News Brief

  • January 30, 2016

    Yesterday (29 January) 26 Kurdish refugees from Iraq were confirmed to have drowned off the coast of Samos Island, Greece, as they attempted to cross to Europe from Turkey. Ten of the dead were children; five boys and five girls, says the Anglican mission agency Us (formerly USPG).

  • January 29, 2016

    The Jewish human rights charity, René Cassin, and the civil liberties and human rights organisation Liberty have marked Holocaust Memorial Day by emphasising the link between the Holocaust and the development of safeguards to protect human rights.

  • January 29, 2016

    Concerns have been raised that new cooperation agreements between Europe and Iran could contribute to a surge in drug-related executions – including those of juvenile offenders.

  • January 28, 2016

    As the global community gathered to commemorate the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi extermination camp 71 years ago, the UN Secretary General emphasised that the most effective way to prevent new genocides is by educating new generations about the horrors of the Holocaust.

  • January 28, 2016

    £139 million of ‘made-up money’ will count as UK aid and contribute towards meeting the UK government’s target for spending 0.7 per cent of national income on aid, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed.

  • January 27, 2016

    “What you say flows from what is in your heart.” These are the words with which Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and instructed his disciples in integrity and

  • January 27, 2016

    'Don’t stand by' has been the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 (27 January).

  • January 27, 2016

    Winston Churchill said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." This would seem to describe perfectly the government's approach to welfare reform. 

  • January 27, 2016

    A 21 January World Economic Forum session on how food choices can become a catalyst for positive change became an opportunity for World Council of Churches General Secretary the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit to present “Ten Commandments” of food to the gathered business and political leaders.

  • January 27, 2016

    A new report, Secure Voting, from Webroots Democracy provides expert testimony from companies and academics specialising in online voting systems. It makes the case that electronic balloting is safe and secure and will increase voter engagement.