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  • 30 Nov 2007

    As schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons' lawyers prepare an appeal against a 15-day jail sentence imposed in Sudan over the naming of a teddy bear, Muslims in Britain have joined in condemning the decision and calling for clemency.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    Thirty national arms control, religious, and environmental organizations in the US have joined together to urge a block on finance for a new generation of nuclear weapons - urging funding to be axed for the Reliable Replacement Warhead.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    An NGO in Mali has won the International Service Human Rights Award for the Defence of Human Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS. The awards highlight the role development workers play in defending the human rights of vulnerable people.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    A new multinational poll has shown that many Catholics around the world believe that using condoms is 'prolife' because it prevents the spread of HIV and AIDS. The findings come ahead of World AIDS Day tomorrow (Saturday).

  • 30 Nov 2007

    On World AIDS Day, people should focus on names and faces rather than just numbers and facts, the Rev Donald Messer told worshippers during a special service at the Upper Room Chapel of The United Methodist Church, Tennessee, USA.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    For Zambia to be secure from the risk of high debts and poor management of debt resources, a comprehensive debt management strategy should be enforced a new report has said.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    William break was an imaginative and liberating exegete of the text of Scripture, says Chris Rowland. He did not make a god out of Bible and he defied those who misused it for oppression, heralding instead a Sprit-driven people's theology.

  • 29 Nov 2007

    Torture, including torture by Americans, has a long history, says Martin E. Marty: Who could have predicted that this would be a live topic here in the twenty-first century? Only by learning the past do we change the future.

  • 29 Nov 2007

    Journalists writing stories on religion that are then put into other languages face constant pitfalls of being 'lost in translation', says the editor who has won the John Templeton Award for the European Religion Writer of the Year.

  • 29 Nov 2007

    Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has said that churches need to be brave, imaginative and honest in the fight against the spread of HIV and Aids - in a video and internet message for World Aids Day (Saturday December 2007).

  • 29 Nov 2007

    A small Leeds church designed in 1932 and described as a "gem" when it was built has been "rediscovered" and given a Grade II listing on the advice of English Heritage - which has also produced a new publication reflecting on the way churches and faith have helped shape the city historically.

  • 28 Nov 2007

    A UK based Christian charity has launched a new version of the Christmas nativity scene including the Israeli Separation Wall.

  • 28 Nov 2007

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent statement that he was reluctant to speak about his religious faith while he was in office as he felt people in Britain might regard him as a "nutter" has stirred vigorous debate.

  • 28 Nov 2007

    Proposed public service reforms by the UK government risk discrimination against employees and service users, together with negative effects on social cohesion, says a new report today - focussing on the role of faith-based providers.

  • 28 Nov 2007

    As the humanitarian and military crisis continues in Iraq, European Catholic bishops have issued an appeal to governments to permit more refugees from the country to live in the region - against the backdrop of growing refusals.