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UK news

29 November 2013


The Bishop of Aston, the Rt Revd Andrew Watson, chair of the Panel for World Mission and the Anglican Communion, visits Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid

The Bishop of Aston, the Rt Revd Andrew Watson, chair of the Panel for World Mission and the Anglican Communion, visits Birmingham and Solihull Wome...

Bishops join white-ribbon campaigners

MORE than 60 bishops wore a white ribbon this week to show their support for a global campaign against gender-based violence. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The Bishop of Aston, the Rt Revd Andrew Watson, is leading the Church of England's campaign. 

Pakistani Christians denied asylum

OF THE 309 asylum claims made by Pakistani Christians to the UK between 2010 and 2013, fewer than half (126) were granted, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BCPA) has found. The figures, published on Tuesday, were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The chairman of BPCA, Wilson Chowdhry, said: "We strongly believe the proportion should be much higher, and we call on the UKBA and Home Office to better understand the situation of Christians in Pakistan." 

Cryptic crossword setter dies after a few final riddles

THE Revd John Graham, who compiled crosswords for The Guardian for more than 50 years, under the pseudonym Araucaria, died on Tuesday, aged 92. Mr Graham revealed that he was dying of cancer in a cryptic crossword in January (News, 18 January). Ordained in the Church of England in 1948, he also set crosswords for the Financial Times and the Church Times. His final crossword for The Guardian in November included clues with the solutions "time to go" and "cottage hospital". Obituary to follow.

Teach about relationships, says Children's Society

SCHOOLS and health and youth services must get better at teaching children about healthy relationships, the chief executive of the Children's Society, Matthew Reid, said on Tuesday. He spoke after the publication ofa report, If Only Someone Had Listened, by the Children's Commissioner, Maggie Atkinson, which found that young people "have a very limited understanding of how to get consent to have sex". On Tuesday, Mrs Atkinson said: "Children associated with, but not necessarily in, gangs, are subjected to appalling levels of sexual violence; pornography, to which most children are exposed, affects their behaviour, attitudes, and beliefs about sex; and too many children and young people are still being failed by the agencies charged with their protection."

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