Press Roundup Wednesday 20 January 2010

By Press Office
January 20, 2010

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, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Religion & Society

Pope Benedict XVI 'will not repeat’ symbolic journey to Canterbury
Pope Benedict XVI will not go to Canterbury when he makes his historic visit to this country later this year, Mandrake hears.

Vatican investigates Pope Pius XII 'miracle'
The Vatican is investigating an alleged miracle that could put Pope Pius XII just one step away from sainthood.

Appeal on BA cross ban ruling
Devout Christian Nadia Eweida is appealing a ruling that cleared British Airways of discrimination when they banned her from wearing a cross at work.

Comment: Muslims know a fatwa can support peace rather than terrorism
The majority of right-minded Muslims in the world condemn terrorism and accept that it has no link with Islam.

Comment: The media's trouble with religion
In the British media, almost uniquely out-of-touch with the world of religion, sneering is too often a poor substitute for analysis.

Comment: Common sense and a crucifix
The case of BA employee Nadia Eweida and her crucifix gives us an important principle: don't worship the regulations.

Globalisation & Development

Thousands of U.S. troops flood Haiti as international relief effort gains momentum
U.S. military helicopters swooped down on Haiti's wrecked presidential palace to deploy troops and supplies on Tuesday as a huge international relief operation to earthquake survivors gained momentum.

Desperation amid quake aid logjam
The world still cannot get enough food and water to the hungry and thirsty, one week after an earthquake shattered Haiti's capital.

GSK offers to share data to help fight malaria fight
GlaxoSmithKline is to take the unprecedented step of sharing its scientific data and laboratories in an effort to wipe out tropical diseases.

Afghans paid '£1.5bn in bribes'
Afghans paid out more than £1.5 billion in bribes to public officials in the past year, a report has said.

Peace & War

Hoon: Brown is to blame for Army shortages
Gordon Brown withheld funds demanded by the armed forces in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq, it was revealed yesterday.

Ministry of Defence orders 'Bible guns' for soldiers in Afghanistan
Hundreds of gun sights ordered for British troops in Afghanistan are inscribed with coded biblical references, it has emerged.

Nigeria fights to restore calm after days of riots
Nearly 150 Nigerians have been killed and dozens injured in three days of clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs in the central city of Jos, where police imposed a 24-hour curfew.

Community & Family

Parties battle over family values
Labour and the Conservatives will do battle over family values again with the Government pledging greater legal rights for grandparents.

Comment: We can't afford not to strengthen marriage
It is quite understandable that couples should feel that whether they get married or not is nothing to do with politicians.

Education & Culture

Many schools 'still segregated' by race
Schools in England’s most diverse towns and cities are still segregated along racial lines, despite a high-profile Government drive to break down ethnic barriers, according to research.

Comment: Protecting teachers from faith schools
The equality bill must prevent faith schools from hiring, paying, promoting and dismissing teachers on the basis of their beliefs.

Sex & Gender

Nepal 'to stage gay weddings on Everest'
Nepal is set to stage same-sex weddings on Mount Everest as part of a bid to promote the country as the homosexual tourism capital of Asia.

Comment: China's gay rights revolution
Despite periodic state crackdowns, increasing education and debate are bringing China's gay community out of the shadows.

Crime & Justice

Tories pledge better protection for Good Samaritans
'Good Samaritans' who intervene to prevent crimes or catch offenders will be protected from prosecution, the Tories pledged yesterday.

Ecology & Environment

Roof-mounted wind turbines ‘no help in reducing carbon’
Roof-mounted wind turbines and solar panels are “eco-bling” that allow their owners to flaunt their green credentials but contribute very little towards meeting Britain’s carbon reduction targets, according to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Economy & Politics

Peers who fail to pay taxes could face jail
Peers who fail to pay tax in this country could be expelled from the House of Lords and even jailed under plans to be debated by MPs next week.

People & Power

British oil workers kidnapped in Nigeria are free
Three British oil workers abducted in Nigeria were freed last night, police said.

Race & Identity

Now women in burkhas face losing benefits and a bus ban
Women who wear a full-body burkha should be banned from using public transport or receiving state handouts, a French government spokesman said yesterday.

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