Though taking artefacts from antiquities site constitutes a severe criminal offence, the Israel Antiquities Authority says it will not prosecute a repentant New Yorker who returned a fragment he had taken from an ancient palace.
For the first time in years, the US House of Representatives has passed legislation that would significantly boost US capacities to help prevent and respond to international crises, the Friends Committee on National Legislation reported today.
Recent incidents of violence in Bagua, Peru, are further examples of the suppression of indigenous people's rights, says the head of the World Council of Churches. Just policies and an end to violence are needed for peace.
A senior US church public policy advocate has urged a House committee to increase funding for international adaptation assistance for poor countries in the recently introduced American Clean Energy and Security Act.
An approach called 'simultaneous policy', which offers a fast-track to addressing global problems such as climate change, has succeeded in attracting broad cross-party support in the European parliamentary elections.
Change is in the air as churches in many parts of the world hold a "World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel" that began on 4 June 2009, say organisers and participants. New voices are advocating steps toward peace.
The Anglican Bishop of Kurunagala in Sri Lanka, the Rt Revd Kumara lllangasinghe, has written to Anglican churches throughout the world to appeal for crisis aid for refugee casualties following the bloody end to the war there.