Press Roundup Thursday 10 September 2009

By Press Office
September 10, 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

Negotiators shocked by special forces rescue raid on Taleban
Hostage negotiators expressed shock and anger at Gordon Brown’s decision to approve a commando raid to free a kidnapped British journalist, saying that they were within days of securing his release through peaceful means.

More than half of British public against UK mission in Afghanistan
Most people are against the decision to send British troops to Afghanistan, according to a survey published today.

Iran may have enough enriched uranium to build a bomb, US warns
The US warned yesterday that Iran might already have enough enriched uranium to build a bomb as Tehran defied sanctions threats and stuck to its nuclear programme.

US risks being sucked into Yemen civil war
Tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing a vicious civil war that threatens to turn the key Arab peninsula state of Yemen into a terrorist stronghold and to suck the US into another sensitive conflict zone.

Life & Death

Hugo Chávez accuses Israel of genocide
Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, has accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinians, saying the offensive in Gaza early this year was unprovoked.

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.

Death row gran in fourth plinth 'appearance'
A British grandmother on death row in the US is today sending out a message via Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth today.

Fresh hope for Japanese man who has been on death row for 40 years
A mentally ill man who has been on death row in Japan for more than 40 years has been given fresh hope by a new initiative encouraging the incoming government to halt executions.

Religion & Society

Creation film: the ten best evolution vs. creation arguments
A film about the life of Charles Darwin, which will open the Toronto Film Festival tomorrow, has sparked fresh debate on the theory of evolution.

Priest armed with a Bible hijacks Mexican plane
A Bolivian-born man clutching a Bible and claiming a divine mission hijacked a plane in Mexico with more than 100 people on board yesterday.

Comment: Nazir-Ali is right
We must rise to the challenge posed by Islam, as the church teaches,

Education & Culture

BNP may be barred from school governing bodies
British National party councillors could be barred from serving as school governors if a landmark case planned by a teaching union goes ahead.

Schools 'cannot cope' with extreme poverty
Schools are struggling to cope with increasing numbers of children raised in Dickens-style poverty, according to a teachers’ leader.

Comment: This rewriting of history is spreading Europe's poison
Blaming the USSR for the second world war is not only absurd – it boosts the heirs of the Nazis' wartime collaborators.

Globalisation & Development

Burmese generals pocket $5bn from Total oil deal
The Burmese military junta has earned almost $5bn from a controversial gas pipeline operated by the French oil giant Total and deprived the country of vital income by depositing almost all the money in bank accounts in Singapore, a new report claims.

Community & Family

Anti-war parents 'back army career'
Almost two-thirds of British people would support their child's decision to join the Army although more than half disagreed with its deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, a poll has found.

Crime & Justice

Foreign Office failed to act on torture claims by British nationals
The Foreign Office today admitted it had taken too long to investigate allegations by two British nationals that they were tortured in Pakistan.

People & Power

Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki accused of sinister purge to become dictator
The Iraqi opposition accused Nouri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister, yesterday of purging the American-trained security apparatus so that he could attain quasi-dictatorial powers.

Race & Identity

DNA database holds flawed data on ethnicity, claims Ethics Group
The DNA database holds flawed data on criminal suspects’ ethnic groups and is “not fit for purpose”, a government-appointed advisory group said.

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