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Ex-homophobe walks 160 miles as ‘repentance’ for his intolerance

A Christian activist is about to complete a 160-mile walk as repentance for his former homophobia. Symon Hill says he also wants to encourage the church to support equality.

Pakistan said to be embarrassed over Bin Laden intelligence gaffe

Pakistan has admitted that it is embarrassed by the intelligence failure that allowed authorities there to not be aware of Osama Bin Laden’s presence in the country.

Religious leaders soft-pedal on celebrating death of Bin Laden

Religious leaders have reacted more soberly to the reported assassination of Osama Bin Laden, with one saying that to rejoice in his death “carries an irony that I hope will not be lost on us.”

Growing pressure on Facebook after political accounts disappeared

Activists are refusing to accept Facebook’s “explanation” of why a number of “political” accounts disappeared from its pages. Facebook said it was because its tools try to remove apparently fake accounts.

Civil-liberties concerns follow arrests before UK royal wedding

A British religious think tank is raising civil-liberties concerns after a number of arrests were made in Britain just days before the wedding today of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

UK campaign using Internet to create hung parliament

An Internet campaign using social media such as Twitter and Facebook is being launched in the UK today with the specific intention of preventing any one party from governing the country.

Religions welcome same-sex ceremonies on their premises

Religious groups in the United Kingdom have welcomed a new law that will allow them to use their premises for same-sex “marriage” ceremonies.

Help to reform lawmaking chamber, UK bishops urged

Anglican bishops in Britain are being urged to take a leading role in reforming the country’s upper legislative chamber, the House of Lords.

Food-aid misappropriation claim a lie, says eyewitness

An eyewitness humanitarian worker has rejected a claim that aid agency funds were misused in Tigray during the Ethiopian famine in 1984–5.

Religious group wants wide-ranging reform of marriage law

A UK religious think tank wants wide-ranging reform of marriage law. The call follows a move to legally recognise same-sex partnership ceremonies carried out by religious groups and institutions – currently not allowed under British law.

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