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  • 13 Jul 2017

    Private renters are not pressing landlords to carry out repairs to their home over fears they will be evicted, reveals Citizens Advice.

  • 12 Jul 2017

    A far-reaching review into modern employment practices was yesterday described by the Law Society of England and Wales as “a clarion call for meaningful reform of our employment laws”.

  • 12 Jul 2017

    Unless the international community contributes $200 million to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, the United Nations humanitarian arm will be forced to “reprogramme” more resources tagged for malnutrition in the country already facing famine, a senior official said yesterday (11 July 2017).

  • 12 Jul 2017

    Leading academics and democracy campaigners are to hold a ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ on Brexit this September, in a bid to raise the quality of public debate around the options for leaving the EU.

  • 11 Jul 2017

    The Saudi authorities have executed four men who were convicted in a secret ‘terrorism’ court – including at least one  man who was convicted on charges relating to protests. It marks the first execution coming from the terrorism court since a mass execution in January 2016, in which several protesters convicted at the court were killed.

  • 11 Jul 2017

    Talk about political maladroitness and a reluctance to read the signs. Indeed, the #GCCCrisis should never have been tackled in this dramatic way in the first place.

  • 11 Jul 2017

    In the wake of official announcement of Mosul’s liberation from the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group, World Council of Churches General Secretary, the  Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has called for a commitment to restoring the social and religious diversity of the city and region.

  • 11 Jul 2017

    Over the last 20 years, growth in the earnings of working fathers has been extremely slow, at 0.3 per cent a year on average, while mothers’ earnings have grown by more than two per cent a year. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for families where only the father is working to keep up with other families.

  • 10 Jul 2017

    Over fifty Christians have pledged to take nonviolent direct action for the sake of justice and peace, even when that means risking arrest. The activists, of all denominations and from all parts of the country, campaign on issues of justice, peace and climate change, and consider nonviolent direct action to be an unavoidable consequence of following Jesus' teaching today.

  • 10 Jul 2017

    Campaigners said today that they will appeal a High Court decision which allows the UK Government to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The verdict came despite global concern over the use of these weapons against civilians.

  • 10 Jul 2017

    The Equality Trust has responded to last week's report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on their updated minimum income standard. The report finds that despite an above-inflation increase in the 'national living wage', low-income families are falling further behind a minimum income standard.

  • 10 Jul 2017

    The world is navigating away from fossil fuels and sailing towards a clean, sustainable energy future, despite Donald Trump’s attempts to sabotage global efforts to tackle climate change, said Christian Aid at the close of the G20 summit.

  • 9 Jul 2017

    We know that millions of people on low incomes often go without essentials such as food and heating.

  • 8 Jul 2017

    A treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons was formally adopted on 7 July 2017 at the United Nations. Quaker observers hailed the historic treaty as a huge step, saying such weapons of mass destruction should be illegal and unacceptable.

  • 8 Jul 2017

    Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York yesterday adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.