Press Roundup Wednesday 9 September 2009

By Press Office
September 9, 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.

Peace & War

Huge 600lb bomb found planted in Northern Ireland
A huge bomb discovered on the Irish border was meant to kill police officers, it was claimed last night.

Israel's war on Gaza killed 252 children, report claims
The Israeli official figures seriously underestimated the civilian Palestinian death toll exacted during its onslaught in Gaza early this year, according to painstaking research to be published today.

Iran's confrontation with West over nuclear programme 'has reached a stalemate', IAEA head says
Iran's confrontation with the international community over its nuclear programme has reached a “stalemate”, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday.

Afghan alcohol ban after Nato staff were 'too hungover' to give explanation for airstrike that killed 70 civilians
Alcohol has been banned from Nato's headquarters in Afghanistan in the wake of an airstrike that killed up to 70 civilians.

Religion & Society

Airline bomb plot: mosque has been recruiting ground for 20 years
A mosque frequented by the leader of the airline plot terrorist cell has been a recruiting ground for extremists for more than 20 years.

Comment: Beating the extremists
The government's strategy of funding moderate Muslim groups is flawed, but it's the right step towards winning the battle of ideas.

Comment: Tony Blair's justification of faith
Tony Blair's embrace of faith is testimony to its power as a force in the world, which rationality will not defeat.

Ecology & Environment

Climate change talks ‘in danger’, warns David Miliband
Hopes of a global deal to tackle climate change have receded after David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, said there was a “real danger” that a UN summit in Copenhagen in December would fail to produce an effective treaty on cutting greenhouse gases.

UK lined up to be Europe's carbon capital
Britain could become the carbon storage capital of Europe by selling space beneath the North Sea to bury billions of tonnes of waste gases from the continent's power stations.

Ministers urged to cap aviation emissions to meet carbon targets
An agreement to cap aviation emissions must be reached at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen if countries are to meet targets to combat global warming, according to the committee set up to advise the government on the issue.

Community & Family

Abortion adverts on TV are delayed following public outcry
A decision on whether to allow television adverts for abortion has been put off by watchdogs following a public outcry.

Economy & Politics

Cameron the 10% axeman: Tory leader to slash Ministers' pay, reduce the number of MPs, cut their perks - and then target public spending
David Cameron has paved the way for spending cuts of 10 per cent as he proposed reducing the number of MPs and slashing ministerial pay.

Education & Culture

Doctors demand ban on all alcohol advertising
A total ban on alcohol advertising must be introduced by the Government to halt an epidemic of problem drinking, doctors’ leaders say.

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