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  • 12 Jun 2014

    Israeli plans to force feed more than 100 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike are a violation of human rights and should be condemned, says Christian Aid’s partner Physicians for Human Rights.

  • 12 Jun 2014

    A British student who was tortured into ‘confessing’ to drugs charges in the United Arab Emirates has spoken out about his ordeal.

  • 12 Jun 2014

    New figures from the helpline of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter show a massive rise in calls from renters at risk of losing their homes.

  • 11 Jun 2014

    A major research project will reveal the scope of families work in the majority of UK Churches. Exploring the Family Ministry Landscape is thought to be the first project of its kind in the UK

  • 11 Jun 2014

    The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire has recently been given £2 billion by the UK government to construct new facilities. The AWE has just donated £1,200 to local disability charities in Basingstoke.

  • 11 Jun 2014

    A worldwide advertising campaign calling for a boycott of tourism to Botswana, launched by Survival International has reached hundreds of thousands of travellers.

  • 10 Jun 2014

    Questions of war and peace are sometimes seen by Christians as somewhat separate from core gospel convictions, and are pigeon holed as issues upon which we will differ 'on ethical grounds'.

  • 10 Jun 2014

    In both Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Pope Francis offered his home in the Vatican as a place for the encounter of prayer. It was a potentially transformative moment. Now that the event is over, and both presidents have re-iterated their desire for peace, what happens next to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - more so since President Peres completes his term as president of Israel at the end of July? Regional expert and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian explores the issues.

  • 9 Jun 2014

    The use of food banks in the UK rose dramatically in 2013/14, a report published on 9 June revealed. A gripping documentary shown on the same day focused on the experience of children living on or below the breadline.

  • 9 Jun 2014

    The Accord Coalition has described findings offered by Ofsted into a group of Birmingham community schools accused of furthering an Islamist agenda as "the disaster-waiting-to-happen."

  • 9 Jun 2014

    The Burghfield wing of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire has seen its biggest protest in years, with entrances blocked for nearly five hours.

  • 9 Jun 2014

    According to statistics released by the BBC yesterday (8 June), people who practise a religion are more likely to say they have given to charity in the last month than those who don't.

  • 9 Jun 2014

    Around thirty people have this morning used cars to block all entrances to the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire, marking an escalation in protests there.

  • 7 Jun 2014

    Despite significant gains, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over, UN officials said yesterday (6 June), calling for greater political commitment, investment and innovation.

  • 6 Jun 2014

    Support is growing within Labour for the idea that the party should oppose the renewal of Trident. The decision is due in 2016. Polls consistently show a majority of British voters opposed to Trident. Religious groups, including fairly middle-of-the-road churches, are speaking out against it. Protests at nuclear bases are increasing. Will Ed Miliband have the courage to listen to the majority of the public rather than senior Labour figures who are stuck in the 1980s?