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  • 1 Dec 2007

    Several thousand people marched in Sudan's capital Khartoum yesterday, calling for a tougher sentence for a British teacher imprisoned for insulting religion. But many other Muslims have called for her immediate release.

  • 1 Dec 2007

    Europeans who have no religion are growing in number but are becoming increasingly disadvantaged in the political process, claimed the National Secular Society in the UK at a meeting in the European Parliament on religion and politics.

  • 1 Dec 2007

    Faith-based campaigners and religious leaders say churches should not relax their efforts to deal with the HIV/AIDS pandemic despite UN figures showing a drop in the number of people worldwide living with the virus, says Desmond Tutu.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    The British government has been accused of damaging social cohesion through its policies and rhetoric on asylum. The criticisms were made by a wide range of witnesses at the final public hearing of the Independent Asylum Commission.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has attended a confidential meeting of the Clergy Consultation - an ongoing support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex clergy and their partners.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    The Christian agency Faithworks, which contracts with government and has 20,000 community and church partners, has made a critical response to a report challenging the contribution faith groups make to public service provision.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    The Scottish denominations are launching a £500,000 appeal to transform Scottish Churches House into a modern conference and hospitality centre which will carry forward a long tradition of radical thinking and outward social engagement.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    As schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons' lawyers prepare an appeal against a 15-day jail sentence imposed in Sudan over the naming of a teddy bear, Muslims in Britain have joined in condemning the decision and calling for clemency.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    Thirty national arms control, religious, and environmental organizations in the US have joined together to urge a block on finance for a new generation of nuclear weapons - urging funding to be axed for the Reliable Replacement Warhead.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    An NGO in Mali has won the International Service Human Rights Award for the Defence of Human Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS. The awards highlight the role development workers play in defending the human rights of vulnerable people.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    A new multinational poll has shown that many Catholics around the world believe that using condoms is 'prolife' because it prevents the spread of HIV and AIDS. The findings come ahead of World AIDS Day tomorrow (Saturday).

  • 30 Nov 2007

    On World AIDS Day, people should focus on names and faces rather than just numbers and facts, the Rev Donald Messer told worshippers during a special service at the Upper Room Chapel of The United Methodist Church, Tennessee, USA.

  • 30 Nov 2007

    For Zambia to be secure from the risk of high debts and poor management of debt resources, a comprehensive debt management strategy should be enforced a new report has said.

  • 29 Nov 2007

    William break was an imaginative and liberating exegete of the text of Scripture, says Chris Rowland. He did not make a god out of Bible and he defied those who misused it for oppression, heralding instead a Sprit-driven people's theology.

  • 29 Nov 2007

    Torture, including torture by Americans, has a long history, says Martin E. Marty: Who could have predicted that this would be a live topic here in the twenty-first century? Only by learning the past do we change the future.