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  • 18 May 2016

    The scale of homelessness in Scotland is a "damning indictment" on modern society and politicians must do much more to tackle the problem, a Church leader has said.

  • 18 May 2016

    In the run-up to the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (23-24 May), Christian Aid has launched Nepal Aftershocks: the people’s truth about aid, a new multimedia project that asked nearly 200 people who survived the 2015 earthquakes what they really thought about the aid the world gave.

  • 17 May 2016

    The term ‘armchair activists’ tends to be used in a rather pejorative way, implying that people who campaign through social media are not doing anything that has significance or impact in the real

  • 17 May 2016

    When is the right time to ban a very bad thing? Nations have faced the question in banning slavery, torture, chemical weapons and more. Over one hundred governments and civil society organisations including the World Council of Churches are debating the question again at a UN working group on nuclear weapons.

  • 17 May 2016

    Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)  figures released on 16 May 2016 show 3.9 million people in the UK are in persistent poverty. The figures show  one in three people have experienced poverty in recent years, underlinng the precarious nature of work in Britain.

  • 16 May 2016

    A 'love letter' from 123 LGBTQI clergy and candidates to the United Methodist Church in the US was released on 9 May 2016.

  • 16 May 2016

    British pacifists have urged opponents of war to become “conscientious objectors” by challenging militarist values and attitudes in everyday life.

  • 16 May 2016

    To mark the start of Christian Aid Week, a new report by the charity highlights the world cities most at risk from future coastal flooding.

  • 16 May 2016

    In his latest update on the Yemeni peace talks currently under way in Kuwait, the UN envoy for the conflict-torn country has reported that the two delegations discussed proposals to bridge the gap between their respective visions, reaching consensus on some issues.

  • 16 May 2016

    The UN Open-ended Working Group has completed its second session (13 May 2016) on working out how to bring in new treaties that could lead to multi-lateral disarmament. The UK government is boycotting this intergovernmental meeting.

  • 14 May 2016

    When Norman Gaudie refused to participate in World War I he acted from the deepest conviction that all life is sacred.He knew it was wrong to take a life and so he refused to fight. Faced with conscription, he was prepared to die for his belief.

  • 14 May 2016

    The world's second largest pharmaceutical firm has officially withdrawn from the lethal injection drug trade, imposing strict distribution controls to prevent its drugs reaching execution chambers across the USA.

  • 13 May 2016

    David Cameron missed his best chance to stop secrecy in UK-controlled tax havens while other world leaders announced plans to introduce public registers of company owners in their own countries, Christian Aid warned as the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Summit ended.

  • 13 May 2016

    The food security and nutrition situation in Yemen will turn into a humanitarian disaster unless urgent funding is accessible for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to deliver timely aid, the UN agency has warned.

  • 13 May 2016

    To mark International Conscientious Objectors’ Day 2016, the First World War Peace Forum will hold a ceremony of remembrance on Sunday 15 May at 12 noon in Tavistock Square, WC1.