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  • 20 Nov 2010

    As NATO leaders debated Afghanistan, around 10,000 people rallied in London to call for the immediate withdrawal of UK troops from the country.

  • 20 Nov 2010

    Amnesty International has called on Saudi authorities to protect domestic workers from abuse, after the discovery of the mutilated body of an Indonesian woman.

  • 20 Nov 2010

    Activists have demanded swift action on climate change by holding a vigil on the hundredth anniversary of an attempt by suffragettes to storm Parliament.

  • 19 Nov 2010

    The government's creation of 54 new peers to ease its position in the House of Lords has been condemned as cronyism by democracy campaigners.

  • 19 Nov 2010

    Many of the government’s cuts will intensify divisions in society, excluding some people from opportunities that others enjoy and making it less likely that people from different backgrounds will mix, says Savi Hensman. A different way forward is needed.

  • 19 Nov 2010

    Mention of religion and belief is largely absent from the government’s announcements on its new equalities strategy, humanists are saying.

  • 19 Nov 2010

    The National Council of Churches USA has sent messages to senators urging the ratification this year of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START II).

  • 18 Nov 2010

    Being able to exercise a vote is an important symbol of being a citizen says Tim Newell. Trusting prisoners with a vote is a sign that they remain members of our community.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov is continuing to campaign for an end to the practice of kidnapping brides in the restive southern Russian region.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    An EU commissioner has rejected claims by a Polish government minister that her country's Catholic schools can refuse to employ gay teachers.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    Christine Housel, an Episcopalian (Anglican) from the United States, has been elected the new general secretary of the World Student Christian Federation.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    What does the liquid insurgency of the Tea Party movement in the United States mean for political processes on both sides of the Atlantic? Simon Barrow compares and contrasts government, opposition and voter disaffiliation in the UK and the USA.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    Rich countries meeting in the Paris Club group of creditors have expressed concern at the continuing activities of so-called 'vulture funds'.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    There may be no direct route from the politics of Jesus' day to the politics of modern Britain, but there are embodied principles and narratives in the Gospel which directly challenge the marginalisation of the poor and the use of ideology (religious or otherwise) to prop up the status quo, says Jonathan Bartley. These have a good deal to say to us as we assess the Spending Review and those it benefits and penalises.

  • 18 Nov 2010

    Media coverage of recent student protests in London has consistently presented the violence of a very small minority as worse than the action of of the Coalition Government, and has tried to tar all who entered the courtyards and buildings of Millbank Tower with the same brush. Tim Saunders and other Christians opposed to the cuts and supportive of non-violent action examine the events from a different perspective.