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  • 29 Apr 2007

    Thousands of campaigners from civic and church groups have gathered in Downing Street to remind Tony Blair and world leaders that time is running out for Darfur, where 200,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.

  • 29 Apr 2007

    Many hundreds of thousands of Turks have joined protest for the maintenance of a democratic, religiously neutral government - and opposition either to a military coup or a drift towards Islamism.

  • 29 Apr 2007

    An unexpected earthquake off the coast of Kent led to huge disruption but few casualities yesterday. The Salvation Army was among those assisting with evacuation and emergency support.

  • 29 Apr 2007

    In communities with high religious observance spiritual beliefs can play a positive role in deeloping strategies to combat HIV/AIDS, claims a UNICEF-backed study in Guyana.

  • 28 Apr 2007

    Dr Rowan Williams has expressed his "deep sorrow" over mistakes made by the Church of England in the Peter Halliday child abuse case, affirming its tough policy and calling for vigilance.

  • 28 Apr 2007

    The murder of three Christian Bible workers in Turkey has brought condemnations from all sides, including Muslims, and a statement from a European church leader that "witness to God is incompatible with the use of violence."

  • 28 Apr 2007

    Some of the earliest surviving texts of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths are being exhibited side by side for the first time in London, displaying their common roots as well as differences.

  • 27 Apr 2007

    The quiet demise of mass nonviolent protests in Iraq is rarely mentioned by the media or analysts, says Tim Nafziger. How different could things have been if nonviolent demonstrations by Iraqis had been widely covered and taken seriously?

  • 27 Apr 2007

    Inciting racial and xenophobic hatred is now a crime across the European Union. But Britain's law is tougher and includes religion, Holocaust denial was not specified, though it is illegal in some countries.

  • 27 Apr 2007

    The head of the United Church of Canada has written to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging his government urgently and immediately to resume financial support to the Palestinian Unity Government - in the face of a wide boycott.

  • 27 Apr 2007

    The maverick Christian campaigner Stephen Green has won a legal challenge to a magistrate’s decision not to grant a private blasphemy prosecution against Jerry Springer The Opera. But the ultimate casualty of this could be the archaic blasphemy law itself.

  • 27 Apr 2007

    Deirdre Good says that reflecting on Jesus' family values can help Christians understand a changing world where being single will be normal for longer periods of time and where more single women are heads of households.

  • 27 Apr 2007

    The uncomfortable fact is that the church's Christendom ('Christian country') assumptions put it into the position of arguing the same political point about national identity as the BNP. A different way forward is needed.

  • 27 Apr 2007

    The church looking for ‘God slots’ in relation to culture is like religion seeking a ‘God of the gaps’ in relation to science: a huge mistake. The Gospel points us elsewhere.

  • 26 Apr 2007

    After the jailing of a choirmaster for sexual abuse against children in the 1980s, the Church of England says that the mistake of failing to report an abuser to the police would not happen now. But the case highlights the need for extra vigilance and robust child protection policies.