News Brief

  • 19 Jul 2014

    Amid escalating violence in Gaza, the UN Secretary-General has left for the region to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and to help bolster efforts for a solution.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    Welfare, education and the NHS are all being hit by the same cuts, driven, not by a desire to improve the national debt (which is now significantly worse than 2010), says Virginia Moffatt, but by a poisonous ideology that private profit must come before common good. "So I decided that the time had come to move somewhere, where I can be in a position to challenge that ideology. I have joined Ekklesia as the new Chief Operating Officer, because I can see what an important role a think-tank linking good quality research and ideas to civic action, political change and a positive role for churches and other NGOs can play in influencing mainstream politics. That is what I want to be part of."

  • 18 Jul 2014

    A friend of mine who uses a wheelchair was recently approached by a stranger who crossed over the road to talk to her. Without knowing anything about her, he told her that he supported her right to die with dignity through assisted suicide. She told him that she was more concerned with her right to live than her right to die.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    The World Council of Churches has expressed deep sorrow to all mourning the deaths of nearly 300 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines flight 17.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    Holding prisoners in prolonged solitary confinement in the only federal super-maximum security prison in the US amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, says Amnesty.

  • 18 Jul 2014

    The TUC has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable urging him to modernise the rules governing strike ballots and bring union voting methods into the 21st century.

  • 17 Jul 2014

    Quakers in the Hampshire area are planning a Meeting for Worship at Farnborough International, which hosts an arms fair alongside “family-friendly” air displays.

  • 17 Jul 2014

    A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed.

  • 16 Jul 2014

    The President of the Methodist Conference has welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops.

  • 16 Jul 2014

    Most people who lose their jobs will soon have to wait five weeks before they get any cash help, according to small print in the Universal Credit rules, say the TUC.