of the major churches, has expressed concern to President Muhammadu Buhari over ongoing violence by Fulani herdsmen in the country’s Middle Belt states.

Throughout September and October, repeated attacks against Christian communities left more than


EU legislator Peter van Dalen with Asia Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, and two of her daughters. PICTURE: Via BosNewsLife

European legislators have visited Pakistan amid concerns that Christian Asia Bibi, a married mother of five, may become the first woman to

Amid concerns that the planet is on track for global temperatures to increase by at least three degrees Celsius, a key church leader from the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, speaking at the climate change talks currently underway in Bonn, has said that even a two degree increase will mean

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A  group of 17 NGOs has called for the release of detained bloggers and human rights activists in Vietnam, the country Amnesty said last year had the highest number of prisoners of conscience in Southeast Asia.

In July, there were more than 90 prisoners of conscience

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Haiti, which was hit last year by its strongest hurricane in 50 years, has been ranked the country worst-affected by extreme weather in 2016, in an index published on Thursday.

Zimbabwe, which suffered severe drought followed by floods, came second. Fiji, recovering from the strongest


US Vice President Mike Pence hugs Evelyn Holcombe at Floresville High School during a stop in Floresville, Texas. A man opened fire inside a church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing and wounding many; Holcombe was in the church during the shooting but

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Nepal’s Prime Minister has committed to addressing the Christian community’s concerns over religious freedoms, reports Asia News. Some estimates put its number at four per cent of the population.

Dinesh Bhattarai, advisor to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, said the commitment “will be immediately put into practice and everything will

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The number of homeless people in England has soared past 300,000, with one in 200 sleeping rough, a charity said on Wednesday, conceding the true figure is likely to be higher.

Homelessness has risen by four per cent - an increase of 13,000 people -

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Hardship is intensifying for millions in Yemen, reeling from war, starvation and a major cholera epidemic, after its borders were closed, blocking vital food and medical deliveries, an aid worker said on Wednesday.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Monday


Christian rights activists have urged China not to forcibly repatriate ten North Korean defectors, including a four-year-old child, who were detained by police in Shenyang city.

Their appeal came while US President Donald Trump issued a direct and personal warning to North Korea's leader Kim

The St Vincent de Paul Society has called on its Australian members to write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and express their "deep and urgent" concern for the safety of 600 men who remain in the Australian refugee processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

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The result of Australia's postal survey on same-sex marriage will be published at 10am next Wednesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics officially closed the survey on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the ABS estimated that it had received 12.6 million surveys - representing 78.5 per cent of eligible voters

Two Sudanese church leaders have been found guilty of criminal misappropriation and trespass, following a long-running dispute over church land and property.

Rafat Samir, chairman of the Lands and Buildings Committee of the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), and Rev Daniel William, the deputy chairman, were each fined 5,000 Sudanese pounds

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