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Former US President Barack Obama proclaims January 16 as Religious Freedom Day

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Delhi, Jan 15, 2017: Former US President Barack Obama has spread a surge of religious tolerance in his countrymen and proclaimed January 16 as Religious Freedom Day. Obama said, “Religious freedom is a principle based not on shared ancestry, culture, ethnicity or faith, but on a shared commitment to liberty- and it lies at the very heart of who we are as Americans.”

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Obama urged everyone to strictly avoid religion based politics. He also said that one should never target anyone on the basis of their religious preference. Obama said, “Part of being American means guarding against bigotry and speaking out on behalf of others, no matter their background or belief- whether they are wearing a hijab or a baseball cap, a yarmulke or a cowboy hat.”

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Obama said that in 2015, nearly 20 percent of hate crime victims in America were targeted because of religious bias. “That is unacceptable — and as Americans, we have an obligation to do better. If we are to defend religious freedom, we must remember that when any religious group is targeted, we all have a responsibility to speak up,” he said.

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The former US President also said, “Brave men and women of faith have challenged our conscience and brought us closer to our founding ideals, from the abolition of slavery to the expansion of civil rights and workers’ rights. And throughout our history, faith communities have helped uphold these values by joining in efforts to help those in need — rallying in the face of tragedy and providing care or shelter in times of disaster.”

Obama said that America’s strength comes from its diversity and he signed off saying, “And we must be unified in our commitment to protecting the freedoms of conscience and religious belief and the freedom to live our lives according to them.”

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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For U.S. Military Veterans, Apple Providing Health Records On iPhones

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities.

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Apple providing Health Records to Veterans via iPhones
Apple has been working on partnerships with health care organizations to allow access to health records on its devices, promoting their privacy and security features.

Apple Inc on Wednesday said that U.S. military veterans who use its iOS devices and get medical care from the Veterans Health Administration will be able to access their health records on the devices.

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities. Apple began working with the department this summer to allow access to health records from the system on iPhones and other Apple mobile devices running its iOS operating system.

Apple has been working on partnerships with health care organizations to allow access to health records on its devices, promoting their privacy and security features. Data stored in the health app on iPhones is encrypted in such a way that Apple cannot read the data, even if the data is backed up to Apple’s iCloud service.

Apple has also worked out similar health record access arrangements with about 400 groups in the health care industry, including Johns Hopkins, the University of California San Diego, Quest Diagnostics and Allscripts, the company said. Apple’s system allows the user to access records from all of those providers in one place on their device. (VOA)