News Brief

  • December 5, 2007

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, evangelical leaders Rick and Kay Warren and the Rev Gideon Byamugisha, the first African Anglican priest to openly say he is HIV-positive, are contributors to an Advent Calendar focussing on HIV-AIDS awareness.

  • December 5, 2007

    A unique recording of a traditional Shona lament and a Western Christmas carol is entering the race for this year's Christmas Number One. The single - Makandifira/Silent Night - features a 30-strong Zimbabwean children's choir, all of them residents of Makumbi Children's Home and either orphaned by AIDS or HIV

  • December 4, 2007

    The summit of European and African leaders this weekend risks being hijacked by the presence of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Christian Aid said on Tuesday. The development agency says the European Union should not have lifted the travel ban.

  • December 4, 2007

    Optimism emerged during early sessions of the UN climate talks in Bali this week when Australia promised to ratify the Kyoto Protocol as soon as possible, leaving the USA as the only large developed nation outside the global framework.

  • December 4, 2007

    A report published today (Tuesday) has revealed that 26 top UK universities have received contracts for at least £725 million over six years in sponsorship by arms companies and public military bodies with over 1,900 projects funded in this way

  • December 4, 2007

    Quakers are gearing up to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their award of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • December 4, 2007

    A report from United States intelligence agencies has undermined those close to the White House who have been arguing for unilateral military action against Iran by saying that Tehran halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003.

  • December 4, 2007

    To cheers at Tate Liverpool gallery, 48-year-old artist Mark Wallinger won the 2007 Turner Prize, the world's premier art award, and dedicated his win to campaigner Brian Haw, whose anti-Iraq war protest shaped his work 'State Britain'.

  • December 4, 2007

    The Methodist Church in Britain has pronounced A Word in Time, the online Bible study for daily life, launched at the beginning of September 2007, "hugely successful", and is extending the programme to reach a wider audience.

  • December 3, 2007

    Teacher Gillian Gibbons is to be released from prison in Sudan today after she was jailed for letting school children name a teddy bear Muhammad. The case has caused international outrage and Muslims have criticised her jailing.