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  • A former chairman of governors at a state secondary school embroiled in the alleged Trojan horse controversy has told a tribunal that he would not describe himself as extremist or radical.

    Tahir Alam told a care standards tribunal that he was a Muslim who believed in democratic values and held generally mainstream political views.

    Alam, who was chairman of governors at Park View school in Alum Rock, Birmingham, from 1997 to 2014, and chairman of a trust set up to manage the school, has been barred from involvement in the management of schools by the Department for Education.

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  • The Church of England’s first black bishop in more than 20 years has said that he came to Britain from Nigeria as a missionary to a "spiritually deficient" country.

    The Right Rev Woyin Karowei Dorgu was consecrated as the Bishop of Woolwich last week, the first black bishop since the consecration of John Sentamu in 1996 and only the third in the church’s history.

    Born in Nigeria, where he trained as a GP, he said that he felt called to missionary work and was drawn to Britain as "part of a global western world that was spiritually deficient in many ways".

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  • Four people - including an attacker and a police officer - have been confirmed dead after a man drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then entered parliament armed with one or more knives.

    Emergency services received calls alerting them to an incident at 2.40pm on Wednesday, with a first medical response on the scene six minutes later. An air ambulance helicopter landed outside parliament as emergency services attended to casualties on Westminster Bridge and within New Palace Yard on the parliamentary estate. Parliament was adjourned and locked down as police imposed a security cordon around Westminster, including Whitehall and Victoria Street.

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  • The Story: The Chinese government recently admitted that over the last four decades the country has aborted 336 million unborn children, many of them forcibly.

    The Background: According to the Financial Times, on March 14 the Chinese Health Ministry reported the following statistics for its family planning practices since 1971:

    • 336 million abortions performed;
    • 196 million sterilizations conducted;
    • 403 million intrauterine devices inserted. China, the world’s most populous country, first instituted limits on population growth in 1971 and established its "one-child" population control program in 1979.

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  • Faith schools, particularly Catholic primaries, lack social and economic diversity, the report says.

    Faith schools are more economically and ethnically segregated than secular schools, a new report has found.

    This is particularly pronounced at Catholic primary schools, according to the study, Understanding School Segregation in England: 2011 to 2016, which has been produced by integration charity The Challenge.

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  • Far be it from me to be ageist, but you have to wonder whether or not it’s time for the 81-year-old Wendy Savage, retired gynaecologist and obstetrician, to step down from British Medical Association’s ethics committee, as she appears to have a tenuous grasp of facts and reality.

    In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Professor Savage makes the outrageous claim that women ought to be able to abort their babies on the grounds of their not being the desired gender right up until the point of birth.

    According to our learned professor, "If a woman does not want to have a foetus who is one sex or the other, forcing her [to go through with the pregnancy] is not going to be good for the eventual child, and it’s not going to be good for [the mother's] mental health."

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  • The Church in Wales is the Anglican Church in Wales, and it is disestablished. It’s appointments procedure is therefore an entirely internal matter, at some arms' length from the kingdom of politics. Notwithstanding this, a whole odium of politicians has written to the bishops currently charged with selecting the next Bishop of Llandaff, to replace the retired Most Rev'd Dr Barry Morgan, who was also Archbishop of Wales (in Wales, one of the diocesan bishops has traditionally also held the title ‘Archbishop of Wales' in addition to his/her own see, but this is currently under review, with a proposal to 'fix' the Archiepiscopal see in Llandaff. The next bishop of Llandaff could therefore also be elected Archbishop of Wales). The choice falls to the small Bench of Bishops because the 47-strong electoral college charged with choosing Dr Morgan's successor ended in stalemate, with no candidate gaining the requisite two-thirds of the vote.

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  • British police say they believe Khalid Masood who killed three people, including an American man, outside Parliament Wednesday was born in Britain, was "inspired by international terrorism," and acted alone.

    But police aren't taking any chances. They raided six addresses and arrested eight people in connection with the attack.

    The attack began when Masood used his SUV to mow down pedestrians on the city's famed Westminster Bridge. The knife-wielding terrorist then stabbed a policeman fatally before he was shot dead by police.

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  • Money worries are the top strain on couples, a major new survey has revealed, with over a quarter saying it was the factor that damaged their relationship most.

    The data portrayed a largely positive of picture of British relationships with three-quarters of couples saying they are satisfied and 57 per cent saying they were 'completely' or 'almost completely' rewarding.

    Compiled by Marriage Care alongside Relate and Relationships Scotland, the report is one of the largest studies of relationships in the UK with more than 5,000 people interviewed.

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  • Christianity is all but dead in war-torn Iraq, according to the so-called British "Vicar of Baghdad".

    Canon Andrew White, who was vicar of the only Anglican church in the country before being pulled out in 2014, said the "time has come" where Christianity "is over" in Iraq.

    Mr White, from Kent, was speaking in a Fox News interview as the Iraqi military continues its offensive to drive Isis out of its major Iraqi stronghold Mosul, and after Donald Trump attempted to enforce a travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and north Africa.

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