Press Roundup Tuesday 6 October 2009

By Press Office
October 6, 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

Pakistan readies for new assault on Bin Laden lair
In what is likely to be its sternest challenge yet, Pakistan's military is poised to launch a major offensive in the coming days against militants in the remote mountainous terrain of South Waziristan, long rumoured to be the hiding place of Osama bin Laden.

Hamas and Fatah to sign unity deal in Middle East peace boost
Hamas and Fatah, the feuding Palestinian factions, have agreed to reconcile later this month, which could remove a significant obstacle to a Middle East peace deal.

UN praise for Iran over nuclear inspections
Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the UN nuclear watchdog, has praised Iran for setting a date to open its newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant to international inspection.

Comment: Iran's nuclear programme will not change the balance of power... yet
As Russia and the US talk of disarmament, the world has enough bombs for 2.3 million Hiroshimas.

Religion & Society

Government has launched state-sponsored attack on religion, says Baroness Warsai
The shadow community cohesion minister said forced secularism was “not the British way” and accused the Government of relying on a failed policy of multiculturalism.

Shroud of Turin 'is a medieval fake', say Italian scientists
The Shroud of Turin has been reproduced, according to Italian scientists, who claimed their experiment proved that the linen some Christians revere as Jesus's burial cloth is a medieval fake.

Egypt purges niqab from schools and colleges
Egypt has embarked on a campaign to restrict the most conservative forms of Muslim dress after one of Islam's most respected clerics ordered a schoolgirl to remove her niqab, or veil.

Comment: It's our duty to be there
Of course the church should get its hands dirty with the appalling dilemmas and confusions of war.

Crime & Justice

Scrap jail sentences say prison governors
Jail terms of less than a year should be abolished in favour of softer community sentences, prison bosses will urge today.

Murder sparks demands for 'chemical castration'
France is considering the compulsory "chemical castration" of sexual criminals after a woman jogger was murdered in a forest south of Paris by a convicted rapist.

Fatah-led security officers accused of torturing Hamas suspect to death
Palestinian authorities have begun a rare military trial of security officers accused of torturing a Hamas suspect to death at a time of an intensifying crackdown in the West Bank against the Islamist movement.

People & Power

Israel minister calls off visit to Britain over fear of arrest over 'war crimes'
An Israeli Cabinet minister has called off a visit to Britain because of concerns he could be arrested on suspicion of committing war crimes.

Killer in the Commons: IRA man Patrick Magee planted the Brighton bomb. Now he's invited to talk to MPs... about forgiveness
The IRA terrorist who planted the Brighton bomb to blow up the Conservative Cabinet has been invited to the Houses of Parliament to talk about 'forgiveness'.

Barack Obama cancels meeting with Dalai Lama 'to keep China happy'
President Barack Obama has refused to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington this week in a move to curry favour with the Chinese.

Life & Death

Living wills case could lead to 'assisted suicide by backdoor'
The case of Kerrie Wooltorton who used a 'living will' to order doctors not to save her life when she deliberately poisoned herself could lead to assisted suicide by the back door, a psychiatrist has warned.

US court halts execution of Ohio inmate
A federal appeals court today halted the execution of an inmate three weeks after problems with a lethal injection attempt.

Community & Family

Social services deemed 'unfit' to protect city's needy children
A damning report into Birmingham's children's services following a series of child deaths has exposed serious management failings in an organisation hampered by high levels of sick leave and excessive red tape.

Ecology & Environment

Floods put India's harvest in jeopardy
Millions of people have been forced from their homes in what officials in India describe as some of the country's worst flooding for a century in areas that were recently suffering from severe drought.

Economy & Politics

Get set to retire at 66: Tories announce longer working life to fill Labour's financial black hole
The Tories will raise the retirement age to 66 if they win power to pay for Gordon Brown's spending spree and plug the black hole in Britain's finances.

Globalisation & Development

£30m UK aid to stop Africa famine - Exclusive
The Government will announce the money today following the worst drought in the East African state since Bob Geldof gathered stars for the Band Aid song Do They Know It's Christmas 25 years ago.

Race & Identity

Anton Du Beke should be sacked after Paki comment, say anti-racism campaigners
The BBC was last night facing furious demands to sack Strictly’s Anton Du Beke after it was revealed he called his dance partner “a P***”.

Sex & Gender

Comment: Gay Muslims need support
Discrimination based on sexuality is as wrong as that based on religion. The Muslim Council of Great Britain can take a lead.

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