Government Tries to Redefine First Amendment in Major Federal Prayer Case

Government Tries to Redefine First Amendment in Major Federal Prayer Case

Government Tries to Redefine First Amendment in Major Federal Prayer Case Attorneys with First Liberty Argue in Court for Woman Ordered Not to Pray in Her Home Government : Oral arguments took place March 21 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on behalf of First Liberty client Mary Anne Sause of Louisburg, Kansas. Ms. Sause was ordered by police to stop praying in her own home. Her lawsuit was rejected by a federal district court that said that the police’s order “may have offended her,…

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Government designates 12 Olympians as National Observers

Government designates 12 Olympians as National Observers

Government designates 12 Olympians as National Observers The National Observers would be playing a key role in implementation of action plans for Mission Olympics 2020, 2024 and 2028. The government of India has designated 12 Olympians, including Beijing Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, as National Observers in their respective disciplines to assist in preparation and implementation of the long-term development plan. Besides Bindra, other named as National Observers are P T Usha and Anju Bobby George (athletics), Sanjeev Kumar Singh (archery), Aparna Popat (badminton), MC Mary Kom and Akhil Kumar…

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China targets parents with religion rules in Xinjiang

China targets parents with religion rules in Xinjiang

China targets parents with religion rules in Xinjiang   Government denies committing abuses and says legal rights of Uighur people are protected as new laws are announced. File: China guarantees freedom of religion but has cracked down on some Muslim religious schools [Aly Song/Reuters] Parents and guardians in China’s heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang who encourage or force their children into religious activities will be reported to the police, the government said on Wednesday while unveiling new education rules. Hundreds of people have died in recent years in Xinjiang, the…

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Afghanistan ghost soldiers’ take scary toll on US taxpayers, says watchdog

Afghanistan's 'ghost soldiers' take scary toll on US taxpayers, says watchdog

Afghanistan ghost soldiers’ take scary toll on US taxpayers, says watchdog The U.S. government is paying the salaries of “tens of thousands” of non-existent Afghan soldiers, police, teachers and civil servants, a top Pentagon official said Wednesday in reporting on the scale and variety of misspent U.S. money. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), said the salaries of “ghost soldiers” is just one of many ways Americans’ money is wasted in Afghanistan – all for rather modest gains. His comments summarize a SIGAR report that aims to…

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Mosul battle: Iraqi government forces reach Tigris river

Mosul battle

Mosul battle: Iraqi government forces reach Tigris river Iraqi government forces fighting so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul have reached the banks of the Tigris river in the city for the first time. A spokesman for the counter-terrorism forces said they had reached the eastern side of the river at one of the bridges damaged by IS. Government forces launched an offensive to drive IS from its last major stronghold in Iraq last October. They have been pushing into the city district by district from the east. The military said…

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