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British Humanist Association - Following an objection submitted by the Fair Admissions Campaign(FAC), a Jewish state school in north London has been ordered by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator to remove from its admission arrangements the requirement that parents comply with a strict set of rules relating to their sex life. Hasmonean High School in Barnet had been seeking assurances from prospective parents that they adhered to the 'laws of family purity', which state that a husband and wife may not engage in sexual relations during the period of her menstruation, and for seven days afterwards. The British Humanist Association (BHA), a founding member of the FAC, has welcomed the adjudicator's decision.
Assessing whether or not the requirement, which appears as part of the Questionnaire for Rabbis, represented a fair, clear and objective criterion, as is required by the School Admissions Code, the adjudicator stated that 'some parents applying for places at the school may find it embarrassing or intrusive'. He went on to conclude that it would not be possible for a Rabbi to objectively assess observance of the law, and therefore ordered the school to remove the requirement from its admission arrangements.
According to The NewYork Times, Karl Andree, 74, has been in a Saudi prison for over a year and faces 350 lashes because bottles of wine were found in his car.Mr. Andree's family has been pleading with the government to intervene.
For more than a year, an asthmatic 74-year-old grandfather and former oil executive has sat in a prison in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, accused of violating the country's strict prohibition on alcohol after the authorities found bottles of homemade wine in his car.
The case of the former executive, Karl Andree, a Briton who has lived inSaudi Arabia for 25 years and is a cancer survivor, has now become a matter of geopolitical controversy amid an outcry over the sentence he faces: 350 lashes, a punishment that his family says could kill him.
The British government said Tuesday that it was canceling a program to train prison officers in Saudi Arabia and that Prime Minister David Cameron would make a personal appeal for clemency, as Mr. Andree's case continued to draw attention on social media.
A local politician said this year that homosexuality is "a social disease that should be eradicated."
By Dominique Mosbergen - Huffington Post
This is the first part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region and highlights the courageous work of activists there.
Hartoyo remembers that fateful night in 2007 all too clearly. He had been home with his boyfriend in the Indonesian province of Aceh when a group of people broke down the door and began ransacking the place. The strangers "dragged me, beat me, verbally abused me," Hartoyo recalled in a 2013 interview with 429Magazine. They then called the police.
"I get so angry when I remember what happened," Hartoyo told the BBC. "The police urinated on my head and beat the two of us up."
According to ABC News, Iraqi security forces claim to have struck the convoy of Islamic State (IS) group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike near the country's border with Syria.
The military said in a statement that the air force bombed the convoy as Baghdadi travelled to a meeting with IS "commanders" in Karabla, barely five kilometres from the border with Syria.
"The location of the meeting was also bombed and many of the group's leaders were killed and wounded," the statement said.
"Fate of murderer al-Baghdadi is unknown and he was carried away by a vehicle.
"His health condition is still unclear."
According to Ahram Online, an Egyptian appeals court upheld Saturday a five-year prison sentence against TV anchor Islam El-Behery, a prominent researcher in Islamic studies, for "contempt of religion".
El-Behery received the sentence in May and was released on bail in the case, which was filed by lawyer Mohamed Abdel-Salam.
In June, El-Behery was acquitted of charges of blasphemy in another case.
The researcher's show, With Islam, was canceled in April. It aired on satellite TV channel Al-Kahera Wal-Nas and tackled controversial issues like punishments for apostasy and different interpretations of Islam.
Investigation finds that Russian-linked gangs specifically targeted the extremist group
By Steve Anderson - Independent
Smuggling gangs with suspected Russian links tried to sell nuclear material to Islamic extremists from Isis, an investigation has found.
In the backwaters of Moldova, authorities working with the FBI interrupted four attempts in the past five years by the gangs that sought to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists, The Associated Press news agency learned. The latest known case came in February this year, when a smuggler offered a huge cache of deadly cesium — enough to contaminate several city blocks — and specifically sought a buyer from Isis.
The smuggler, Valentin Grossu, offered the supply of cesium to what he thought was an Isis representative in exchange for €2.5 million, according to the investigation. The representative was in fact an informant.
Nigeria predicts that Boko Haram will soon be defeated, but the militant group's ties with Islamic State mean that would probably push the fighters further into neighbouring countries, writes BBC Monitoring Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo.
The Nigerian military has been in overdrive in trying to control the narrative of its war against Boko Haram in recent weeks.
It says it has cornered the jihadists and the conflict will soon be over - in line with its mandate from President Muhammadu Buhari to end the crisis by mid-November.
Boko Haram's eccentric frontman Abubakar Shekau has not appeared in a video since February, when he threatened to disrupt the elections.
According to National Post, a Pakistani man accused of plotting a suicide bombing in Toronto's financial district because he thought killing Canadians was his "path to heaven" has been deported, several sources confirmed Thursday.
Jahanzeb Malik left Montreal airport escorted by Canada Border Services Agency officers. Meanwhile, a second Pakistani man also deemed a danger to security, Mohammed Aqeeq Ansari, was deported from Toronto.
The CBSA declined to comment but Malik's lawyer, Anser Farooq, confirmed his client had departed Canada. Ansari's parents were summoned to a location near Toronto airport late Wednesday to see him off, a friend said.
The removals followed weeks of diplomacy between Canada and Pakistan, which was reluctant to take the men back. The deportations were delayed for almost three months amid a flurry of meetings between the two countries.
The Pakistani High Commission in Ottawa said Friday both men had arrived in Pakistan. "They're not in custody as far as I know," said Nazia Khalid, the Press Counsellor.
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