News Brief

  • 26 Aug 2014

    Africa’s last huntiing Bushmen have given formal notice of their intention to sue the Botswana government over its “unlawful and unconstitutional” attempts to starve them off their ancestral land.

  • 26 Aug 2014

    According to analysis from the UK online HR resource XpertHR, annual pay rises are delivering a median 2.5 per cent increase.

  • 26 Aug 2014

    The UN has cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying limitations prevent the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies.

  • 25 Aug 2014

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for an end to the presumption of innocence for those visiting war zones and powers to remove UK citizenship for those supporting a “terrorist state”.

  • 25 Aug 2014

    Oman joined the international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines on 20 August, says Human Rights Watch.

  • 25 Aug 2014

    The UN has confirmed that an American freelance journalist, reportedly held captive for nearly two years by militants in Syria, was freed on 24 August and handed over to UN peacekeepers.

  • 23 Aug 2014

    UK home secretary Theresa May has promised to get tough on “non-violent extremism” as well as terrorism. Unless this is narrowly defined, such measures may undermine civil liberties and do more to promote than to counter violence.

  • 23 Aug 2014

    As hostilities in Gaza and Israel resumed after the collapse of the ceasefire earlier this week, Amnesty International has renewed its call on the UK government to suspend all arms export licences for Israel.

  • 22 Aug 2014

    A new report from the TUC says the majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families.

  • 22 Aug 2014

    Having recently decided to take part in my local half marathon in Oxford, I thought it would provide a good opportunity to raise funds for Ekklesia. In the first of a series of blogposts about my run, I explain what drives me to do long distance running, and some thoughts about the training so far...