News Brief

  • September 6, 2007

    Hurricane Felix, which struck Nicaragua on Tuesday 5 September 2007, has destroyed 9,000 homes, according to the Nicaraguan government. 38 people are confirmed dead, with another 80 missing. Honduras and Guatemala have also been hit.

  • September 6, 2007

    Leaders of Britain's Hindu community are expressing disbelief and outrage at claims by two English church ministers that yoga should be banned after saying that the meditative exercise is a sham and not compatible with Christianity.

  • September 6, 2007

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, seen by many of the world's Orthodox Christians as their spiritual leader, has issued a warning saying climate change, which threatens the survival of humanity, needs to be dealt with immediately.

  • September 5, 2007

    The United Kingdom’s asylum system is rigged to fail as many applicants as possible, says Peter Tatchell. It is unjust, chaotic and inhumane. Here he highlights the concerns and lets key witnesses speak for themselves - including a Churches' Commission for Racial Justice worker.

  • September 5, 2007

    The National Union of Students (NUS) and the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) today launched joint guidance to help students' unions and Christian unions manage good local relationships. The guidance comes after tensions between these groups in 2006.

  • September 5, 2007

    Pacific churches need courage and wisdom to face the legacy of colonialism, migration problems, the downside of tourism, questions of democracy and good governance, the ravages of climate change and geo-political tensions, a gathering of Christians in the region has heard.

  • September 5, 2007

    To be a member of the pacifist Society of Friends (Quakers) and a member of the South African Communist Party may seem contradictory to some of her compatriots. But Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, until recently South Africa's deputy health minister, sees no anomaly.

  • September 5, 2007

    In a move designed to safeguard its independence, but which critics will see as bowing to a minority of climate change sceptics, the BBC is reported to have scrapped plans for the TV special Planet Relief, aimed at raising awareness of the human contribution to global warming.

  • September 5, 2007

    Peace and human rights campaigners have welcomed the decision by Israel's Supreme Court to redraw a small portion of the route of the partition wall around the West Bank, where villagers had argued that the barrier prevented them from reaching 50% of their agricultural land.

  • September 5, 2007

    New research published by academics based at the University of East London indicates that the demographic patterns in Britain's capital are in some cases shaped more by religious and cultural identity than by categories of race and ethnicity.