More than half the world’s governments have agreed to ban the production, use, stockpiling and export of all existing cluster munitions. Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, representatives of 110 nations completed negotiations yesterday.
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have welcomed the commitment by the UK Government to withdraw the remaining two cluster munitions from its arsenal.
Bethlehem participants in a global week of church advocacy are inviting individuals and groups around the world to send them wishes and prayers for peace. Incoming emails will be shared with parishes, schools and organizations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
The government is preparing to scrap Britain's entire arsenal of cluster bombs that have killed and maimed hundreds of innocent civilians, reports the Guardian newspaper. Officials are paving the way for the radical step at talks in Dublin.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will jump out of an aeroplane today to raise money for the families of soldiers killed or injured in Afghanistan. The Archbishop was one of the most prominent opponents of the war in Iraq.
Gordon Brown will meet the Dalai Lama at Lambeth Palace, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, today. The British Prime Minister has been accused of "kow-towing" to China by meeting the exiled Tibetan leader in his capacity as a spiritual leader.