Press Roundup Thursday 19 August 2010

By Press Office
August 19, 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:

Exclusive: Obama's pledge to close down Guantanamo is 'not even close'
Commander says camp will take months to shut – and he's still waiting for the order

David Cameron accused of breaking his promise on cutting middle-class benefits
David Cameron was accused of ‘an outrageous broken promise’ over plans to slash middle-class benefits yesterday.

Too many middle class students at university, says Clegg (who went to private school and hails from a VERY wealthy family)
Nick Clegg has attacked middle class dominance of university places, denouncing what he called 'educational apartheid' on the eve of the A-level results.

Peace & War:

Attorney General will step in to end speculation over David Kelly death
The Attorney General has signalled that he is prepared to intervene in the controversy over the death of Dr David Kelly, admitting that those who doubted his suicide “may have a valid point”.

Last US combat brigade exits Iraq
The last US combat brigade in Iraq has left the country, seven years after the US-led invasion.

Religion & Society:

Catholic adoption agency loses bid to bar gay parents from service
Catholic Care sought exclusion from the 2007 sexual orientation regulations on grounds of religious beliefs

Pope Benedict 'likely' to meet abuse victims
Church source involved in drawing up pontiff's itinerary for September visit to UK would be 'surprised if it didn't happen', given gaps in schedule

Oxford University lecturer loses 'Christian discrimination' claim
A lecturer at an Oxford University centre for Jewish studies was not discriminated against after she converted to Christianity, an employment judge has ruled

Pope Benedict XVI will meet Harriet Harman during UK visit
The Pope will meet Harriet Harman during his historic visit to Britain next month, having strongly criticised the equality laws passed by Labour earlier this year.

Community & Family:

Education & Culture:

A-level results: new A* grade for top students
Almost 65,000 A-level entries are expected to be awarded an elite A* grade for the first time today following the biggest overhaul of the examinations system in a decade.

Education reform loses favour with voters, poll finds
Education reforms by the coalition Government have lost support from voters, a survey has found.

Sex & Gender:

Equal pay for women not likely till 2067, says research
Chartered Management Institute data shows that gender wage differential still wide – 40 years after equal pay laws

Crime & Justice:

New anti-terror laws could see religious and political groups banned: Liberty
Human rights group welcomes overhaul, but warns new measures erode civil liberties and risk tacitly condoning torture

Police losing fight against new drugs and legal highs
Coalition ministers wanted to ban substances as soon as they came on to the market but were told by senior drugs advisers this would be unenforceable.

Ecology & Environment:

Life & Death:

People & Power:

Benefits review 'shocking betrayal' says Labour
Labour has condemned government plans to review universal welfare payments such as child benefit and the winter fuel allowance, which could be frozen.

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