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  • 28 Sep 2007

    At least nine people were killed in Rangoon yesterday in continuing clashes between the military and demonstrators. They included eight protesters and a Japanese photo-journalist. Monks have been beaten and arrested in the crackdown. But the protests continue.

  • 28 Sep 2007

    A church lobby group that seeks positively to influence corporate business behaviour in Britain and Ireland is turning its attention to the issue of water, which the group says now affects regions once thought to have plentiful supplies.

  • 27 Sep 2007

    Christians from a range of backgrounds held a service in London yesterday evening to thank God for a major success in campaigning against the arms trade - the shutting down of the government-backed DESO.

  • 27 Sep 2007

    South Africa's Nobel peace winner and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has hailed the courage and inspiration of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi - as he expressed support for nonviolent direct action against the dictatorship.

  • 27 Sep 2007

    Church leaders and Christian activists are being urged to voice their commitment to being agents of change and inclusion to the Cabinet Minister responsible for the government's community agenda, at a Faithworks Conference later this year.

  • 27 Sep 2007

    Even as the African country of Zimbabwe falters under a staggering inflation rate of 7,500 percent, "there is life," a Zimbabwean development workers has told United Methodists and others at a meeting in the USA.

  • 27 Sep 2007

    The Methodist Church is promoting 'Encircled in Care', a resource for all those who care for others, which it has produced in partnership with the charity MHA. The pack is designed to train, empower and enable pastoral support.

  • 27 Sep 2007

    The Church of Scotland’s church and society convenor, Morag Mylne, has called for democracy and a “peaceful and speedy resolution” to the civil unrest in Burma after the country’s military rulers began to use force to break up demonstrations yesterday.

  • 27 Sep 2007

    The leader of the Anglican church in Myanmar (Burma) has offered support and prayers for the nation as thousands of Buddhist monks are taking to the streets of the capital in non-violent protests - and facing military repression.

  • 26 Sep 2007

    It was six years ago this month, but some scars do not heal quickly. The two planes came out of a perfect September morning sky, and nothing at all could have prepared the world for what followed - writes Giles Fraser of the anniverary of 9/11.

  • 26 Sep 2007

    More than 100 religious leaders today (Wednesday) participated in an hour-long, interfaith encounter with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Church Centre for the United Nations.

  • 26 Sep 2007

    Two Christian Aid campaigners took their Cut the Carbon message to the highest level of government this week when they told the prime minister that he must act to stop climate change because the poor are suffering the most.

  • 26 Sep 2007

    Political and social activism, rooted in faith, has a vital role to play in shaping modern Britain, says Stephen Timms, the Labour Party's vice-chair with special responsibility for faith communities.

  • 26 Sep 2007

    Following a number of requests, the UK Department of Children, Schools, and Families has issued guidance for teachers uncertain whether and how to discuss creationism – which is rejected by both scientists and theologians as lacking factual and theoretical value.

  • 26 Sep 2007

    The response of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church USA to the gay dispute within the Anglican church "gives encouragement to members of Changing Attitude and our brothers and sisters in many parts of our Communion", says the UK group, pledging to continue the struggle for inclusion.