Jack Phillips, the US based cake maker, who famously won a Supreme Court case over his right to refuse to make a gay wedding cake, has a new legal battle. According to Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the group supporting Phillips, he was targeted by an attorney who asked him to create a cake designed pink on the inside and blue on the outside, which was to celebrate a gender transition from male to female. The owner of Masterpiece cake shop declined the request stating the cake would have expressed messages about sex and gender identity that conflict with his religious beliefs. Despite his earlier victory at the Supreme Court, the State of Colorado ruled that there was "probable cause" to believe that the law requires him to make the cake. The ruling means he now will face a new lawsuit in court.

The head of Egyptian intelligence, Major General Abbas Kamel, was said to be in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to discuss the final details of a reported truce agreement aimed at calming weeks of border clashes and violent exchanges between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Kamel is scheduled to meet Thursday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported Thursday, citing Palestinian sources.

Chinese authorities are telling Christians to abandon their “superstition” and forcing them to venerate President Xi Jinping, it has emerged. Describing the “most severe systematic suppression of Christianity” in years, the Associated Press (AP) said a form of “thought reform” is now being promoted in China. However, believers say they will not give up, stating, “we are willing to attach any price to the Christian faith”. China has witnessed a “religious revival” in recent decades. But a Chinese politics expert in Hong Kong said President Xi wants people to pay ultimate respect to him – not God. “He definitely does not want people to be faithful members of the church, because then people would profess their allegiance to the church rather than to the party, or more exactly, to Xi himself.”