December 29, 2008

Live webcam set up in Bethlehem for Christmas

by David Masters

An Evangelical Christian website was set up to broadcast Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem live over the internet for the first time. IPrayTV.com said it wanted to strengthen Christian ties with ‘Israel and the Holy Sites’. The group has set up a permanent webcam in the Church of the Nativity, which is built over the cave […]




December 18, 2008

Archbishop slams Brown’s economic recovery plans

by David Masters

Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has branded the credit crunch a welcome ‘reality check’ for a world whose economy is driven by unsustainable greed. The leader of the Church of England sees the economic downturn as an opportunity for Britain to return to a more sustainable society with a voluntary concern for the vulnerable and […]




December 17, 2008

Paul McCartney told Dalai Lama to turn veggie

by David Masters

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he once hit out at the Dalai Lama for choosing to eat meat. Sir Paul wrote to the leader of Tibetan Buddhism insisting that meat eaters cause suffering to animals. His letter pointed out that this contradicts the Buddhist belief that no one should cause suffering to […]




Belfast police investigate sectarian attack

by David Masters

Police in Northern Ireland are investigating a violent assault on a 27 year man in Belfast. At 8.30pm on Monday evening five masked men, one of whom may have had a gun, forced their way into the man’s flat, tied him up, beat him, and ransacked the property. They then dragged the man out to […]




December 16, 2008

British missionaries jailed in Gambia

by David Masters

Two British missionaries arrested and charged with sedition in Gambia are due to make a court appearance. David Fulton, 60, from Ayrshire, Scotland, and his 46-year-old wife Fiona, from Devon, were arrested in the African country two weeks ago on the accusation that they sought to undermine the Gambian government. Mr Fulton had been working […]




December 11, 2008

Right-wing Christians protest ‘blasphemous’ Welsh poet

by David Masters

Around 250 conservative Christians demonstrated outside the Welsh Assembly today in protest against a poetry reading in the building. The protesters gathered in Cardiff Bay as poet Patrick Jones prepared to read some of his work to Assembly Members (AMs). Jones was invited to give the reading by 2 AMs, and the reading went ahead […]




December 9, 2008

Pro-life campaigners lose hybrid-embryo case

by David Masters

Christian campaigners have lost a High Court case in which they challenged the right of university researchers to create hybrid embryos that combine cells from animals and humans. Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE) and the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) were denied their request to bring a test case on the issue for judicial review. The […]




December 8, 2008

China shuns EU for meeting with Dalai Lama

by David Masters

China has strongly condemned French President Nicolas Sarkozy for meeting with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Chinese officials said the meeting was a rude intervention and represented gross interference into Chinese affairs. China’s deputy foreign minister He Yafei said the meeting undermined the political foundations of good relations between Europe and China. France […]




December 4, 2008

Kurdish journalist jailed for homosexuality article

by David Masters

A Kurdish journalist in Iraq has been jailed for six months after publishing an article on homosexuality. At a court in Irbil, northern Iraq, Doctor Adel Hussein was awarded the jail sentence and fined 125,000 dinars (£72) on the accusation of ‘offending public decency’. The article in question explained the physical effects of homosexual sex […]




December 3, 2008

Israeli settlers rampage in Hebron

by David Masters

Israeli settlers in the Palestinian city of Hebron continued to riot yesterday, clashing with Israeli soldiers and local Palestinians. The violent rampage broke out when the rumour spread among settlers that a disputed settler apartment block was about to be evicted. Hundreds of settlers surrounded the building, throwing stones at any Palestinians or Israeli forces […]




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