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  • 1 Nov 2007

    The heated row over abortion is continuing after a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology committee said there was no scientific justification for lowering the 24-week limit for terminations. But there are also signs of movement on all sides.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Several weeks after a brutal crackdown on thousands of democracy protesters across Burma, over a hundred Buddhist monks have taken part in the first public demonstration in northern Burma since the government's wave of repression.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Leaders from the World Council of Churches and its Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and independent member churches are lobbying the United Nations and member states as part of their concerted advocacy efforts for Africa and other causes.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Archbishop Celestino Maggiore, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, has said, in a UN debate on development in New York,that global sustainability should be a priority for the nations of the world.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    The UK government has not made a convincing case for extending the time suspected terrorists can be detained without charge, according to the Church of England. The government's paper was published at the end of July 2007.

  • 31 Oct 2007

    Methodism in Britain will focus its attention on Wales next month, as Cardiff hosts the annual Methodist Youth Conference from 16-18 November 2007 in the new Urdd Centre in the Bay area - where BBC TV series Doctor Who is based.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The United Nations and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have reaffirmed their commitment to collaborate at a meeting between the general secretaries of both organizations held on 29 October 207 at the UN headquarters in New York.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The World Alliance of Reformed Churches has said that a South African church, suspended from the grouping in 1982, cannot be readmitted because it has not renounced the support for the apartheid ideology that led to its exclusion.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The Saudi head of state King Abdullah found the Mall in London lined by anti-arms and human rights protesters as he travelled in ceremony to Buckingham Palace today. Critics worldwide are appalled that his regime is being feted by the Queen and Prime Minister.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    Migration issues are back in the headlines, with the two main parties vying over 'get tough' policies, and the government admitting that its recent labour force statistics have been wrong. But positive alternatives are also being mooted.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), which brings together 75 million Reformed Christians in 214 churches in 107 countries, has moved decisively to increase its global reach on economic and ecological justice issues.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    Following renewed criticism of its past practice, the Church of England has confirmed "the broad principles for a protocol for the systematic review of past child protection cases", following on from the Archbishop of Canterbury's announcement earlier in 2007.

  • 30 Oct 2007

    The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid has welcomed the British government’s Climate Change Bill but says it fears that a vital opportunity has been missed. It says that tougher CO2 emission targets are essential.

  • 29 Oct 2007

    Supporters of I Count, the campaign of Stop Climate Chaos, have visited Downing Street to hand in 150,000 petition cards demanding the UK Government does all it can to tackle climate change.

  • 29 Oct 2007

    A copper mining company is selling Zambia short while generating huge profits from the country’s finite natural resource, according to evidence in a report published today by three major development organisations. It calls on Vedanta and its major UK investors to rectify the situation before current contract renegotiations with Zambia are concluded.