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President Joe Biden likes to present himself as an advocate for racial justice and a man of the people, especially those whose voices are often under-represented. Yet his actions routinely contradict his lofty rhetoric. A recent example is how he has ignored African people’s plea not to fund abortions on their continent.

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has ordered troops involved in counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast to swiftly attune themselves to war mode, lamenting a slack in personnel performance that has prolonged the war.

An internal army correspondence seen by the Gazette, titled: “COAS Special Order-01 Change to War Mode,” also directed soldiers deployed in ‘Operation Lafiya Dole — a special anti-terrorism combat squad — to treat all individuals in the troubled region as Boko Haram suspects until properly identified.

The International Police Organisation has apprehended three Nigerians for alleged involvement in a cyber scam targeting governments and private firms in over 150 countries.

They were said to be part of a criminal organisation that allegedly compromised thousands of government and private companies across the world.

Is religious freedom threatened in Europe? 

Europe is not the first place most people think of when they hear talk about threats to religious liberty. But Church leaders there have recently been cautioning about trends in that direction.

Norway’s parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender people on Tuesday, expanding its penal code which has protected gay and lesbian people since 1981.

People found guilty of hate speech face a fine or up to a year in jail for private remarks, and a maximum of three years in jail for public comments, according to the penal code.

Hungary has proposed to amend its constitution to guarantee that children will be raised with the gender identity that corresponds to their biological gender. Justice Minister Judit Varga submitted the draft amendment to parliament on Tuesday.

Convictions of six Nigerians, who were arrested and convicted of supporting terrorism last year, have been upheld in appeals court in the United Arab Emirates. The six were convicted of supplying Boko Haram with more than $750,000 in funds from 2015 to 2016.

Don’t mess with Texas — that’s the message Planned Parenthood is hearing loud and clear as they contend with being kicked out of the Lone Star state’s Medicaid program. Since 2015, Texas has been fighting to disqualify Planned Parenthood from Medicaid, when the undercover journalists from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) published evidence of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast scheming to violate federal laws by changing abortion procedures to procure “intact fetal cadavers” and selling the body parts of aborted children as “a matter of line items.” 

Only days after issuing huge fines to a church for holding “illegal” drive-in church services, a Canadian province has now reversed course and will allow people to worship in their cars in church parking lots.

Beginning this Saturday, the provincial government of Manitoba under Progressive Conservative Premier Brian Pallister will let people attend drive-in church services, so long as they remain in the car and the occupants are of the same household.

Faith-based organizations will, at least for the moment, be able to make religiously-informed hiring decisions without fear of being discriminated against for government contracts under an administrative rule finalized Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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