Mabda Report 01/07/12

Interfaith document announced in UK aim to build understanding, respect and partnership

The Department for International Development yesterday announced a major new document setting out its relationship with faith groups.

The 'Faith Partnership Principles' were launched by Secretary of State, Andrew Mitchell, at the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace.

The document has been produced by DFID to build greater common understanding, mutual respect and cooperation in overcoming poverty.

Putin presents Order of Friendship to Prince Ghazi during a ceremony on the Baptism Site of Jesus

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented the Order of Friendship to Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad for great contribution to the development and strengthening of cooperation between Russia and Jordan. Presenting the order, Putin said Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad had made the initiative for establishing the center for Russian pilgrims in Jordan.

Putin took part in the ceremony of opening the guesthouse for Russian Christian pilgrims near the Jordan Valley Baptism Site on the left bank of Jordan where, many believe, Jesus Christ was baptized.

FIFA medical chief withdraws opposition to headscarves

A campaign to allow Muslim women football players to wear headscarves was boosted on Friday when the chairman of FIFA’s medical committee said he has withdrawn his opposition.

The change of medical opinion from Michel D’Hooghe was a key step before FIFA’s law-making body could approve two scarf designs when it meets in Zurich next week.

“The problems I had (with scarves) were medical, and I don’t have those problems anymore,” D’Hooghe told The Associated Press.