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  • 5 Sep 2007

    In a move designed to safeguard its independence, but which critics will see as bowing to a minority of climate change sceptics, the BBC is reported to have scrapped plans for the TV special Planet Relief, aimed at raising awareness of the human contribution to global warming.

  • 5 Sep 2007

    Peace and human rights campaigners have welcomed the decision by Israel's Supreme Court to redraw a small portion of the route of the partition wall around the West Bank, where villagers had argued that the barrier prevented them from reaching 50% of their agricultural land.

  • 5 Sep 2007

    New research published by academics based at the University of East London indicates that the demographic patterns in Britain's capital are in some cases shaped more by religious and cultural identity than by categories of race and ethnicity.

  • 4 Sep 2007

    Current media debates about religion are often ill-informed as well as partisan, says Theo Hobson. Atheists as well as believers need challenging on their outlook.

  • 4 Sep 2007

    Christians across all London's 33 boroughs, including many from the Black Majority Churches, are coming together for a Week of Peace which will look at practical community-based methods for reducing violence throughout the capital.

  • 4 Sep 2007

    Evacuations from coastal areas have begun in earnest, as a ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane threatens Central America. Church and development agencies have been working with local emergency committees to help communities create shelters.

  • 4 Sep 2007

    A Christian group in Hong Kong has appealed for churches to show solidarity with hundreds of ironworkers who have been on strike for more than three weeks in what is reported to be the territory's longest-running industrial dispute for 30 years.

  • 3 Sep 2007

    Climate change is not just a green issue; it is also a security concern, according to a briefing paper published by the Church of England.

  • 3 Sep 2007

    London police will be especially over-stretched next week when up to 4,000 officers are expected to be deployed at an arms fair in east London.

  • 2 Sep 2007

    Jesus forgave those who spoke against him, says Johan Maurer. But the churches find it difficult to follow in his footsteps, and instead seek restitution when they are offended. We need a more Christian way of responding.

  • 2 Sep 2007

    African religious leaders meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli from 27 to 30 August 2007 have praised a more than 25-year-long dialogue between Libya and the Vatican as a positive contribution to good relations between Christianity and Islam.

  • 2 Sep 2007

    The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid intends to double the number of volunteer teachers it recruits over the next two years to help share stories about the work of its 700 partner organisations in 50 developing countries.

  • 1 Sep 2007

    Following an earlier comment about the unravelling of establishment, the Church of Ireland's new primate, Archbishop Alan Harper, has warned churches that they can no longer base their mission on the idea of having “a place as of right” to exert influence in the public arena.

  • 1 Sep 2007

    Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has made an emotional appeal to Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to invite all Anglican bishops to the 2008 global Lambeth Conference, "even those irregularly consecrated or actively gay."

  • 1 Sep 2007

    Anglican churches will soon return to their mission to alleviate poverty, disease and injustice and abandon a "fixation" with homosexuality, says Anglican Bishop Trevor Mwamba, the recently-appointed dean of the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa.