Press Roundup Friday 13 August 2010

By Press Office
August 13, 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:

David Miliband hits it rich in leadership race as stars back Burnham and Balls
• Labour frontrunner's war chest tops £200,000?• Ken Follett and Jamie Carragher back rivals

Governments talking to dissidents: McGuinness
The British government has talked to dissident republicans in recent weeks, Martin McGuinness has told the BBC.

Peace & War:

Liam Fox - 'Radical reform' planned for MoD
Defence Secretary Liam Fox is due to set out plans to overhaul the Ministry of Defence, in a speech in London.

Community & Family:

Sons 'with fond childhood memories of fathers more stable'
Sons who have fond childhood memories of their fathers are more likely to be emotionally stable in the face of day-to-day stresses, a new study has found.

Education & Culture:

Pupils do better at school if teachers are not fixated on test results
Institute of Education study finds exam performance improves if students concentrate on learning rather than grades

Sex & Gender:

Gay marriage can go ahead in California – if no one objects, says judge
In a ruling that sets the stage for yet another showdown in a seemingly never-ending legal battle which is destined eventually to reach the Supreme Court, a judge in San Francisco has decided that same-sex weddings must be allowed to resume in California next week.

Crime & Justice:

Anti-terrorism law arrests fail to secure convictions

Just one person in eight arrested under anti-terror laws is eventually found guilty and the proportion was even lower last year, new research has disclosed.

Televised 'confession' of Iranian stoning convict causes outrage
US, UK and Amnesty protest as defence lawyer claims incriminating statement was the result of torture

Life & Death:

Patients dying because NHS ignores warnings from safety agency - report
• Poor response to 57 alerts on drug and surgery issues?• Minister says unsafe care will not be tolerated

Fears over £65bn 'NHS mortgage'
The NHS in England faces a total bill of £65bn for new hospitals built under the private finance initiative (PFI), figures obtained by the BBC indicate.

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