UK News Briefing

  • July 4, 2003

    Bond girl becomes anglican vicar

    -4/7/03

    A former model who appeared with Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies has been ordained an Anglican vicar in Liverp

    Bond girl becomes anglican vicar -4/7/03 A former model who appeared with Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies has been ordained an Anglican vicar in Liverpool. Shannon Ledbetter, 39, has been appointed curate of St Mark's Church in Knowsley...
  • July 4, 2003

    Scottish clergy call for release of asylum seekers

    -4/7/03

    Senior clergy in Scotland have called for the immediate release of a Kurdish family who have been

    Scottish clergy call for release of asylum seekers -4/7/03 Senior clergy in Scotland have called for the immediate release of a Kurdish family who have been detained for almost a year. In a letter published in The Scotsman, three bishops - two...
  • July 4, 2003

    Christian charity launches apostasy petition

    -4/7/03

    An international Christian charity has launched a petition focusing on the Islamic law of apostasy.

    Christian charity launches apostasy petition -4/7/03 An international Christian charity has launched a petition focusing on the Islamic law of apostasy. According to traditional Islamic law (Shariíah) adult Muslim men who choose to convert to...
  • July 4, 2003

    Reference to God in EU constitution unlikley

    -4/7/03

    The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he does not expect a future constitution for th

    Reference to God in EU constitution unlikley -4/7/03 The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he does not expect a future constitution for the European Union to mention the Christianity. But Erdogan also said that recent proposals...
  • July 4, 2003

    World Bank poverty drive has failed

    -4/7/03

    A report published yesterday suggests that World Bank projects costing hundreds of millions of pounds and aimed at c

    World Bank poverty drive has failed -4/7/03 A report published yesterday suggests that World Bank projects costing hundreds of millions of pounds and aimed at cutting malnutrition among children in developing countries have completely failed to make...
  • 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...