World News

  • 10 Jul 2008

    A United Nations committee meeting here has determined that two Baha’i shrines in Israel possess “outstanding universal value” and should be considered as part of the cultural heritage of humanity as a whole.

  • 9 Jul 2008

    Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that Robert Mugabe’s regime was ‘illegitimate’ and had ‘blood on its hands’. He was speaking at the close of the three-day G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan, today.

  • 9 Jul 2008

    Money given by wealthy nations to help the developing world combat climate change should not be administered by the World Bank, says the UK-based international development agency Christian Aid.

  • 8 Jul 2008

    The Pentagon has announced that the US military will continue to use and export even the most unreliable cluster bombs over the next decade. The policy decision comes shortly after 111 countries agreed to a global treaty banning cluster bombs.

  • 8 Jul 2008

    The G8 leaders have been criticised today for failing to make a breakthrough in critical climate change talks. Discussions about how to reduce greenhouse gases came on the second day of the summit on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

  • 8 Jul 2008

    At a meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, the Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has called on its member churches to advocate for the removal of discriminatory travel and entry restrictions, and similar examples of stigmatizations to people living with HIV.

  • 8 Jul 2008

    Roman Catholic social justice advocates have joined in widespread criticism of new laws restricting protests during World Youth Day in Sydney this month, which Pope Benedict XVI will attend in his first visit to Australia.

  • 8 Jul 2008

    A key church figure in the struggle against Robert Mugabe's abuses in Zimbabwe, Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube, has said he may soon return to the country, still reeling from post-election conflict, hunger and economic chaos.

  • 8 Jul 2008

    Climate change, its causes and consequences as well as the role of churches worldwide, are at the centre of a 7-14 July 2008 visit to the Pacific region by World Council of Churches general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia.

  • 7 Jul 2008

    The leaders of the G8 nations must take decisive action to halt spiralling rises in food and oil prices and to increase aid to developing nations the Secretary General of the United Nations has said.