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  • 28 Jun 2007

    As the economy and infrastructure of Zimbabwe continues to crumble, UK-based human rights and religious groups are keeping the pressure for change up as part of a concerted global effort - with torture a particular concern.

  • 27 Jun 2007

    On the day Tony Blair stood down as British Prime Minister, the relief agency Christian Aid joined many others in applauding his achievements but expressing disappointment at "a job half done" on poverty and development.

  • 26 Jun 2007

    A pre-dawn break-in earlier this month (June 2007) targetted two computers containing sensitive information at the office of Justapaz, the Christian Center for Justice, Peace and Nonviolent Action, on-the-spot reports reveal.

  • 26 Jun 2007

    Heads of the historic churches in Jerusalem have welcomed the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum launched in Jordan last week. They want to work with those of all faiths and none to achieve a breakthrough in the deadly stalemate.

  • 26 Jun 2007

    While the issue of whether it is right or helpful to ban violent video games is becoming a hot topic again, the Methodist Church's chidren's adviser wants to see a more positive approach to kids learning about peace.

  • 25 Jun 2007

    Members of five minority religious groups in Malaysia, including Christians and Hindus, have urged their government to take steps to prevent "personal tragedies" resulting from state policies that favour Islam.

  • 25 Jun 2007

    Received ideas about neutrality, ‘news values’ and the place of reporting in current events must be questioned because of the changing global role of the media in an age of conflict, a commentator will suggest at a meeting in St Ethelburga's Centre, London, on 26 June 2007.

  • 25 Jun 2007

    The Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) will be using a red, two metre high ‘carbon footprint’ at this year’s British Methodist Conference to highlight the danger to developing countries posed by climate change.

  • 24 Jun 2007

    Alison Goodlad re-reads George Eliot’s classic ‘Middlemarch’ – and discovers that its provincial narrative has some powerful things to tell us about loving purpose in life, atonement and even Eucharistic living.

  • 24 Jun 2007

    American evangelical social activist Jim Wallis has made a stirring plea for a ‘justice revival’ among the churches in the UK and beyond - saying that Christians and those of goodwill must help Gordon Brown keep his promises.

  • 24 Jun 2007

    Irish Catholic Bishops have joined worldwide human rights oranisations in calling on the President of Zimbabwe - who was educated as a Catholic - to change direction and respect the will of the people for change.

  • 23 Jun 2007

    Despite misgivings from all sides about the United Nation's Human Rights Council, Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says the body that is supposed to be an international watchdog should gain in credibility.

  • 22 Jun 2007

    The UK must face the challenge of climate change with passion and creativity, not gloomy martyrdom, the Church of England has told an official government-initiated consultation on a draft parlaimentary bill.

  • 22 Jun 2007

    Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu comes to St Alban's on Saturday, to lead the city's Annual Pilgrimage in remembrance of the killing of its patron saint. He will focus on the challenges of following Christ today.

  • 22 Jun 2007

    Doing justice to the Palestinian people will bring about security for Israel too, a global church conference has heard. There were appeals to end the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and to combat anti-Semitism too.