World News

  • 9 Sep 2008

    One of the world's smallest nations, Tuvalu, has a big problem. Slowly, but surely, it is "going under" the relentless waves of the Pacific. Tuvaluans know it, but they don't accept that sinking is their ultimate fate.

  • 9 Sep 2008

    The UK-based international development agency Christian Aid is among those urging Caribbean heads of government to refuse to sign a new trade deal that the European Union (EU) is attempting to force onto the region.

  • 9 Sep 2008

    A web portal providing access to resources on communication rights has been launched by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) as the first step towards establishing a new global Centre for Communication Rights.

  • 8 Sep 2008

    The Angolan government is threatening to close the Association for Justice, Peace and Democracy (AJPD), one of the country’s most active human rights organisations.

  • 8 Sep 2008

    A major arms fair due to begin on Remembrance Day in Adelaide, Australia, has been cancelled because of high levels of protest. In the UK, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has welcomed the news.

  • 8 Sep 2008

    Speaking at a pastoral congress in Germany, Cardinal Martino deplored the prejudice and hatred being meted out to Romany and travelling people (often called "gypsies") in many parts of Europe, and called on churches to support them.

  • 7 Sep 2008

    Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he will not be bullied into power sharing at any cost and has challenged President Robert Mugabe to hold new elections if he is not prepared to reach a genuine agreement.

  • 6 Sep 2008

    The United Nations is warning that more than half a million people are in need of emergency assistance after storms Fay, Gustav and Hanna battered the island of Haiti. Church and development groups are responding with urgent aid.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    A pastoral delegation sent by the World Council of Churches to Georgia and Russia in the wake of the bitter conflict there has not been able to get safe passage to visit South Ossetia from the Georgian side of the ceasefire line.

  • 5 Sep 2008

    The World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation have called on the Prime Minister of India requesting his intervention to end the violence in the state of Orissa. They are also backing Christian prayer and solidarity.