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An African Scandal?

Christian Aid presents An African Scandal? – a series of events addressing the issue of unfair trade and African poverty.

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Block new coal power station

January 03 2008 - International development agency Christian Aid today called on the Government to impose a moratorium on the building of any new, conventional coal-fired power station in the UK following council approval for the first such station for almost quarter of a century.

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Bush's Middle East statement

January 11 2008 - Christian Aid has welcomed US President George Bush’s statement on the Middle East calling for ‘an end to the occupation that began in 1967.’

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Christian Aid calls for political will to end crisis in Kenya

Christian Aid is calling on political leaders in Kenya to focus on ending the violence which has swept the country since the elections last December 27. Unless the violence stops, it will be impossible to find a durable solution to the political crisis.

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Christian Aid condemns Israel's blockade of Gaza

The breach of the border between Gaza and Egypt demonstrates the desperation of a people held hostage to both a policy of collective punishment and an inadequate peace process, says Christian Aid.

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Christian Aid partner wins top UN award

29 January 2008 -Christian Aid congratulates Dr Atiq Rahman, head of one of our Bangladeshi partner organisations, for winning a prestigious UN environmental award.

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Civilian cost of Lanka's new war

Civilians will bear the brunt of increasing violence, Christian Aid warns, following the Sri Lankan government's official withdrawal from a ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Kenya: Christian Aid relief efforts

January 07 2008 - Christian Aid staff and partner organisations are stepping up relief efforts to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis in Kenya following recent unrest there.

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Kenyan religious leaders unite for peace

January 25 2008 - Religious leaders in Kenya, are working together to try to find a solution to the crisis which has engulfed Kenya since the general election of December 27, 2007.

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Boost for climate bill campaign

January 31 2008 - Christian Aid's campaign to strengthen the Climate Change Bill has received a big boost after peers moved an amendment to make UK companies report on their carbon emissions.

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Christian Aid lifer awarded MBE

Christian Aid would like to congratulate Dr Roy Barry who was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to Christian Aid.

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UK must challenge 'damaging' EU trade deals

Christian Aid is calling on the British Government to push for a comprehensive review of 'serious, damaging flaws' in trade agreements forced upon a number of developing countries in recent weeks by the European Union.

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Uneasy calm in Kenya

Uneasy calm in Kenya

Uneasy calm in Kenya

United Biscuits cuts its carbon

January 17 2008 - Christian Aid applauds the new package of environmental measures announced by the UK’s largest biscuit manufacturer which will substantially cut its carbon emissions and reduce its use of water and packaging.

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£100m towards our 'carbon debt' a welcome first step

February 8 2008 - Government plans to spend £100 million over the next five years helping poorer countries deal with the impact of global warming is a welcome acknowledgement of the 'carbon debt' industrialised countries owe the developing world, says international development agency Christian Aid.

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Documentary follows John Keane's journey to Angola

February 18 2008 - The television documentary Angola in the Frame premieres on Community Channel on March 5 2008 at 21.00. The programme follows renowned war artist John Keane on his journey to the African country, meeting local people and gaining inspiration for the series of 11 new paintings commissioned by Christian Aid.

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Christian Aid calls for political will to end crisis in Kenya

February 1 2008 - Christian Aid is calling on political leaders in Kenya to focus on ending the violence which has swept the country since the elections last December 27. Unless the violence stops, it will be impossible to find a durable solution to the political crisis.

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Gaza blockade set to worsen after court ruling

February 5 2008 - The humanitarian situation in Gaza is set to worsen after a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court, supported by Christian Aid partners, failed to stop the government from stepping up its blockade of fuel supplies and power into the territory.

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Major quake hits East Africa's Great Lakes region

February 4 2008 - Christian Aid is working with the UN to assess the needs of the people of East Africa's Great Lakes region after it was struck by a major earthquake leaving 39 people dead.

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New global volunteer scheme

February 29 2008 -Christian Aid has been chosen as a key partner of a new British government-backed global volunteering scheme for disadvantaged 18-to 25-year-olds

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Valentine's message with a difference for MPs

February 13 2008 - MPs and members of the House of Lords are being urged to show their love for the planet this Valentine’s Day by campaigners concerned that the UK Climate Change Bill currently being debated in Parliament is not tough enough to tackle global warming.

