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Europe restricts stem-cell research

LUXEMBOURG The European Court of Justice barred patents on medical processes that destroy human embryos. Europe's top court ruled against Oliver Bruestle, a German researcher who invented a mechanism to convert stem cells into nerve cells. Bruestle protested that European researchers would still use embryonic stem cells and that their discoveries would be patented by scientists abroad. Roman Catholic bishops and the European Center for Law and Justice supported the court's decision.

Military bans religious discrimination

EGYPT Military rulers prohibited all religious discrimination in Egypt after 25 people were killed and 200 injured when soldiers disrupted a Coptic protest march. The measure, demanded by protesters incensed over a string of church burnings, holds a maximum penalty of nearly $17,000. The Egyptian government also promised to form a commission to examine religious violence, church building permits, and sanctions against demonstrating outside worship buildings. Egyptian human rights organizations estimate that 100,000 Coptic Christians have fled the country since March because of sectarian attacks.

Bible translators adopt new standards

SIL International and Wycliffe Bible Translators released new guidelines that affirm literal renderings of "Son of God" in the majority of cases in Muslim-culture translations. But in places where the phrase may imply that God had sexual relations with Mary, alternative translations that maintain the concept of "sonship" can be used. In June, the Presbyterian Church in America declared that alternative translations for sonship were unfaithful to the biblical text.

Court upholds sanctity of life provisions

MEXICO The Supreme Court upheld two state ...

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