Press Roundup Thursday 12 August 2010

By Press Office
August 12, 2010

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:

Mark Harper backs first-past-the-post: meet the man reshaping our politics
Eurosceptic minister charged with referendum on electoral reform personally opposes a switch to alternative voting

Straw backs Miliband in leadership race
David Miliband's hopes of being elected leader of the Labour Party were boosted yesterday when he was given the backing of Jack Straw.
Labour leadership contenders challenged to forgo payoffs
Four Labour leadership candidates have refused to disclose whether they took severance payments of around £20,000 on leaving office, after being challenged to forgo them.

Cameron accused of hampering Pakistan flood aid effort with terror criticism
David Cameron’s attack on Pakistan’s approach to tackling terrorism is hampering aid efforts for the flood-stricken country, a senior official claimed last night.

Peace & War:

US 'on target' to withdraw troops from Iraq despite military misgivings
The US has insisted it is on target to end combat operations in Iraq despite warnings from the country's top army officer that native troops will not be ready to take control for another decade.

Religion & Society:

Vatican rejects resignations of bishops accused of Irish cover-up
The Vatican has rejected the resignations of two Irish auxiliary bishops following their reported involvement in the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up of child abuse.

Nuns accuse banks in $5m lawsuit
Germany's Deutsche Bank and US investment bank Morgan Stanley are facing a $5m lawsuit led by a group of Irish nuns

Community & Family:

High stress 'delays pregnancy'
A scientific study has shown for the first time that high stress levels may delay pregnancy.

Education & Culture:

International GSCE offer rejected by majority of state schools
Only 16 schools so far registered to teach the O-Level-style qualifications from September

State schools keen to sign up for old-style exams
The number of state schools considering ditching GCSEs in favour of an exam based on traditional O-level principles which eschews coursework in favour of traditional end-of-term testing has tripled in the past couple of months.

Students face clearing shortage
University places available through clearing look set to be in short supply after A-level results next week.

Is it time for radical solutions when it comes to getting poorer students into top universities?
Andrew Seaton, 22, is one of a rare breed – an ambitious student from a deprived background, with four grade As at A-level, who has just completed his first year at Oxford University.

Crime & Justice:

Warning over youth reoffending
Children and young people are being locked up in secure accommodation more than 200 miles away from their families, according to a damning report on the care of the youngest offenders.

Life & Death:

Breast cancer death rates dive in UK
Deaths from breast cancer have fallen faster in the UK than in any other major European country over the past two decades – but the benefits have not been equally shared by all women.

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