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World news in brief

07 November 2014


Ablaze: A docu­mentary telling the story of the ten churches in Texas that were set on fire in one month in 2010 will open in the US on 21 Novem­ber. Little Hope was Arson ex­­plores the mo­­tives of the two young men convicted of the crime, and the effect on their families and on the churches' congregations.  www.littlehopewasarson.com

Ablaze: A docu­mentary telling the story of the ten churches in Texas that were set on fire in one month in 2010 will open in the U...

Anis: Terrorist attacks are ignored by media

TERRORIST attacks in Egypt are being "largely ignored" by the world's press, the President-Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Most Revd Mouneer Anis, suggested last week. He pointed out that a state of emergency has been declared in North Sinai after a suicide car bombing on 24 October left 31 soldiers dead. Hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been killed since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi removed President Morsi from power and declared that his party, the Muslim Brotherhood, was a terrorist organisation. Archbishop Anis said that "many people in Egypt now believe that this country was saved from a fate similar to that of Syria when the Muslim Brotherhood was removed from power."

Archbishop of Cape Town calls for crackdown on guns

THE Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, has backed a call for the destruction of illegal firearms, after the killing of the footballer Senzo Meyiwa. At a memorial service on Thursday of last week, the president of the South African football association, Danny Jordaan said: "We must take those guns to the furnace and build a statue for Senzo Meyiwa." Archbishop Makgoba gave his full support: "We need a major intervention to curb violence and the use of guns in South Africa."

Sodastream announces relocation out of West Bank

SODASTREAM, an Israeli manufacturer, announced last week that it would move one of its factories out of a West Bank settlement. The announcement follows an appeal by activists for a boycott of the company, which opposes all trade from Israeli settlements. Sodastream described the move as a "purely commercial" decision.

Bishop denounces 'offensive' name of football team

THE Washington Redskins should change their name, the Bishop of Washington, the Rt Revd Mariann Edgar Budde, said last Friday. "How could the name . . . not be offensive to those who know that there was once a $200 reward for every 'redskin' killed in US territories?" she asked.

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