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  • 6 Dec 2007

    New research from international relief and development agency,
    World Vision
    , has revealed that half of men in the UK (51%) can’t remember what gifts their partners got them last Christmas.

  • 6 Dec 2007

    Israel is jeopardising chances of peace in the Middle East by announcing plans to build more than 300 new houses in east Jerusalem, Christian Aid has said. The Israeli government announced on Tuesday it had invited bids to build the homes south of Jerusalem.

  • 6 Dec 2007

    A Catholic university in the US will honour the Buddhist monks of Burma (Myanmar) for their courage and nonviolent demonstrations against the tyrannical Burmese military earlier this year, by awarding them with an honorary doctorate.

  • 6 Dec 2007

    A Baghdad-based British Anglican priest has told a US news network that Christians are considerably worse off now than they were during the regime of the late Saddam Hussein, Iraq's former dictator, whose deposition he welcomed.

  • 6 Dec 2007

    Workers are still paid only 5p an hour for 80-hour weeks producing clothes for leading UK retailers Primark, Tesco and Asda in Bangladesh, says a charity. This is despite the publication a year ago of a report which exposed their 'sweatshops'.

  • 5 Dec 2007

    The decision by the High Court not to allow a prosecution against BBC Director-General Mark Thompson for blasphemy to go ahead has been welcomed by Christians and Humanists. Stephen Green of the group Christian Voice, had attempted to prosecute Mark Thompson

  • 5 Dec 2007

    As Zimbabwean leader, President Mugabe, flies into Lisbon for the AU / EU Summit (7-9 December 2007), UK relief and development agency Tearfund, is urging that the talks should focus on the devastating humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.

  • 5 Dec 2007

    An all-volunteer group of professional, collegiate and church musicians and choir singers from seven US states will embark on December 14 for the Holy Land, to join with Israeli and Palestinian musicians to perform a progressive, four-city Christmas choir tour

  • 5 Dec 2007

    The fight against climate change has been marked by broken promises and missed opportunities, say three European bishops in a letter to political leaders gathered at the United Nations-led talks on the Indonesian island of Bali.

  • 5 Dec 2007

    A new Government scheme which is being supported by Church Action on Poverty is to allow communities a direct say in how council money is spent. Hazel Blears announced yesterday that local communities will get the chance to access their own 'community kitty'

  • 5 Dec 2007

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, evangelical leaders Rick and Kay Warren and the Rev Gideon Byamugisha, the first African Anglican priest to openly say he is HIV-positive, are contributors to an Advent Calendar focussing on HIV-AIDS awareness.

  • 5 Dec 2007

    A unique recording of a traditional Shona lament and a Western Christmas carol is entering the race for this year's Christmas Number One. The single - Makandifira/Silent Night - features a 30-strong Zimbabwean children's choir, all of them residents of Makumbi Children's Home and either orphaned by AIDS or HIV

  • 4 Dec 2007

    The summit of European and African leaders this weekend risks being hijacked by the presence of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Christian Aid said on Tuesday. The development agency says the European Union should not have lifted the travel ban.

  • 4 Dec 2007

    Optimism emerged during early sessions of the UN climate talks in Bali this week when Australia promised to ratify the Kyoto Protocol as soon as possible, leaving the USA as the only large developed nation outside the global framework.

  • 4 Dec 2007

    A report published today (Tuesday) has revealed that 26 top UK universities have received contracts for at least £725 million over six years in sponsorship by arms companies and public military bodies with over 1,900 projects funded in this way