News Brief

  • April 4, 2016

    In May 2010 the incoming coalition government seized upon a silly, ill-advised note left in the Treasury by the outgoing Chief Secretary Liam Byrne. It said, "I'm afraid there is no money".

  • April 4, 2016

    Pope Francis and senior Methodist representatives from around the world will take part in a series of events to mark the opening of the new Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome.

  • April 4, 2016

    This year has seen Saudi Arabia execute 82 people so far, according to new research by the international human rights organisation Reprieve – which suggests the Kingdom is on course to behead twice as many prisoners as last year.

  • March 30, 2016

    Much as it is an understatement to say that I was shaken by the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, so it is the case with the terrorist assaults on Brussels earlier this month.

  • March 29, 2016

    Since the Budget, the issue of spending cuts affecting disabled people has been given some long-overdue media attention.

  • March 28, 2016

    In the year since the Saudi-led bombardment of Yemen began, thousands of Yemeni civilians have died and millions have been left without access to vital infrastructure, clean water or electricity.

  • March 26, 2016

    How did you vote in the general election? For what you believed in? Out of custom and loyalty? Holding your nose? For the 'least worst'?

  • March 25, 2016

    Amnesty International has said it will study new draft legal guidance on abortion to be published by Northern Ireland's Department of Health and has repeated its call for urgent reform of the region’s restrictive abortion law. It was announced yesterday that the Northern Ireland government will finally publish the long-awaited draft guidance.

  • March 25, 2016

    International development agency Christian Aid has launched a new framework outlining one of its ‘priority approaches’ to tackling poverty – building the resilience of women, men and children in poor and marginalised communities.

  • March 25, 2016

    Ten years ago, Norman Kember,  the peace activist taken hostage in Iraq, returned home after being freed by SAS troops.