UK News Briefing

  • July 2, 2003

    Arms exports to Indonesia rise twentyfold

    -2/7/03

    Arms exports to Indonesia have risen twentyfold in the past two years despite ministers' concerns about hu

    Arms exports to Indonesia rise twentyfold -2/7/03 Arms exports to Indonesia have risen twentyfold in the past two years despite ministers' concerns about human rights violations by the military, and continual efforts by campaigners to highlight the...
  • July 2, 2003

    Case against user who said cannabis was God's gift to be dropped

    -2/7/03

    The case against a multiple sclerosis sufferer who said that cannabis was 'god's gi

    Case against user who said cannabis was God's gift to be dropped -2/7/03 The case against a multiple sclerosis sufferer who said that cannabis was ìgodís giftî is expected to be dropped. It is understood the Crown will tell Kirkwall Sheriff Court...
  • July 2, 2003

    Bush to snub Mandela over opposition to Iraq war

    -2/7/03

    President George Bush will make history next week when he becomes the first head of state not to ask

    Bush to snub Mandela over opposition to Iraq war -2/7/03 President George Bush will make history next week when he becomes the first head of state not to ask for a meeting with Nelson Mandela while on a visit to South Africa. The action by the US...
  • July 2, 2003

    Methodists and Anglicans move closer

    -2/7/03

    The Methodist Church took the first steps yesterday towards ending two centuries of separation from the Church o

    Methodists and Anglicans move closer -2/7/03 The Methodist Church took the first steps yesterday towards ending two centuries of separation from the Church of England when its conference voted in favour of a ìcovenantî scheme reports the Times....
  • July 2, 2003

    HSBC launches religious mortgages

    -2/7/03

    HSBC is to become the first UK high street bank to offer mortgages specifically designed to comply with religious p

    HSBC launches religious mortgages -2/7/03 HSBC is to become the first UK high street bank to offer mortgages specifically designed to comply with religious principles. The alternative system of home loans is aimed at Muslimís, and avoids the payment...
  • July 1, 2003

    Woolf challenges crime and punishment rhetoric

    -1/7/03

    In a move that will increase pressure on the Home Secretary to look at 'restorative' rather than 'retr

    Woolf challenges crime and punishment rhetoric -1/7/03 In a move that will increase pressure on the Home Secretary to look at ìrestorativeî rather than ìretributiveî approaches to crime, the Lord Chief Justice has called for a "change in rhetoric"...
  • June 30, 2003

    Blair at odds with Christian Socialists over fox hunting

    -30/6/03

    The prime minister is tonight expected to vote against an amendment which would outlaw fox

    Blair at odds with Christian Socialists over fox hunting -30/6/03 The prime minister is tonight expected to vote against an amendment which would outlaw fox hunting in all circumstances. In so doing Tony Blair will set himself at odds with the...
  • June 30, 2003

    Mel Gibson film on crucifixion condemned

    -30/6/03

    Mel Gibson's new film The Passion, which will include a brutal depiction of the Crucifixion and Christ's

    Mel Gibson film on crucifixion condemned -30/6/03 Mel Gibson's new film The Passion, which will include a brutal depiction of the Crucifixion and Christ's final 12 hours, has been condemned by Catholic and Jewish groups in America for its alleged...
  • June 30, 2003

    Pope urges recognition of Christianity in EU constitution

    -30/6/03

    Pope John Paul II has entered the debate over the European Union's constitution, saying i

    Pope urges recognition of Christianity in EU constitution -30/6/03 Pope John Paul II has entered the debate over the European Union's constitution, saying it should include a recognition of Europe's Christian heritage when it is signed next year. A...
  • June 30, 2003

    Backlash expected against government plans for same-sex partnerships

    -30/6/03

    The government will today provoke criticism from traditionalists when it unvei

    Backlash expected against government plans for same-sex partnerships -30/6/03 The government will today provoke criticism from traditionalists when it unveils plans to give gay and lesbian partners some of the same legal rights as married couples....