News Brief

  • February 29, 2008

    Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Tether has secured a House of Commons debate on the impact of the proposed National DNA Database, which takes place today. It has been welcomed by human rights, mental health and church groups.

  • February 29, 2008

    A delegation from the Church of the Brethren has made a historic visit to North Korea, to make direct contact with four farm enterprises that have received support from the church - an act yet rarely extended to people from the United States.

  • February 28, 2008

    Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury's headquarters, has rejected claims made in a speech earlier this week by Conservative leader David Cameron, that Dr Rowan Williams was seeking the incorporation of Sharia law in the UK.

  • February 28, 2008

    Rival political leaders in Kenya have reached an agreement on a coalition government after weeks of bitter negotiations, former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan announced today, before a major press conference.

  • February 28, 2008

    Terrorism, oppression and violence has been declared un-Islamic by around 20,000 Muslim leaders following a scholars' meeting at an Indian madrassa, according to a senior cleric quoted in The Times newspaper in the UK.

  • February 28, 2008

    The new Anglican Bishop of Harare, the Rt Rev Sebastian Bakare, said this week that lawlessness and violence is threatening elections due on 29 March, and has called on Zimbabweans to pray for an end to the conflict and chaos.

  • February 28, 2008

    Two organisations with strong church support who have been working to call business and financial institutions to the bar of social responsibility have joined forces, and will redouble their efforts in promoting ethical investment.

  • February 28, 2008

    Students across Britain yesterday joined protests against universities' links with the arms trade. They called for an end to university arms investments and to the involvement of arms companies in academic research.

  • February 28, 2008

    The annual Channel 4 Political Awards offer an entertaining entree to the world of parliamentary politics, says Simon Barrow. But an award to a controversial lobby group raises questions about how politics is conducted - not least by Christians.

  • February 27, 2008

    Doyen US religion commentator Martin Marty gives an American perspective on the argument about civil and religious law sparked by Rowan Williams.