News Briefing and Comment

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  • 22 Nov 2007

    Africa Action has welcomed revised estimates of the global AIDS pandemic published yesterday by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) but cautioned that funding levels for tackling HIV/AIDS were still far too low.

  • 21 Nov 2007

    Churches in Bangladesh have launched a massive relief effort, with support from international partners and agencies, for victims of the devastating cyclone that has claimed thousands of lives along the country's southwestern coast.

  • 21 Nov 2007

    Leading Israeli peace activist, Jeff Halper, from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, arrives in the UK on 22 November, with Palestinian Salim Shawamreh, who has had his house demolished four times by Israeli bulldozers.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    The Christian think tank Ekklesia has renewed its call for the repeal of the UK's archaic blasphemy law, in the wake of an attempt by an individual to seek judicial review in the High Court to bring private prosecution against the BBC for broadcasting 'Jerry Springer - The Opera'.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    Christian Aid and some 40 other development and human rights organisations are warning world leaders attending the Middle East conference in Annapolis of the dangers of ignoring the humanitarian and political crisis in Gaza.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    The biggest study yet from a unique coalition of major UK poverty and environment groups, including church and Christian groups, has said that immediate action is needed before global warming pushes asia 'into reverse'.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    The political dimension of the Nativity story, drawing on the themes of immigration and asylum, is to be screened by the BBC in the run up to Christmas.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    The International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations has asked the Israeli government to investigate the circumstances surrounding a group of Austrian Catholic clergy recently prevented from paying respects at the Western Wall.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    Peace and justice advocate Bishop Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land has met with former US President Jimmy Carter to discuss initiatives relating to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

  • 20 Nov 2007

    British mining corporations supported by the UK government, such as Vedanta Resources, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, are complicit in human rights abuse while making huge profits in developing countries.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    The debate about religion in public life is often cantankerous, says Simon Barrow. But a constructive new pamphlet on secularism from the Humanist Philosophers' Group shows us that a better standard of discussion is possible.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    A World Council of Churches (WCC) delegation on an 18-21 November 2007 visit to the Southeast Asian country has heard testimonies from families of people who have been abducted, tortured and killed - including church and human rights workers.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    A challenging new programme has been launched to help church congregations engage with poverty and social injustice in Britain. It is backed by a wide range of church bodies, and also the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    Christian Aid today (Monday) launched an appeal to help hundreds of thousands of people who urgently need food, shelter, clothing and medical help following the cyclone in Bangladesh.

  • 19 Nov 2007

    It is time that the Church of England faced up to the widespread public concern surrounding church schools and stopped trying to pretend that fear about Church schools comes only from a vociferous anti-religious minority.