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  • 12 Jul 2010

    Sixteen-year-olds are too young to drive a car, buy a drink in the pub, or place a bet in Britain. They are too young to have civil contracts enforced against them. They cannot vote. Yet they are old enough to join the army where, in the event of hostilities, they may become a legitimate target, even while not serving in the front line, says Michael Bartlet.

  • 12 Jul 2010

    The European Parliament has passed a resolution which calls on the EU to support the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea.

  • 12 Jul 2010

    Britain's last remaining mission hospital - where the UK's first AIDS victims were cared for and where Princess Diana famously shook hands with a patient at the height of the frenzy of fear around the illness, is to be knocked down.

  • 12 Jul 2010

    The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has expressed 'dismay' at the decision of the Crown Nominations Commission to block the appointment of Dr Jeffrey John, as Bishop of Southwark

  • 12 Jul 2010

    I’m always complaining about food bills. My family will testify how annoyed I get when they then waste the purchased food. “Do you know that people in England and Wales throw away 3.6 million tonnes of food each year?” I ask my three teenage boys, “and that 60 per cent of it is untouched, with salad, fruit and bread being the most commonly wasted?” I fail to engender outrage. But then we’re better off than most. At the weekend the charity, ‘Contact a Family’, warned that families in UK with disabled children are going without basics such as food after being left in financial "dire straits”.

  • 12 Jul 2010

    In a world that often values “strong” leadership and soundbite-style communication, church leaders may be tempted to promote conformity, says Savi Hensman. But this may do more harm than good.

  • 12 Jul 2010

    War on Want is sending a letter to the South African High Commissioner to the UK seeking protection of the rights of South Africans to decent housing and services.

  • 12 Jul 2010

    A group of clergy have objected to an invitation to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to preach at Southwark Cathedral because of her stance on sexuality.

  • 11 Jul 2010

    Bereavement, betrayal, unemployment, mental illness, abuse, crime – in every community and in every week of every year, lives fracture and crumble under the strain of the 'tears of things'.

  • 11 Jul 2010

    Afghan civilians have called for the removal of Western troops from their country during demonstrations over the weekend. They expressed opposition to the Karzai government backed by the US and UK.

  • 11 Jul 2010

    Progressio and Christian Aid say there are no “quick fixes” to overcoming Haiti's development challenges following the devastating earthquake six months ago.

  • 11 Jul 2010

    Anglican women have expressed delight that the General Synod has defeated a plan which they say would have made women second class bishops in the Church of England.

  • 10 Jul 2010

    LBGT Anglicans and their allies are calling for a review of the appointments system for Church of England bishops and an inquiry into leaks over the Southwark post.

  • 10 Jul 2010

    Civil, religious and human rights groups are asking the Iranian authorities not to execute a 43-year-old woman convicted of adultery, following global concern.

  • 10 Jul 2010

    The Church of England's General Synod began meeting in York yesterday. An 11-clause measure deals with legal requirements for enabling women bishops.