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Pressure piles on church to vote again on women bishops

By Aida Edemariam, The Guardian Equalities minister Maria Miller says CofE must reform and ‘act quickly’ to reflect majority Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities, has urged the Church of England to review its internal democracy, describing it as not reflective of the overwhelming views of its…

Israel slams Abbas on Gaza support ahead of UN bid

Israel slammed Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Friday for his support for Gaza following its confrontation with the Jewish state, while casting aspersions on the legitimacy of his upcoming UN statehood bid. According to Hamas, Abbas telephoned Gaza’s Hamas premier Ismail Haniya on Thursday to congratulate him “on his victory…

Film on Sudan break-up leaves footprint in history

Sudanese-born British film-maker Taghreed Elsanhouri, whose documentary about last year’s partition of Sudan premiered in her homeland on Thursday night, is leaving footprints for history. The award-winning film-maker said she wanted Sudanese to have “ownership” of their history — and by doing so to take responsibility for what happened. “Our…

One more dead, three sick with mystery virus: WHO

Another person has died of a mysterious respiratory virus and three more cases have been discovered in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the World Health Organization said Friday. “This brings the total of laboratory-confirmed cases to six,” the Geneva-based UN agency said in a statement. A Saudi man died from the…

Indian woman’s widower blasts Irish officials as new inquiry panel forms

The widower of dentist Savita Halappanavar has spoken out against Irish health officials, accusing the hospital that denied her abortion requests of erasing that fact from her medical records. Praveen Halappanavar told The Belfast Telegraph that, while requests for amenities like toast and blankets are in her file at University…

Doubts as greenhouse gas leader hosts climate meet

Qatar has much to prove in the coming days as the fossil fuel producing nation with the world’s largest per capita carbon footprint hosts the 18th UN climate change conference. Environmentalists question whether the tiny emirate has the diplomatic muscle, and more importantly, the political will, to play a positive…

Britain delays emissions cut decision to 2016

The British government’s long-awaited legislation to secure investment in low-carbon energy will not include a target to cut emissions by 2030, according to details released on Friday. After months of wrangling, the coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats reached agreement late on Thursday on…

Israel firms up security as Gaza truce takes hold

Israel restricted Palestinian access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday and kept a tight grip on security as a first death tested a hard-won truce ending fighting in and around Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party meanwhile prepared for a crunch primary Sunday amid signs its popularity…

China orders hospitals to treat HIV/AIDS patients

China has banned health institutions from withholding care to people with HIV/AIDS after an outcry over a cancer patient with the disease who was denied treatment, state media reported. The Ministry of Health issued a memo Friday ordering authorities to take steps to guarantee the right to medical treatment for…

Israel, Hamas both see gains from Gaza fight

Israel and its Hamas foes are each claiming gains from a week of fighting in and around Gaza, but analysts doubt if the army of a sovereign state can ever score a conclusive win against an irregular force rooted in its local community. “There is such a thing, but it…

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