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Blur star joins Christian Aid campaign

14 March 2008 - Alex James, farmer, writer, broadcaster and former Blur band member, is joining forces with international development agency Christian Aid to help highlight the plight of farmers on the frontline of climate change in developing countries at the Royal Show (3-6July) at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

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Budget a ‘missed opportunity’

March 12 2008 - This budget was a missed opportunity for the government to show that it is serious about addressing the problem of climate change, which threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions of the world's poorest people.

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Don't let climate talks end in deadlock

March 31 2008 - Rich nations urgently need to prove that they are serious about tackling global warming if developing countries are to be persuaded to cut carbon emissions too, Christian Aid is warning on the eve of the latest round of United Nations climate change talks.

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Gaza: Humanitarian situation worse since 1967

March 6 2008 - The humanitarian situation in Gaza is worse now than it’s been at any time since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967, according to a new report published by a coalition of leading humanitarian and human rights organisations.

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Get into Quizaid this Christian Aid week

March 19 2008 - This year during Christian Aid Week (11-17 May 2008) thousands of people across the country will be taking part in Quizaid on Friday 16 May in their homes, workplaces and local pubs and clubs to help raise thousands of pounds for Christian Aid’s vital overseas development projects.

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Kingsnorth plea exposes energy shambles

March 31 2008 - The announcement that energy company E.ON is seeking the postponement of any decision about Kingsnorth power station exposes the government’s ‘shambolic’ thinking over meeting Britain’s future energy needs, says international development agency Christian Aid.

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UK listed companies to face mandatory greenhouse gas reporting

March 31 2008 - Publicly listed British companies will have to make annual declarations of their carbon emissions once the Climate Change Bill at present going through Parliament becomes law.

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Support for coal power 'shameful'

March 10 2008 - Christian Aid is dismayed at strong indications today from Secretary of State for Business John Hutton that the Government supports the building of a new generation of coal-fired power stations in Britain.

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New look website urges kids to take 'action!' on poverty

March 31 2008 - Christian Aid’s children’s website, globalgang.org, has been revamped and to mark the occasion it has today launched ‘Gang Up On Poverty!’ – a nationwide search for young, aspiring movie-makers to make a short film about what should be done to address global poverty.

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Growing tension in Zimbabwe as full election results still not declared

April 04 2008 - International development agencies, Progressio, Tearfund, Trócaire, the Foundation for Development and Partnership in Africa (FEPA), and Christian Aid warn that Zimbabwe is becoming increasingly tense as election results continue to hang in the balance.

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Christian Aid search for gospel talent of the future

April 16 2008 - Christian Aid has teamed up with Rockhill Music to launch a national competition to find new gospel talent to feature on an album launching in November 2008.

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Sierra Leone community produce HIV animations

April 30 2008 - Christian Aid has produced an album of songs and two innovative animations to help publicise its SAVE approach to HIV awareness and education in Sierra Leone.

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Christian Aid launches Burma cyclone appeal

May 6 2008 - Christian Aid has launched an appeal to help the hundreds of thousands left without shelter, food or water in Burma after Cyclone Nargis hit the country.

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South Africa violence condemned

May 21 2008 - Christian Aid partner, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) has expressed shock and sadness over the violence directed at foreigners living in the Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg.

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Christian Aid ready to respond as cyclone hits Burma

May 2 2008 - Christian Aid is calling on the international community and the Burmese government to use all available means to help those affected by cyclone Nargis.

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Tax evasion costs the lives of 1,000 children a day

May 12 2008 -The lives of 1,000 young children a day are being lost to disease and poverty in poor countries because of illegal trade-related tax evasion, says a new report from Christian Aid.

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London teenager wins Christian Aid search for gospel talent of the future

May 29 2008 - Zoe Oputah, a 15 year old from South Bermondsey in London, has been chosen as the winner of a national gospel talent competition launched by international development agency Christian Aid and Rockhill Music.

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Afghan hearts, Afghan minds

June 11 2008 - The military strategy of trying to win ‘hearts and minds’ in Afghanistan by building schools and health clinics is failing to address the root causes of violence in the country, a report by a group of European and Canadian aid agencies.

