World News

  • February 10, 2007

    UK chancellor Gordon Brown and other finance ministers at the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations meeting which opened tyesterday in Essen, Germany, must fulfill their two-year-old promise to stop international financial institutions imposing damaging economic policies on developing countries, according to Christian Aid and other church-related development NGOs.

  • February 10, 2007

    A study released by the Geneva-based World Health Organization has noted the key role of faith-based organizations in HIV prevention and care, but says greater collaboration is needed between them and public health agencies - writes Peter Kenny from Geneva for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • February 9, 2007

    Talks between the Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah have forged an agreement to create a Palestinian unity government, following extensive diplomatic and political efforts.

  • February 9, 2007

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's internal and external security depends upon two things - its traditional religions and its nuclear forces - writes Sophia Kishkovsky from Moscow for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • February 9, 2007

    UK-based international development and advocacy agency Christian Aid is backing British international development secretary Hilary Benn's criticism of the new Chinese loans policy to Africa.

  • February 8, 2007

    Germany's Protestant churches are distributing thousands of postcards in 16 languages to schools and bars as part of a new campaign to encourage young people to get involved in projects to promote social tolerance and non-violence - writes Frauke Brauns from Bielefeld, Germany, for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • February 8, 2007

    Heavy rains in Jakarta, Indonesia, have caused severe flooding, marooning many people in their homes and work places. Water rose to a height of nearly four metres in some parts of the city, much of which lies below sea level - writes Ferne Burkhardt from Mennonite World Conference (MWC)communications office.

  • February 8, 2007

    The capacity of the alliance of global churches from different Christian traditions "to respond to the challenges of today's world depends to a large extent on more creative and future-oriented forms of co-operation and networking," said World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia in launching a fresh ecumenical initiative.

  • February 7, 2007

    Using the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as a platform, a US commission on religious freedom has called for increased international pressure on China to end its intolerance of religious expression - writes Cheryl Heckler for Ecumenical News International (ENI).

  • February 7, 2007

    International development agency Christian Aid and leading British Muslim magazine, Q-News, have teamed up to host a special screening of Bamako, a powerful film about the devastating effects of World Bank and IMF policies imposed on African countries, at the Curzon Cinema, Mayfair, London on 12 February 2007.