News Brief

  • January 16, 2008

    Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said multi-racial harmony in his country is under threat by State-sponsored Islamic puritanism that has damaged the constitutional rights of other faiths in the Muslim-majority nation

  • January 16, 2008

    Lambeth Palace, HQ of the Archbishop of Canterbury, has issued a strongly worded statement in response to media reports that a number of Anglican church services in Harare have been disrupted by Zimbabwean state officials.

  • January 16, 2008

    The global human rights group Amnesty International has called on the government of Iran to immediately abolish the "grotesque and horrific" practice of publicly stoning people to death.

  • January 15, 2008

    From its earliest times, Christianity has been associated with Greek thought, says Giles Fraser. But the legacy of Plato is one that needs a good deal of questioning.

  • January 15, 2008

    Oikocredit, a global member-based social investment co-operative which makes small loans to hundreds of vital development projects, has expressed hope that it will "really take off" in the UK after receiving its first major contribution.

  • January 15, 2008

    Supporters of Brian Haw, the Christian peace protestor whose long-running Westminster vigil against the Iraq war led to the government banning demonstrations in the vicinity, have expressed outrage at his arrest yesterday.

  • January 15, 2008

    One of the BBC chief reporters has defied a government ban on the Corporation's personnel operating in Zimbabwe, and has reported that opposition to President Robert Mugabe is growing within his own Zanu-PF party.

  • January 15, 2008

    The Church of the Province of Central Africa has revoked the priest's licence of notoriously pro-Mugabe Zimbabwean Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, following his removal of the Anglican diocese of Harare from its regional division.

  • January 15, 2008

    The head of the United Church of Christ denomination in the USA has reacted with anger and frustration to accusations of racism circulating about it largest congregation, which is also Senator Barack Obama's home church.

  • January 15, 2008

    The Jesuits, one of the largest and most powerful Catholic orders, is holding a meeting in Rome this month, at which it is to elect a new superior general to head its 19,000 members - whose influence is well beyond its numbers.