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W. Stuart Symington, United States Ambassador to Nigeria

Ramadan: US envoy tasks Nigerians on peace, unity

The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has called on Nigerians to use the Ramadan period to foster peace and unity amongst themselves irrespective of religious or ethnic affiliation.
A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has left for Canada to be reunited with her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said Wednesday.

Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy leaves Pakistan

A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has left for Canada to be reunited with her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said Wednesday.
Asia Bibi

Pakistan court upholds Aasia Bibi’s blasphemy acquittal

Pakistan's Supreme Court has upheld the acquittal of a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, standing by its earlier verdict that sparked days of protests, death threats and nationwide chaos.
Asia Bibi

Pakistan Supreme Court to review Christian’s blasphemy acquittal

Pakistan's Supreme Court will begin a review of its acquittal of a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, a verdict that sparked days of protests, death threats, and chaos across the country.
New legislation regulating print and online media alarmed press freedom advocates, who fear it will grant authorities censorship tools [K.M.Chaudary-AP]

Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

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Thousands of Indonesian Islamists attend a rally in Jakarta on December 2, 2018, to commemorate the second anniversary of a demonstration which led to the fall of Jakarta's then Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. PRANANDITYA - AFP

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C‎leric tasks federal government to create religious comparative studies institute

‎Overseer Christ and Evangelical Intercessory and life Intervention‎, Pastor Yohana Buru, has called for the creation of institutes of comparative studies across the country to promote religious tolerance among Nigerians.
Asia Bibi

Christian Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy seeks UK asylum

The husband of a Christian Pakistani woman who was accused of blasphemy has asked Theresa May to grant them asylum in Britain.
Tehreek-e-Labaik supporters blocked a street in Islamabad

Pakistan shuts phone networks as Islamists protest over Christian woman

Pakistan suspended mobile phone networks in major cities on Friday and many schools were closed as Islamist groups protested for a third day against the acquittal of a Christian woman facing the death penalty for blasphemy.
Tehreek-e-Labaik supporters blocked a street in Islamabad

Protests delay release of Pakistani Christian woman accused of blasphemy

The release of a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy has been delayed.
Pakistan Islamists

Pakistan Islamists block roads to protest acquittal of Christian

Pakistan’s ultra-Islamist party blocked roads in major cities for a third day on Friday in protest against the acquittal of a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy allegations.
Asia Bibi

Pakistan Islamists protest for second day after Christian acquitted of blasphemy

Islamist protesters blocked roads in Pakistan’s major cities for a second day on Thursday, opposing a Supreme Court decision on Wednesday to acquit a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy allegations, media said.

Emir of Potiskum calls for religious tolerance among Nigerians

The Emir of Potiskum in Yobe, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, has called for the setting up of institutions on comparative religious studies to deepen understanding and tolerance among adherents of various religions in the country.
Asia Bibi

Pakistani Islamist party calls for death of judges who freed Christian woman convicted of...

A hard-line Islamist party in Pakistan on Wednesday called for the death of the chief justice of the Supreme Court and two other judges who overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy.
Asia Bibi

Pakistan frees Christian woman facing death in blasphemy case

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Christian woman sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy against Islam, a ruling likely to set off mass street protests by hardline Islamists.
Ireland has re-elected Michael Higgins as president for a second seven-year term.

Ireland re-elects 77-year old Michael Higgins as president

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Asia Bibi

Pakistani Christian in final court appeal against blasphemy execution

Pakistan’s Supreme Court will begin hearing the final appeal Monday of a Christian mother on death row for blasphemy, a notorious case which could see her become the first to be executed under the controversial laws.
Rolando Mandragora

Italy midfielder Rolando Mandragora banned for blasphemy

Italian international Rolando Mandragora has been banned for one Serie A game after making “blasphemous remarks” during his team Udinese’s 1-0 win over Sampdoria at the weekend.

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