Christian villagers in Burkina Faso have come under threat by IS extremists for refusing to convert to Islam. According to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), 2,000 villagers from Hitté and Rounga in Burkina Faso's Loroum Province, fled their homes following violent attacks by Islamist extremists earlier this month. Speaking about the attack on Hitté, ACN's source said: "At the beginning of September, 16 men arrived in the village, intercepting the villagers who were returning from the fields. "Some of the men forced the people to enter the church where they threatened the Christians and ordered them to leave their homes in the next three days, while others set fire to whatever they found in their path. Now Hitté is empty of any Christians and any catechumens." 7,000 people reportedly sought shelter in the provinces' capital, Titao.

 

 

The Named Person scheme was a ‘costly farce’ and ‘protracted folly’ which had to be scrapped, newspapers have said. Yesterday’s decision by the Scottish Government to axe the scheme received wide coverage across TV, online and in newspapers. Editorials in The Times, Daily Record and the Scottish Daily Mail welcomed the decision – which came three years after The Christian Institute won a legal case on the issue at the UK Supreme Court. The Times said the move ended “one of the most protracted follies in the history of the Holyrood parliament”. Noting ministers’ claims that the scheme needed only ‘tweaking’ after the Supreme Court ruling, the newspaper said in the end the Government “had little choice” but to withdraw the scheme. “It has been a slow learning process, during which the government has had to be dragged to the point at which it recognises something that was clear long ago: the named person scheme, as planned, was not fit for purpose.”

 

 

Police said Thursday that a soldier was attacked by a crowd of ultra-Orthodox Jews as he walked through the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim. According to police, dozens of rioters hurled objects at the Israel Defense Forces soldier while shouting insults at him. He was taken to safety by police officers who arrived on the scene and was given medical treatment for a light wound he received to his hand.  “The Israel Police will work with all the means at its disposal in order to identify those who took part in verbal or physical attacks on uniformed men and bring them to justice,” police said in a statement. Many in the ultra-Orthodox community shun the mandatory military service that applies to most Israelis, and the community has historically enjoyed blanket exemptions from the army in favor of religious seminary studies.