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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 and Guardian.
Community & Family
“Number of adopted children returned to care has doubled in five years” - The number of adopted children who have been returned to care homes because their new parents cannot cope with them has doubled in the past five years.
“Motherhood 'devastates' women's pay, research finds” - Women with children earn about 22 per cent less than their male colleagues, according to a new report that explores the "devastating" impact of motherhood on earnings.
COMMENT: “Why is marriage on the rocks?” - The Tories are proposing matrimonial tax breaks, but saving the institution from decline will take a more complex set of answers.
Crime & Justice
“Case studies: The defendant and the solicitor” - *"People are just fobbed off" says a defendant frustrated at delays which sent him home from court for a third time.
“Magistrates angry over cuts as on-the-spot fines replace court hearings” - Magistrates are angry that they are being made to carry the brunt of cuts because their workload is being diverted away from the courts.
“Further evidence that Pakistan tortured suspects for Britain” - Human Rights Watch says Pakistani intelligence officials have confirmed torture took place with full knowledge of British agents.
Ecology & Environment
“G8 summit: Barack Obama says world can close the carbon emissions gap” - Barack Obama said today there was still time to overcome cynicism and close the gap with developing powers on climate change, after slow progress towards an agreement on how to cut carbon emissions across the planet.
“Global warming shrinks glacier at alarming rate” - One of the world's largest glaciers, on the west coast of Greenland, is shrinking at an alarming rate as a result of global warming - with potentially dire consequences.
“Most Americans don't believe humans responsible for climate change, study finds” - In contrast, scientists overwhelmingly believe global warming is caused by human activity.
LETTER: “ExxonMobil is not a climate change denier” - 'We have the same concerns as everyone on energy and greenhouse gas emissions', says Nick Thomas.
Economy & Politics
“MPs' second incomes kept under wraps” - Key details of MPs' outside earnings remained a secret last night, despite new rules designed to boost transparency in Westminster coming into force.
“*BNP struggling to make friends in Brussels” - *The British National Party's first two Euro-MPs are finding it increasingly hard to win friends and influence people in Europe.
Education & Culture
“Segregation in schools fuelled by 'white flight', report warns” - Schools in parts of England are becoming increasingly segregated, deserted by white parents if they find their children becoming outnumbered by pupils from ethnic minorities, a report by a think-tank set up to promote community cohesion has warned.
Globalisation & Development
“G8 Summit: $15 billion aid pledge for developing countries” - International leaders are expected today to pledge $15 billion to boost agricultural production in developing countries in a radical aid shift designed to help them to feed themselves and export to the world.
“G8: Scenes of quake disaster and then a taste of luxury on L'Aquila menu” - World leaders prepared for talks on food security and the threat of starvation facing millions by eating a six-course meal featuring truffles and a different wine to match each course.
LETTER: “G8 should seize initiative and listen to the Pope” - G8 has the potential to start global initiatives and improve the lives of the world’s poorest people.
Life & Death
“One child in Britain 'is killed like Baby Peter every week'” - A study reveals how signs of violence and abuse are routinely missed by GPs, social workers and police. Cahal Milmo reports on Britain's betrayed children.
Catholics call for "compassion" over suicide
Catholic Church eases suicide stance
Catholics promote a compassionate view of suicide (God won’t condemn those driven by despair, say bishops)
The Metro: Church softens its approach to suicide
Peace & War
“Trident added to G8 Summit disarmament deal by Gordon Brown” - Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent could be thrown into a world disarmament deal after President Obama called yesterday for the biggest summit to stop the spread of atomic weapons.
“UN: Gaza war rubble will take a year to clear” - Palestinian workers will need one year to clear half a million tons of concrete rubble from Gaza Strip districts bombed and bulldozed by the Israel Defence Forces during its 22-day offensive in January, the United Nations said on Thursday.
“Tamil death toll ‘is 1,400 a week’ at Manik Farm camp in Sri Lanka” - About 1,400 people are dying every week at the giant Manik Farm internment camp set up in Sri Lanka to detain Tamil refugees from the nation’s bloody civil war, senior international aid sources have told The Times.
Religion & Society
“Catholic Church shifts stance on suicides” - The Catholic Church today shifted its stance on suicide stating those who kill themselves should be regarded with compassion rather than blamed.
“Pilgrims flock to tree 'showing image of Virgin Mary' in Limerick” - It has been 14 years since her last major apparition in Ireland but the Virgin Mary is back and this time in the lowly form of a tree stump in Limerick.
Bigger than the Pope
Sex & Gender
“'Free speech' defeats incitement laws” - Peers defeated the Government's attempt to overturn a "free speech" defence to the law on homophobic hatred.
“Law will let Afghan husbands starve wives who withhold sex” - An Afghan law which legalised rape has been sent back to parliament with a clause letting husbands starve their wives if they refuse to have sex.Tweet