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A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced daily by George Fitzherbert-Brockholes, and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids
Economy & Politics:
David Cameron ‘misspeaks’ by claiming Iran has bomb
David Cameron has been accused of being a "foreign policy klutz" after he mistakenly claimed that Iran possessed a nuclear weapon.
Pakistan's president Asif Ali Zardari meets British MPs in low-key UK visit
Asif Ali Zardari holds talks amid criticism over decision to go ahead with UK trip despite growing crisis after floods at home
Budget 'could hit women hardest': Osborne's cuts risk breaking equality law, says May
Home Secretary Theresa May issued an extraordinary warning that the Government’s emergency Budget ran a ‘real risk’ of breaking equality laws, it has emerged.
Religion & Society:
Anger after Salisbury Cathedral Constables 'scrapped to save money'
Wealthy residents living near Salisbury Cathedral have complained that the decision to ditch an ancient order of special ecclesiastical constables who have guarded the area for centuries will leave them at the mercy of "feral youths"
Our dangerous dalliance with radical Islam
Whitehall's support only puts us at greater risk from the religious revolutionaries, says Andrew Gilligan.
Community & Family:
Miscarriage boosts chance of healthy next pregnancy
Those who conceive again within six months of a miscarriage have the best chances of having a healthy pregnancy with the lowest complication rates. They are also far less likely to go on and have another miscarriage, a study has found.
So there are now 10,000 centenarians in Britain? This ageing business is getting out of control
New statistics show that life expectancy in the UK is increasing, but we're only just waking up to the problems this causes
Education & Culture:
Local authorities threaten legal action over axed school buildings programme
Michael Gove's decision to cancel more than 700 school building projects has prompted local authorities to take legal advice
Student bursaries becoming a 'postcode lottery'
Top universities have been accused of “greed” after spending less on student grants than many former polytechnics.
Sex & Gender:
Same-sex marriage ruling to be challenged as battle in California leads to Supreme Court in Washington
A controversial ruling backing same-sex marriages will be challenged all the way to America’s highest court, opponents pledged yesterday.
Half women will work past retirement age
NEW research has revealed that 50 per cent of women expect to work long past their retirement age as they struggle to pay the bills.
Ecology & Environment:
Councils to sell electricity to the national grid in green initiative
Town halls could become mini power stations under plans to allow councils to sell "green electricity" to the national grid.
Climate change could destroy 80 per cent of rainforest by next century
Fewer than one in five of the plants and animals which currently live in the world's rainforests will still be here in 90 years time, a study predicts.
Life & Death:
Dementia study finds almost 40% of cases could be avoided
Doctors say eradicating diabetes and depression, prolonging education and eating more fruit and vegetables would greatly reduce the amount of people affected by the condition
Stem cells used to repair boy's windpipe
Child from Northern Ireland becomes first in the world to undergo pioneering surgery at Great Ormond Street hospital
People & Power:
Children in immigration centres face deportation within weeks
Pilot scheme gives families with children facing removal a two-week ultimatum to leave the country voluntarily