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Angola human rights concerns

June 3 2008 - Christian Aid and partner organisations are demanding that countries with close bilateral ties to Angola – including the UK – take a more robust position on the continuing human rights violations.

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Christian Aid names new chair

June 18 2008 - Christian Aid is delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Owers, currently HM Inspector of Prisons, and former director of Justice, as its new chair.

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Christian Aid appeals for more funds to help survivors of Burma cyclone

June 23 2008 - Christian Aid is appealing for more funds to help survivors of the Burma cyclone so partner organisations can continue to carry out vital relief and rehabilitation work.

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Christian Aid applauds Conservative commitment on coal

June 16 2008 - Christian Aid welcomes the announcement by David Cameron of an Emissions Performance Standard that would rule out the building of dirty coal-fired power stations in the UK.

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Christian Aid launches experimental youth project

June 16 2008 - Christian Aid has launched a innovative project called Ctrl.Alt.Shift aimed at giving voice to the impassioned desire to change the world felt by Britain's young people.

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Christian Aid welcomes green power revolution

June 26 2008 - Christian Aid today welcomed the unveiling of the government’s proposed strategy to source 15 per cent of Britain’s energy from renewables by 2020.

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Call for debt payment moratorium on food crisis countries

June 2 2008 - Campaigners urge immediate cancellation of debt for Haiti and afflicted countries.

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Farming for a future with Christian Aid

June 17 2008 - Christian Aid will be using this year’s Royal Show, 3-6 July at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, to highlight the plight of farmers on the frontline of climate change.

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Government 'eviscerates' Climate Change Bill

June 9 2008 - International development agency Christian Aid last night accused the government of ‘eviscerating’ the Climate Change Bill by failing to include within it a number of measures crucial to the fight against global warming.

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Liberal Judaism backs Christian Aid Climate Change campaign

June 19 2008 - Representatives of the Jewish movement Liberal Judaism this week joined forces with international development agency Christian Aid to press for a climate change bill that will help protect poor and vulnerable communities around the world.

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Spread the love with ethical wedding gifts

June 26 2008 - The new Wedding Gift List from Present Aid (www.presentaid.org) offers an alternative to toasters and towels while giving the gift of a better life for thousands of people in developing countries.

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Christian Aid blames ‘ruinous policies’ for food crisis

July 5 2008 - Ruinous agricultural policies forced on poor countries by donor governments and international financial institutions are a prime cause of the food crisis that threatens 100m people with hunger, says Christian Aid.

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Christian Aid Director awarded OBE for services to development

July 14 2008 - Dr Daleep Mukarji, Christian Aid Director has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of a career dedicated to the alleviation of poverty.

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Christian Aid launches climate change campaign in Indian Schools

July 17 2008 - International development agency Christian Aid is asking children in India to play an active role in the battle against climate change.

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Focus on Sudan at Lambeth conference

July 7 2008 - At the July 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops – an event that brings together Bishops from around the world and occurs only once every 10 years – Christian Aid will release a ground-breaking report on HIV in Sudan.

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G8 carbon target just a first step, says Christian Aid

July 8 2008 - International development agency Christian Aid said today that the G8 agreement to halve carbon emissions by 2050 was a step in the right direction, but was not enough to halt global warming while allowing poor countries to develop in a sustainable manner.

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World Bank not the right body to handle climate change funds

July 6 2008 - Money given by wealthy nations to help the developing world combat climate change should not be administered by the World Bank, says international development agency Christian Aid.

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Doha - no deal better than a bad deal

29 July 2008 - The blame for the collapse of the latest Doha Development Round talks in Geneva lies squarely with major agricultural exporting countries putting self interest above other considerations.

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Christian Aid launches Africa food crisis appeal

August 5 2008 - International development agency Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to support the millions of people going hungry across Africa in the face of escalating food prices.

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Developing countries demand compensation for climate change

August 27 2008 - A number of key African civil society organisations have come together with Christian Aid, to demand billions in compensation from rich countries for the impacts of global warming.

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Christian Aid sends emergency funds to Bihar

August 29 2008 - Christian Aid has released an initial £200,000 to its partner organisations in India as a massive rescue and relief operation gets underway in the state of Bihar

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Mandela most admired campaigner says Christian Aid poll

August 21 2008 - Britons rate committed campaigners such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King far more highly than celebrities such as Sir Bob Geldof and Angelina Jolie, a new poll from Christian Aid shows.

