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  • 24 Dec 2016

    The world of contemporary art is, to be honest, not one I usually take an interest in, but something happened this year which caught my attention.

  • 23 Dec 2016

    Children in Bethlehem have played a particular role in preparation of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Christmas message this year.

  • 22 Dec 2016

    One of the most controversial dams in history has been inaugurated. The Gibe III dam has put an end to the natural flooding of Ethiopia’s Omo River, on which 100,000 indigenous people depend and a further 100,000 rely indirectly.

  • 22 Dec 2016

    Turn2us, a national charity that helps people in financial hardship, has seen a dramatic rise in people using its Benefits Calculator to work out what welfare benefits they are entitled to and how a change of circumstance could affect what they are currently receiving.

  • 21 Dec 2016

    The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative has gathered in Rome to reflect on and discuss Pope Francis's 2017 World Day of Peace message Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace, and to strategise about next steps for this critical movement.

  • 21 Dec 2016

    The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, has told parliament that the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has used UK manufactured cluster munitions in its ongoing bombardment of Yemen.

  • 20 Dec 2016

    As part of an ongoing, multiyear project called 'Walking Together', an international and interreligious group met in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 6-8 December 2016 to explore different facets of the theme 'Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace', which undergirds the World Council of Church’s programmatic focus.

  • 20 Dec 2016

    The TUC and the British Chambers of Commerce have published an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on her to end the uncertainty for workers and businesses by confirming that the government will give current EU migrants a right to remain after Brexit.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Saudi Arabia has executed at least 153 people this year, nearing last year's record high of 158, according to figures collated by the human rights organisation Reprieve.

  • 19 Dec 2016

    In his last press conference as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have “squandered a peace agreement.”

  • 19 Dec 2016

    Two briefings have been published which present learning from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Prison Reform Fellowships. From 2010–2015, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust funded Travelling Fellowships with a particular focus on prison reform across the world. The Fellowships are the result of an innovative partnership between WCMT and the Prison Reform Trust.

  • 17 Dec 2016

     One in 10 UK workers (3.2 million) are now in precarious work – and the number of workers at risk of missing out on key employment protections has nearly doubled in a decade to 1.5 million (an increase of 700,000), according to a new Trades Union Congress (TUC) report.

  • 16 Dec 2016

    Religious radicalisation is at the heart of many political discussions worldwide but is also playing a major role in intra-Christian and interreligious dialogue. Often a divisive feature in these discussions is the tendency to stereotype certain religions as having extremist expressions and actions.

  • 16 Dec 2016

    Rachel Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, has been appointed as a Co-President of the charity Housing Justice.

  • 15 Dec 2016

    The United States is to reduce arms exports to Saudi Arabia, including the halting of a planned export of air-dropped munitions, due to concerns about civilian deaths in Yemen. Campaign Against Arms Trade has urged the UK government to end its arms exports to the Saudi regime.