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  • 9 Dec 2006

    This week I have had the great pleasure of meeting up again, for the first time since March 2006, with Jim Loney from Canada and Harmeeet Singh Sooden from New Zealand. One year ago this weekend we were companions in kidnap and held in close confinement in Baghdad where we had gone as members of a Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation.

  • 9 Dec 2006

    Churches in Sri Lanka have denounced the revival of a draconian anti-terrorism law by the government aimed at hobbling support for ethnic Tamil rebels with whom government forces are in almost a fully-fledged war despite there being an official cease-fire - reports Ecumenical News International.

  • 8 Dec 2006

    UK government asked to keep up pressure on World Bank

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    The British-based inte

    UK government asked to keep up pressure on World Bank

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    The British-based inte

  • 8 Dec 2006

    Churches condemn Fiji coup and seek peace with justice

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    The head of the Fiji

    Churches condemn Fiji coup and seek peace with justice

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    The head of the Fiji

  • 8 Dec 2006

    Forgiveness not revenge for Iraq, say former peace hostages

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    The three Christi

    Forgiveness not revenge for Iraq, say former peace hostages

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    The three Christi

  • 8 Dec 2006

    The head of the Fiji Council of Churches has condemned the administration set up by army commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama after a military seizure of power as "illegal and unconstitutional" and has urged prayers for God's intervention ‚Ä' reports Ecumenical News International.

  • 8 Dec 2006

    The British-based international development agency Christian Aid has called on UK international development secretary Hilary Benn to continue to use his influence to lever more reform at the World Bank.

  • 7 Dec 2006

    Christian Aid challenge Gordon Brown on climate change

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    British-based interna

    Christian Aid challenge Gordon Brown on climate change

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    British-based interna

  • 7 Dec 2006

    Christians welcome new dynamic of Iraq Study Group report

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    The National Counc

    Christians welcome new dynamic of Iraq Study Group report

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    The National Counc

  • 7 Dec 2006

    US Catholic bishops urge peaceful solutions in Lebanon

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    The US Conference of

    US Catholic bishops urge peaceful solutions in Lebanon

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    The US Conference of

  • 7 Dec 2006

    Concern for religious groups under new Russian law

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    Concern has been raised o

    Concern for religious groups under new Russian law

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    Concern has been raised o

  • 7 Dec 2006

    The National Council of Churches USA has said that the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group "generally resonate" with church leaders' recommendations, and has urged President Bush and the United States Congress "to understand the opportunity presented by this report."

  • 7 Dec 2006

    The US Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) international policy committee has sent a message to the American government urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to increase efforts with the international community to establish peace, stability and political reform in Lebanon.

  • 7 Dec 2006

    British-based international development agency Christian Aid called for much more radical action to tackle climate change, following UK Chancellor Gordon Brown's pre-budget report yesterday - which raised ‘green' taxes on motor and air travel and offered incentives for greener homes.

  • 6 Dec 2006

    England and Wales Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams have announced plans for an Advent visit to Bethlehem and East Jerusalem, reports Independent Catholic News.