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Three months after Burma Cyclone survivors are still in need

August 1 2008 - Three months after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma some survivors have still received little aid.

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US-funded road threatens tsunami survivors

August 15 2008 - A village in Indonesia that Christian Aid helped to rebuild after the tsunami is under threat from a highway being funded by the US government.

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Angola threatens to close down human rights organisation

September 8 2008 - The Angolan government is threatening to close the Association for Justice, Peace and Democracy (AJPD), one of the country’s most active human rights organisations.

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Caribbean leaders should reject EU trade deal, says Christian Aid

September 9 2008 - Christian Aid is urging Caribbean heads of government to refuse to sign a new trade deal that the European Union (EU) is attempting to force on the region.

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Christian Aid partners give cautious welcome to Harare deal

September 15 2008 - Christian Aid partner organisations in Zimbabwe have welcomed the power-sharing deal signed in the Zimbabwe today. But they warn that they will judge the deal on outcomes, not words.

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Climate change £75 million welcome - but more is needed

September 10 2008 - Christian Aid welcomes the announcement today that the UK government is to give Bangladesh £75m to adapt to climate change.

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Climate change devastating women's lives, says Christian Aid partner

September 17 2008 - Leading Kenyan Aid worker Esther Musili is speaking alongside Foreign Secretary David Miliband next Tuesday (September 23) at a fringe meeting of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

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Haiti faces fourth major storm

September 5 2008 - Haiti is bracing itself for the fourth major storm in less than a month, as Tropical Storm Ike advances from the east. Already, more than 200 lives have been lost and the United Nations is warning that more than half a million people are in need of emergency assistance after storms Fay, Gustav and Hanna battered the island.

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How rich countries and big business undermine the MDG war on poverty

September 24 2008 - As world leaders gather in New York for make or break talks about halving extreme global poverty, Christian Aid warns that progress is being hampered by the activities of rich countries and big business.

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Hutton's backing for coal makes Kingsnorth public enquiry essential

September 22 2008 - Business Secretary John Hutton’s ringing endorsement of coal as a source of energy at the Labour conference makes a public enquiry into plans to build a new coal fired power station at Kingsnorth essential, says Christian Aid.

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Middle East Quartet is failing, warn aid agencies

September 25 2008 - The Middle East Quartet (EU, Russia, UN, USA) is failing - making inadequate progress towards improving the lives of Palestinians or improving the prospects for peace - according to a new report by leading humanitarian and human rights organisations published today.

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Peruvians still homeless year after quake

September 1 2008 - The vast majority of people in the earthquake zone are still without basic shelter as the Peruvian winter takes hold, warns Christian Aid.

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A nationwide call for tough action on climate change

October 15 2008 - Christian Aid supporters from all over the UK massed in London today to demand an escalation of the fight against climate change.

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Carbon emission cuts of 80% welcomed

October 16 2008 - Christian Aid joined with other campaigners today in welcoming the UK government’s announcement of its decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 rather than 60% by 2050.

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Christian Aid responds to aid worker killed in Afghanistan

Christian Aid has the utmost sympathy for Gayle Williams and her family, colleagues and friends.

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Douglas Alexander presents Christian Aid director with honorary OBE

Daleep Mukarji OBE

October 21 2008 - Douglas Alexander, UK secretary of state for international development, today presented to Dr Daleep Mukarji, Christian Aid Director, the award of honorary OBE in recognition of a career dedicated to the alleviation of poverty.

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Emergency funds sent to Zimbabwe to combat food catastrophe

October 14 2008 - Christian Aid has released emergency funds to provide seeds for farmers in Zimbabwe’s Midlands province.

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EU retreating from carbon emissions pledge

October 15 2008 - Christian Aid says the European Union is showing a clear lack of vision and leadership in the climate change debate.

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Supporter leaves £1.2m to Christian Aid

October 3 2008 - Mrs Kathleen Mary Ball of Wellingborough has donated £1.2million to international development charity Christian Aid in her will.

