World News

  • December 19, 2016

    In his last press conference as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings on two issues at the forefront of international concern: that “the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience;” and that South Sudan faces a risk of genocide as the country leaders have “squandered a peace agreement.”

  • December 16, 2016

    Religious radicalisation is at the heart of many political discussions worldwide but is also playing a major role in intra-Christian and interreligious dialogue. Often a divisive feature in these discussions is the tendency to stereotype certain religions as having extremist expressions and actions.

  • December 14, 2016

    NGOs operating in the besieged city of Aleppo, including a partner organisation of Christian Aid, have released a ‘message to the world’ about the unfolding massacre taking place.

  • December 13, 2016

    A nine-year prison sentence against the Bahraini opposition leader Sheikh 'Ali Salman was upheld yesterday by a Bahraini Appeal Court after a retrial, in another blow to freedom of expression in the country.

  • December 12, 2016

    Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres is set to be sworn in today as the next United Nations Secretary-General, succeeding Ban Ki-moon who steps down at the end of the month.

  • December 9, 2016

    Speaking in Bethlehem the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has reflected on the light from the very first Christmas in the very same town, and what that light means in a global search for just peace. 

  • December 8, 2016

    A new report from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) show that fromJuly 2016 up to early autumn, at least 87 people have been killed and more than 9,000 injured in clashes between Indian authorities and protesters across the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • December 7, 2016

    In a statement following Israeli authorities’ detention, interrogation and deportation of the World Council of Churches Associate General Secretary Prof Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri upon arrival in Tel Aviv, the WCC ”deeply regrets the Israeli antagonism against the WCC’s initiatives for peace with justice for both Palestinians and Israelis.”

  • December 6, 2016

    The UN Security Council yesterday failed to adopt a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo that would allow humanitarian aid to reach people trapped in the war-ravaged Syrian city.

  • December 5, 2016

    Six Amazonian Indians have been murdered in the latest wave of violence against Brazil’s indigenous population.