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Korea: Thousands protest against abortion

Korea: Thousands protest against abortion

by: UCAnews in World Issues,

Participants urged the government to abolish Article 14 of the Mother and Child Health Act, which was passed in 1973, saying the clause encourages women to have abortions. According to Article 14, abortion can be performed in cases of pregnancy by rape or incest, certain kinds of genetic, mental, or physical conditions, or danger to the mother’s health. 

Cardinal O'Brien accuses David Cameron of 'immoral' tax stance

Cardinal O'Brien accuses David Cameron of 'immoral' tax stance

by: David Miller - BBC Scotland in World Issues,

"They should change their policy and implement the Robin Hood tax immediately so that the banks and financial institutions start paying their fair share to help those hit hardest by this crisis." The cardinal was speaking in support of a campaign by the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF). The aid agency estimates a tax of 0.05% on major financial transactions, such as the trading of stocks, bonds and derivatives, would raise £20bn each year in the UK alone.

The Observatory's Report on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians

The Observatory's Report on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians

by: Observatory's Report in World Issues,

This report portrays the most important developments with regard to freedom of religion, the most striking cases of intolerance and discrimination throughout Europe – and what individuals and institutions say about it. The report includes several statistics as well as analysis of the meaning of freedom of religion in the European context.

Church leaders ready to fight for traditional marriage

Church leaders ready to fight for traditional marriage

by: Robert Pigott Religious affairs correspondent, BBC in World Issues,
There have been some powerful, even outspoken, criticisms of the government's plans to introduce gay marriage, but it is the softer-spoken critics to whom ministers may be paying most attention.A letter written by the two archbishops representing London's Roman Catholics - to be read in churches this weekend - alerts churchgoers to a potential future political fight to preserve traditional marriage.
International Women's Day

International Women's Day

by: Department of Public Information - United Nations in World Issues,

International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day.

Seventy per cent of World Population Live in Countries with High Restrictions on Religious Beliefs

Seventy per cent of World Population Live in Countries with High Restrictions on Religious Beliefs

by: Silvano M. Tomasi C.S - V.I.S in World Issues,

"Terrorist attacks on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia increased 309 per cent between 2003 and 2010. Approximately 70 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries with high restrictions on religious beliefs and practices, and religious minorities pay the highest price". 

Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O'Brien clashes with David Cameron on same-sex marriage plans

Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O'Brien clashes with David Cameron on same-sex marriage plans

by: Patrick Hennessy, and Edward Malnick - The Telegraph in World Issues,

The Catholic Church is on a collision course with David Cameron as one of its most senior figures issues an outspoken attack on the Government over its plans to legalise gay marriage. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, says the proposals to allow same-sex unions are “madness” and a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”.

Google Is Watching You

Google Is Watching You

by: Catherine Holahan in World Issues,

Digital privacy advocate and secret smoker Kevin Bankston was outed on Google's Street View. So, what else does the Internet know about us?  Government agencies in the U.S. and overseas are taking notice. The European Union's Data Protection Working Party has heavily criticized Google's retention of search data.

Christians and Muslims a year since the start of the Arab spring

Christians and Muslims a year since the start of the Arab spring

by: Samir Khalil Samir - AsiaNews in World Issues,

The Arab uprising spread like wildfire and every Arab country felt its effects. However, the changes must be seen against the backdrop of the Islamist rise to power. Christians are afraid but must cooperate with Muslims. Syria’s case and the bishops’ reaction are a case in point. The West is confused and Obama discredited. A year on, here is a review of what happened in the Arab world.

Climate talks in Durban end with late deal

Climate talks in Durban end with late deal

by: Richard Black - BBC in World Issues,

UN climate talks have closed with an agreement that the chair said had "saved tomorrow, today".The European Union will place its current emission-cutting pledges inside the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol, a key demand of developing countries. Talks on a new legal deal covering all countries will begin next year and end by 2015, coming into effect by 2020. 

College dropouts 'anxious to work'

College dropouts 'anxious to work'

by: Sanchia Berg - BBC in World Issues,

The number of young people who apply for college places but fail to enrol has risen, according to research by the Association of Colleges. Some are worried that they would "waste" a couple of years in college and then find it hard to get any job at all, given the youth unemployment, so they would rather just get started.

BBC constrained by need to avoid political bias, admits Lord Patten

BBC constrained by need to avoid political bias, admits Lord Patten

by: Amelia Hill - The Guardian in World Issues,

In a speech given at the Society of Editors' annual conference on Sunday, Patten said: "As a publicly funded broadcaster whose output is so directly intrusive, there are some areas where we ought to be particularly careful in our journalism or even decline to follow where newspapers or online journalism may properly lead," he said.

Crowded Earth: how many is too many?

Crowded Earth: how many is too many?

by: Marlowe Hood and Richard Ingham | AFP in World Issues,

 On October 31, the world's population is officially scheduled to hit seven billion -- a rise of two billion in less than a quarter century. Over six decades, the global fertility rate has roughly halved, and amounts to a statistical 2.5 children per woman today. "Despite alarmist predictions, historical increases in population have not been economically catastrophic," notes David Bloom, a professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard.