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Kim Hjelmgaard

Kim Hjelmgaard is an author at Religion News Service.

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Iceland could become first country to ban male circumcision

By Kim Hjelmgaard — February 20, 2018
(USA Today) — The legislation being debated by Iceland's Parliament would impose a six-year jail term on anyone who 'removes part or all of (a child's) sexual organs' for nonmedical reasons.

Charlie Gard’s parents to find out where and when he will die

By Kim Hjelmgaard — July 27, 2017
LONDON (USA Today) — The couple has now conceded that Charlie should be moved to a hospice but hope to assemble a team of specialist doctors so they can spend more time with him before his life-support is switched off. 

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight to take him to US for treatment

By Kim Hjelmgaard — July 24, 2017
LONDON (USA Today) — A lawyer representing Chris Gard, 32, and Connie Yates, 31, told Britain's High Court that 'time had run out' and that the 11-month-old's parents had made the decision after the American doctor who offered to treat the baby told them it was too late and wouldn't work.

Would-be Dutch prime minister: Islam threatens our way of life

By Kim Hjelmgaard — February 21, 2017
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Wilders wants to close all mosques, ban the Quran and seal the nation's borders to asylum seekers and immigrants from Islamic countries to prevent the spread of Islam.

World marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Kim Hjelmgaard — January 27, 2016
The anniversary, marked each year since 2005, falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Russian army in 1945. One million people died there.

Muslim migrant women with poor English skills may be told to leave Britain

By Kim Hjelmgaard — January 18, 2016
The prime minister said immigrant women without language skills were isolated by their husbands and more vulnerable to extremist ideologies.

Ireland gay-marriage vote a ‘reality check’ for church (ANALYSIS)

By Kim Hjelmgaard — May 26, 2015
About 85 percent of people polled in Ireland's census in 2011 identified as Catholic. The church runs more than 90 percent of Ireland's public schools.

BREAKING: Vatican recognizes State of Palestine

By Kim Hjelmgaard — May 13, 2015
The treaty, not yet signed, makes clear the Holy See has switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine.

Report counts sharp spike in global anti-Semitism

By Kim Hjelmgaard — April 15, 2015
The report found there were 766 recorded incidents against Jewish people in 2014 — the worst year for attacks since 2009.

Terror attack at Paris magazine known for controversial Muslim sketches leaves 12 dead

By Kim Hjelmgaard — January 7, 2015
(RNS) Charlie Hebdo is known for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and other controversial sketches and has frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims.

Malala Yousafzai: Kids ‘should stand up for their rights’

By Kim Hjelmgaard — October 10, 2014
(RNS) The Nobel committee "regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism," it said.

Pakistani girl released from hospital after Taliban shooting

By Kim Hjelmgaard — January 4, 2013
LONDON (RNS) Malala Yousufzai, the schoolgirl and women’s rights activist from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban and subsequently flown to the United Kingdom for treatment, has been discharged from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the hospital said Friday (Jan. 4). Yousufzai was discharged on Thursday, but will be re-admitted in late […]
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