Press Roundup Tuesday 18 August 2009

By Press Office
August 18, 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

Comment: An atheist's prayer
One need not believe in God to experience the benefits of praying for moral guidance.

Comment: Distance lends disenchantment
Religious belief is credible only from the inside, and once we've seen its absurdities from the outside, it's hard to crawl back in.

Comment: John Walsh: God wants you wealthy – and he'd also like your cinema and a fast car
An intriguing local-community dispute is simmering along nicely in Crystal Palace. It's a dispute between God and Mammon, with God showing curious signs of being the bad guy. On one side are residents who are worried about the regeneration of the "Palace triangle", three busy roads which have been designated an "at risk" conservation area. On the other side is an Evangelical church.

Crime & Justice

Charity sues government over 'rendition' of two men handed by British to US forces
A legal charity is suing the Government in connection with the extraordinary rendition of two men arrested in Iraq, passed to the US authorities and held at a detention centre in Afghanistan for the past five years.

Ex-president Frederick Chiluba walks free after Zambian corruption trial
Frederick Chiluba, the sharp-suited former President of Zambia, has walked from court a free man after he was acquitted of all corruption charges at the end of a landmark six-year trial.

Argentine general sentenced to life for rights abuses
The former general who ran a base that was the backdrop for multiple abuses during Argentina's 1976-83 dictatorship was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for human rights violations.

Ecology & Environment

China's giant panda faces extinction in 'two to three generations'
China's giant pandas could be extinct in 'two to three generations' as the country's headlong rush for economic development destroys the animals' habitat, the WWF has warned.

Lions face extinction in Kenya within 20 years
Lions may become extinct in Kenya within the next 20 years unless urgent action is taken to save them, conservationists warned.

Community & Family

Mobile phone networks asked to cut off sex trade before London 2012 Olympics
Mobile phone networks have been asked to cut off pimps and prostitutes ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Peace & War

20 dead in suicide bomb attack as carnage returns to the Caucasus
A suicide bomber rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a police station in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia yesterday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 138 more, including several children.

Sex & Gender

India welcomes more baby girls for first time
More girls were born in Delhi than boys last year for the first time, according to official figures, after parents were given cash bonuses of £125 for each new daughter as part of a drive to stamp out female infanticide.

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