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Churches campaign for abolition of Trident ahead of Peacemaking Sunday

As diplomatic initiatives gather pace to build a framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world, three British Churches are reiterating their call for the abolition of Trident. The call comes in advance of Peacemaking Sunday, which falls on 21 September this year.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

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Scotland: towards a more just and fair society

"Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage; Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain the way they are."

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

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We trust the big banks caught fiddlinga but not the people?

One of the big last-ditch Scottish referendum pitches by the three dominant Westminster parties and their friends in the City of London is to appeal to voters to reject self-government and instead accept the opinion and sway of the giant transnational banks - the likes of Goldman Sachs, J P Morgan and Deutsche Bank. The idea that institutions which helped create a massive global financial crash through speculation are to be trusted implicitly in their view that Scotland - one of the most resource-rich countries in Europe - would be face some kind of cataclysm if it was allowed to elect a parliament it voted for and make decisions for itself is truly extraordinary.

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Fri Sep 12, 2014

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Deepen understanding of sexuality, KwaZulu Natal Declaration urges

In Africa and beyond, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are often persecuted. Over thirty African religious leaders, scholars and members of civil society issued a KwaZulu Natal Declaration opposing violence and misinformation.

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UK Government changes story again on destruction of renditions evidence

A British minister has today admitted that a number of records relating to flights passing through the island of Diego Garcia - which is known to have been used by CIA rendition jets - have been "damaged [by water] to the point of no longer being useful." The Government first informed Parliament that flight records for Diego Garcia were "incomplete due to water damage" on 8 July this year.

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London Fashion Week protest for garment workers

Protesters will today take action to mark the opening of London Fashion week with the message "Don't mention the garment workers". Activists are highlighting an event which, they say, promotes the creativity of the UK's fashion industry, but is silent over the millions of workers who produce clothes for high street chains, often working long hours on poverty pay in unsafe conditions.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

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Amazon Indian leaders shot dead by suspected illegal loggers

Four Asheninka Indian leaders, renowned for their work against illegal logging in the Amazon, have been murdered near their home in eastern Peru. Edwin Chota, Jorge Rios Perez, Leoncio Quinticima Melendez and Francisco Pinedo were traveling from their community of Saweto on the Peruvian border to attend a meeting with other indigenous leaders in Brazil.

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Wed Sep 10, 2014

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Big rise in number of unions reaching out to LGBT workers

Half of all Trades Union Congress affiliated unions are running targeted recruitment campaigns at LGBT workers, an increase from 38 per cent of unions in 2011, according to the 2014 Equality Audit published yesterday . The audit, which this year looks at the steps unions are taking to ensure they reflect the diversity of the workforces they represent, examines union structures, union reps and targeted recruitment campaigns.

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New report reveals abuses and war crimes by pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces

In a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kiev today on 8 September, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty urged the Ukrainian government to stop abuses and war crimes by volunteer battalions operating alongside regular Ukrainian armed forces. Salil Shetty said: "The Ukrainian authorities must not replicate the lawlessness and abuses that have prevailed in areas previously held by separatists.

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Research shows 3.4 million households on financial 'cliff edge'

More than 3 million households across the UK are living on a knife-edge where a small drop in income could cost them their home, new figures from the housing and homelessness charity Shelter revealed yesterday The analysis of government data, made by the University of St Andrews, on behalf of Shelter, found that one in eight households in the UK are surviving on low incomes while paying unaffordable housing costs , putting them under huge financial pressure. The research paints a picture of families pushed close to breaking point, says Shelter, with further statistics showing that more than one in 10 working families in England have had to sell possessions to cover their housing costs.

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Tue Sep 09, 2014

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Missionary contacts highly vulnerable Amazon tribe

A highly vulnerable uncontacted tribe in Peru's southeastern Amazon has been contacted by a missionary, raising fears that the Indians have contracted fatal diseases which could wipe them out. According to local reports, an Adventist missionary from a local indigenous community arrived on a boat - owned by tour company Expediciones Vilca - and left clothes and food for the uncontacted Mashco-Piro Indians on the border with the Manu National Park.

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Rethink Trident campaign launches

The speakers include Caroline Lucas MP, Katharine Hamnett , Diane Abbott MP, John Hilary and CND General Secretary Kate Hudson. Members of this alliance against Trident replacement include Russell Brand, CND, Thom Yorke, CWU, Annie Lennox, Frankie Boyle, War on Want, Vivienne Westwood, and many more politicians, celebrities, religious figures and civil society actors.

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LGBTI Anglican Coalition supports Church of England's Shared Conversations

The College of Bishops of the Church of England will meet for two days from 15 to 17 September to contunue the process of Shared Conversations on Sexuality, Scripture and Mission. The LGBTI Anglican Coalition has welcomed this first step and says its members will be praying for a successful outcome to the meeting.

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Drone firms bought influence at NATO summit, says Reprieve

Arms companies which provide key components for the drones used by the US to carry out secret strikes in violation of international law bought access to last week's NATO summit, research by legal charity Reprieve has found. - General Dynamics, manufacturer of the Hellfire missiles used in the vast majority of drone strikes.

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Mon Sep 08, 2014

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New report reveals sexual abuse by African Union Soldiers in Somalia

Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today . Troop-contributing countries, the African Union , and donors to AMISOM should urgently address these abuses and strengthen procedures inside Somalia to seek justice, says the charity.

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Rotherham, 'political correctness' and child protection

There has been widespread anger since an inquiry revealed that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham from 1997-2013. Yet many adults in Britain are still in denial about the extent and seriousness of child sexual abuse.

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Tortured British student faces verdict in UAE appeal

A verdict is expected today in the appeal by a British student against his conviction in Sharjah, UAE, which was based on a 'confession' extracted from him through torture. Ahmad Zeidan, from Berkshire, was arrested on 13 December 2013 in the Emirate of Sharjah, which borders Dubai.

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Sun Sep 07, 2014

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Yes or No, the UK will change for ever on 19 September

Whatever the result announced on the morning of 19 September, the constituent countries of the United Kingdom will never be the same again. The poll published yesterday , which for the first time, placed the Yes campaign in the lead, produced a flurry of activity and comment on both sides of the debate.

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Half the workforce think employers can afford a pay rise, says TUC

Half the workforce think that their employer can afford better pay rises than those they have given to staff, with only 16 per cent disagreeing, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Trades Union Congress to mark the start of Congress 2014 today . Among private sector workers, the figure rises to 56 per cent who agree and decreases to 13 per cent who disagree.

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Sat Sep 06, 2014

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Private health care and the NHS.

A parasite lives off its host, taking what it needs, contributing little or nothing, and often causing harm. It could be said that the private health care industry is a now a parasite on the NHS.

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