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German cabinet considers law to legalize circumcision in some circumstances

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A draft law aimed at resolving a controversy in Germany over the circumcision of boys is due to be considered by the cabinet next week, a source close to the government said Thursday.

The new legislation would permit circumcision under certain conditions and remove the legal uncertainty created when a regional court earlier in the year deemed the rite to be a crime.

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“The draft is ready. It will be presented next Wednesday” for adoption by the government, the source told AFP.

In June a court in the western city of Cologne published a ruling that the rite amounted to grievous bodily harm, in a case brought against a doctor who had circumcised a Muslim boy.

The ruling united Jewish and Muslim groups in opposition and caused uproar from religious and political leaders in Israel and Muslim countries.

Diplomats admitted that the ruling proved “disastrous” for Germany’s international image, particularly in light of its Nazi past.

Germany is home to about four million Muslims and more than 200,000 Jews.

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The new bill stipulates certain provisos for a boy to be circumcised, including that it be carried out either by a doctor or, if performed on a baby under six months old, by someone put forward by the religious community who must be as skilled as a doctor.

It also insists on the need for effective pain relief and stipulates an exemption for infants who could be at risk from the practice such as haemophiliacs.

The Central Committee of Muslims in Germany generally welcomed the draft legislation, as did the former head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, who called it “balanced”.

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But the Deutsche Kinderhilfe children’s organisation told local news agency DPA that it rejected the bill, saying it created more problems than it solved.


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America hits five million COVID-19 cases: Johns Hopkins

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The United States has registered over five million cases in the coronavirus pandemic, Johns Hopkins University's real-time tally showed Sunday, as well as over 162,000 deaths as the country struggles to control the disease.

The US tally reached 5,000,603 cases on Sunday morning and 162,441 deaths -- both totals by far the highest of any country in the world.

Polls have showed a large majority of voters unhappy with President Donald Trump's handling of the crisis, ahead of the November election that could see him ousted from office.

"The United States just passed 5 million reported infections of COVID-19," his Democrat opponent Joe Biden tweeted Sunday.

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Fox News host: Teachers practicing COVID safety are like ‘George Wallace standing in the school door’

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Fox News host Mark Levin on Sunday accused teachers who want COVID-19 safety measures of re-enacting Jim Crow-era segregation rules.

Levin made the remarks during a rant about President Donald Trump's executive action on COVID-19 financial relief.

"Democrat governors have shut down this economy from sea to shining sea," Levin opined. "And they like it both ways, the Democrats. They want to lock up everybody like we're lamb in cages and then they want to complain about the economic consequences."

"And then they say, this president, look what he's doing," he continued. "Let me tell you, payback is a bitch. You remember Obama with his phone and his pen. Well, apparently he left his phone and his pen and President Trump picked it up."

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