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  • 23 Feb 2011

    A Malaysian court has ruled that members of the Penan tribe can sue the government and a timber company for trespassing on their land.

  • 23 Feb 2011

    Amnesty has welcomed a Scottish Parliament report on migration and trafficking. It is concerned about traffickers and bias in support for victims.

  • 22 Feb 2011

    Hundreds of Christchurch residents have been spending the night in the city's parks after the massive earthquake that hit the New Zealand city.

  • 22 Feb 2011

    The government’s ‘publish-what-you-pay’ standard for mining and ‘extractive’ companies across the world is a welcome but partial move, says Christian Aid.

  • 22 Feb 2011

    Responses to the government consultation on changes to Disability Living Allowance are now being considered by the Department for Work and Pensions.

  • 22 Feb 2011

    Despite the pernicious narratives of past decades, and despite dismissive Western attitudes towards the Middle East and North Africa, Arabs are showing that they can practise democracy after all, says Harry Hagopian. This moment in history is not just a revolt, it is a struggle for the Arab soul.

  • 22 Feb 2011

    Water shortages in the Middle East could lead to social unrest unless urgent "blue peace" action is taken, says a new report presented in Geneva.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Dalit theology in South Asia is now forging links with wider struggles for justice and freedom, according to a newly-published book.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    The 'Palestine Papers' published by al Jazeera, giving a detailed insight into the negotiating tactics of the PLO leadership, raise crucial and difficult issues for Palestinians, says Harry Hagopian. But could the world community convert the attention into another initiative for peace with justice in the region?

  • 21 Feb 2011

    African religious leaders have praised ecumenical Christian bodies for helping create "the miracle" of southern Sudanese independence.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Yemeni's leader has rejected demands to resign immediately, declaring that protesters must end his rule through elections rather than demonstrations.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Did it start with Tunisia earlier this year, or was it Iran that inspired the trend in 2009 or perhaps even Lebanon as far back as 2005? Was Egypt an isolated albeit epic event or is it one that truly connects the dots in a region riddled with all forms of injustice? How come 'people power' has suddenly re-awakened across the Middle East and North Africa region?

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Given the shifts taking place almost on a daily basis across the whole Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region since last month, it was especially interesting to read the ACN interview reproduced by Ekklesia with HE Cardinal Antonius Naguib from the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt -- also a member of the Middle East Council of Churches.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    The housing and homelessness charity Shelter has warned that rough sleeping figures paint a worrying picture of the future of homelessness in this country.

  • 21 Feb 2011

    Human Rights Watch says thousands of Moroccans in cities across the country demonstrated in favour of political reform yesterday.