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In the US, clergy file suit over Missouri abortion ban, arguing it establishes a religion

US Missouri Rev Traci Blackmon

United StatesRNS An interfaith group of clergy has filed a lawsuit challenging Missouri’s strict abortion ban, arguing the statute violates the state’s constitution by imposing one set of religious values on all residents. Advocates announced the lawsuit on Thursday from the sanctuary of Christ Church Cathedral, an Episcopal church in St Louis. Traci Blackmon speaks […]

Repeat COVID is riskier than first infection, study finds

Bulgaria Sofia ICU

Reuters The risk of death, hospitalization and serious health issues from COVID-19 jumps significantly with reinfection compared with a first bout with the virus, regardless of vaccination status, according to a study published on Thursday. “Reinfection with COVID-19 increases the risk of both acute outcomes and long COVID,” said Dr Ziyad Al-Aly of Washington University […]

Private bill seeks freedom for man living in church in US state of Missouri

US Rep Cori Bush

O’Fallon, Missouri, USAP US Representative Cori Bush introduced legislation to Congress on Monday to grant permanent residency to Alex Garcia, a Honduran immigrant who has spent more than three years inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation. Bush, a freshman Democrat from St Louis, announced a private bill that would allow the married father of five […]

Updated: Five police shot during US protests, Trump says he could bring in military

US protests Donald Trump Washington

Last updated 10.45pm (AEST)Washington DC/Minneapolis, USReuters At least five US police were hit by gunfire during violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody, police and media said, hours after President Donald Trump said he would deploy the military if unrest does not stop.  Trump deepened outrage on Monday by posing […]

US Presbyterians demur on divestment from fossil fuels

PCUSA investment protest

RNS For the third time in a row, the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly decided against divesting from companies invested in fossil fuels. Instead, delegates passed a resolution at the biennial meeting of the PCUSA last week in St Louis asking the denomination’s Mission Responsibility Through Investment committee to continue engagement with corporations that produce or heavily consume fossil […]