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  • 13 Jun 2009

    Tens of thousands of opposition supporters have come out onto the streets in Iran to protest against what they see as 'fixed' elections. The government is arresting and imprisoning opponents and human rights activists.

  • 13 Jun 2009

    Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill I has addressed thousands of young people on the dangers of alcoholism and an unchecked market economy as he takes the church to people used to the Kremlin as the biggest institution.

  • 12 Jun 2009

    This Sunday Christian congregations across the country will remember and pray for oppressed and persecuted people seeking sanctuary in the United Kingdom as well as for the workers at the UK Border Agency.

  • 12 Jun 2009

    The annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church (Anglican) opened yesterday in Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh - with the election of a new Primus one of the key issues on its agenda.

  • 12 Jun 2009

    In the face of growing pressure for inclusive schooling in Ireland and outrage over the latest child abuse scandals involving Catholic orders, bishops in Ireland are defiantly seeking to maintain their grip on schooling in the country.

  • 12 Jun 2009

    Church groups have joined thousands of demonstrators in the Makati area of Manila to denounce plans by some lawmakers to amend the 1987 constitution in a way perceived as a ploy to prolong the term of the President.

  • 12 Jun 2009

    Though taking artefacts from antiquities site constitutes a severe criminal offence, the Israel Antiquities Authority says it will not prosecute a repentant New Yorker who returned a fragment he had taken from an ancient palace.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    For the first time in years, the US House of Representatives has passed legislation that would significantly boost US capacities to help prevent and respond to international crises, the Friends Committee on National Legislation reported today.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    A senior bishop and a Government minister have spelled out the importance of the Church of England’s role in mobilising action on climate change, as its Shrinking the Footprint campaign unveiled energy saving toolkits for every parish.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    Former Zambian President Kenneth David Kaunda, will be discussing his work in tackling HIV/Aids and poverty in a visit to the Church of Scotland today (Friday 12 June). He himself is the son of a Presbyterian missionary.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    Christian Peacemaker Teams, an international agency that seeks to 'get in the way' of war and oppression in conflict zones across the world, is seeking more volunteers from Britain, Ireland and mainland Europe.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    A statement about electoral reforms made by Gordon Brown yesterday, which could include the end to the first-past-the post voting system in general elections, has been given a cautious welcome by democracy campaigners who also expressed concern.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    Churches in Britain and Ireland will observe a ‘Time for Creation’ between 1 September and 4 October, in the run-up to the next United Nations climate change summit due to take place in Copenhagen at the end of the year.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    Recent incidents of violence in Bagua, Peru, are further examples of the suppression of indigenous people's rights, says the head of the World Council of Churches. Just policies and an end to violence are needed for peace.

  • 11 Jun 2009

    The bailout of the banks has left old assumptions about public finances behind. It's time to decide what our priorities are and look around for the money to fund them, says Jonathan Bartley