What happened when the Olympic committee tried to exclude Brazil’s African faiths

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What happened when the Olympic committee tried to exclude Brazil’s African faiths happened Happened : RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) When Mother Fatima Damas discovered her African-Brazilian religious beliefs would not be represented in the interfaith rooms of the Olympic Village, she was so incensed she launched a campaign to overturn the controversial exclusion. “We may not have millions of followers but our faith matters here in our country, and this showed a lack of respect,” said Damas, president of Brazil’s Umbanda Spiritualist Congregation. The International Olympic Committee had chosen only…

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Trumplomacy What happened to State Dept press briefings?

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Trumplomacy What happened to State Dept press briefings? During this week of mounting civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, I felt the absence of the State Department press briefing. The Pentagon spoke about the issue at various times in various venues. But I was reminded of the bombing of Aleppo late last year. Every day on camera we had a chance to grill the State Department spokesperson about what the US was, or wasn’t doing, to protect civilians. Then the blame was on Russian and Syrian warplanes, now it’s on…

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North Waziristan: What happened after militants lost the battle?

North Waziristan: What happened after militants lost the battle?

North Waziristan: What happened after militants lost the battle? Image copyrightAFPImage captionPakistani troops cleared militants from North Waziristan in a long, bloody campaign For over a decade the inaccessible and mountainous tribal area of North Waziristan was home to a swirling array of violent jihadists. The Pakistan and Afghan Taliban movements, al-Qaeda and less well-known militant outfits such as the Haqqani Network used the area to hold hostages, train militants, store weapons and deploy suicide bombers to attack targets in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Today the militants have gone. Virtually…

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