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Taliban minister defends closing universities to women as global backlash grows

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Kabul, AfghanistanReuters Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration said on Thursday it had closed universities to women partly due to female students not adhering to its interpretation of the Islamic dress code, in a decision that was condemned globally. Female university students were turned away from campuses on Wednesday and the higher education ministry said their access would […]

“Colin loved the church”: Powell recalled as Episcopalian at cathedral funeral

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Washington DC, USRNS Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell, known as a four-star general and as a one-time Secretary of State, was remembered at his funeral at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday as a man of the Episcopal faith. Longtime colleague and friend Richard Armitage, who served as deputy secretary of state […]

US ex-Presidents Bush, Clinton, Obama band together to aid Afghan refugees

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New York City/Washington DC, USReuters Three former US presidents – Republican George W Bush and Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – have banded together behind a new group aimed at supporting refugees from Afghanistan settling in the United States following the recent American withdrawal ending 20 years of war.  The former leaders and their […]

Twenty years on, US commemorates those lost during 9/11 attacks

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New York/Shanksville, Pennsylavania/Washington DC, USAP The 9/11 anniversary commemoration at ground zero began with a tolling bell and a moment of silence, exactly 20 years after the start of the deadliest terror attack on US soil. President Joe Biden, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, members of Congress, and other dignitaries joined a crowd […]

Biden order re-establishes faith-focused White House office

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Washington DC, USAP President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sunday relaunching a White House office aimed at fostering cooperation between the federal government and faith-based and secular community organisations. The order reestablishes the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a 20-year-old initiative first put in place by President George W Bush. The White House said the […]

Texas megachurch pastor sent to prison for fraud scheme

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Houston, USAP A former Houston megachurch pastor who once was an adviser to presidents has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for his part in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.  “They trusted me with their money, and I abused that trust,” Kirbyjon Caldwell, former pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, an 18,000-member […]