Press Roundup Tuesday 11 August 2009

By Press Office
August 11, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Religion & Society

Dalai Lama "hopeful" China will change Tibet policy
The Dalai Lama says that Tibet is currently in a “crisis” which threatens, unless resolved, to continue from “from generation to generation.”

Nepal villagers flock to worship malformed baby as Hindu god
Thousands of people have flocked to a remote Nepalese village 2,000 metres up in the Himalayas to worship a baby born with four arms and four legs, revering him as the reincarnation of a Hindu god.

Comment: Face to faith
Christian and Islamist extremists in Nigeria are exporting dangerous ideas.

Crime & Justice

Bodies of Zarema Sadulayeva and husband found car boot in Chechnya
The head of a Chechen aid group and her husband were found dead in the trunk of their car a day after being kidnapped, police and an official of the Russian human rights group Memorial said today.

Close 'loopholes' allowing war criminals into UK, Straw told
Proposals from the justice secretary, Jack Straw, to change the law to enable the prosecution of overseas war criminals and torturers living in Britain for crimes dating back to 1991 fail to go far enough, according to a committee of MPs and peers.

MI6 boss admits difference in values with US over torture
Sir John Scarlett, the head of MI6, has admitted to a difference in values with America in the fight against terrorism and their use of controversial interrogation techniques such as waterboarding.

Community & Family

Comment: Bring men into the family
If more fathers were able to take career breaks when a child is born, women might not have to delay motherhood.

Comment: Not all broken marriages can be fixed
Forget the moral scolds on divorce – applying more pressure on people to stay in an unhappy marriage is a bad idea.

Ecology & Environment

GM crops 'needed to stop food shortages', says Environment secretary
GM crops were yesterday backed by a Cabinet Minister as one way of preventing future food shortages.

Japanese urged to take bluefin tuna off the menu
Japan should abandon its love affair with sushi and embrace a diet from the austere days of the past, according to the country’s leading fisheries expert.

Peace & War

Hugo Chávez tells army to prepare for conflict with Colombia
Venezuela ordered its army yesterday to prepare for conflict, after accusing Colombia of making a provocative incursion into its territory.

Scores dead in series of bomb attacks in Iraq
At least 41 people have been killed and nearly 150 wounded in a spate of bloody pre-dawn bomb attacks near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and in Baghdad today.

Education & Culture

Private schools threaten legal action to keep charity millions
The head of the organisation that represents the country's top independent schools today issued a threat to the government's charities watchdog that it may consider legal action against moves to force private schools to open up their facilities to pupils from low-income homes.

Life & Death

Comment: Blond's witless take on abortion
Phillip Blond wants to see stricter limits placed on abortion, but he fails to realise that not every child can be a wanted child.

People & Power

Trevor Phillips to relinquish some of his powers at equal rights body
Trevor Phillips is to give up some of his powers as head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission after being widely criticised for his leadership style.

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