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London teenager makes recording debut

October 27 2008 - London teenager Zoe Oputah will make her recording debut, after winning a national gospel talent competition, with the release of Acoustic Gospel Volume Two produced by Rockhill Music out on 17 November 2008.

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Church Leaders Demonstrate Leadership on World Aids Day

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are speaking out on World Aids’ Day (Monday 1 December) to highlight the vital role of the church in supporting those affected by HIV.

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Advent email helps beat the credit crunch and save the planet!

November 11 2008 - Sign up to Christian Aid’s inspired advent email and receive daily tips to help beat the credit crunch this Christmas. The handy hints and tips, which will be emailed daily from the 1st December until Christmas Eve, are designed to help consumers save cash, cut their carbon emissions and have some Yuletide fun.

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Churches in Zimbabwe to take a lead role in reconstruction of country

November 6 2008 - Church leaders in Zimbabwe are starting an unprecedented process which will enable them to take up a pivotal role in the reconstruction of their country.

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EU climate plans 'dangerously inadequate' says new report

December 1 2008 - European plans to keep world temperatures within safe limits are dangerously inadequate and must be much more ambitious before they can form the template for global action, a new report warns today.

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Food and medicine must not be used as weapons

Israel is collectively punishing innocent civilians by withholding and controlling food and medicine to Gaza, says Christian Aid.

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Reform global finances to help the poor, world leaders urged

As world leaders and finance ministers meet this weekend to discuss funding for poorer countries, two leading development agencies are calling for major reforms of the global financial system to give the war on poverty new momentum.

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UK must lead on regional political settlement for Eastern Congo

November 3 2008 - A regional political settlement must be reached in the Great Lakes to prevent any more humanitarian catastrophes as currently being witnessed in north Kivu.

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Afghanistan roadmap must not replicate Iraq

December 17 2008 - 'The Iraq roadmap cannot be replicated in Afghanistan, a country which needs a new focus on development', says Christian Aid.

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Carbon cuts targets will rule out new coal fired power plants

December 1 2008 - Christian Aid welcomes the first report from the new Committee on Climate Change, which proposes bringing UK carbon emissions down by as much as 42 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020, and says the government should move swiftly to adopt and implement the recommendation.

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Charity booming despite the crunch

December 5 2008 - Brits are shunning traditional Christmas presents in favour of gifts that support charity. As sales of ethical gifts rise this Christmas a new craze is being born - ‘Yuleanthropy’.

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Christian Aid welcomes New Year's honour for its chair Anne Owers

Anne Owers

December 31 2008 - Christian Aid is delighted that the outstanding work of Anne Owers has been recognised in the New Year’s honours list. She became chair of Christian Aid in November 2008.

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Climate coalition: A strong Scottish climate bill could lead the world

December 5 2008 - Stop Climate Chaos Scotland – the leading coalition of environment, faith and development organisations – welcomes the Climate Change Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament and calls on all MSPs to ensure it becomes a genuinely world leading piece of legislation.

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Doha conference a 'lost opportunity'

December 2 2008 - A high level UN conference which closes in Doha today has turned into a lost opportunity for instituting reforms to the global financial system to help poor countries, say leading development agencies Christian Aid and ActionAid

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EU fails the world on climate

December 12 2008 - European leaders have betrayed the world by failing to adopt a powerful EU plan to tackle climate change, says the development agency Christian Aid. The package of measures they are finalising in Brussels is woefully inadequate and explodes their claim to be international leaders on global warming.

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Gaza death toll rises as humanitarian crisis deepens

December 29 2008 - Christian Aid's partners are reporting that Gaza's already beleaguered healthcare services are struggling to deal with the numbers of casualties as Israel's bombardment enters its third day.

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Get fit for a challenging New Year

December 16 2008 - It’s that time of year again… you eat too much, vow to lose weight in the New Year but end up being put off by hefty gym membership fees. In 2009 Christian Aid is challenging you to get fit for free and do something for charity - two great resolutions in one!

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New coal-fired power plants a 'black and toxic Christmas present'

December 22 2008 - Indications that the government will allow the building of new coal-fired power stations before technology is developed to capture and store their carbon emissions dramatically undermines the UK’s claim to be leading the battle against climate change, says Christian Aid.

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Lack of leadership undermines progress towards a global climate deal

December 15 2008 - The glaring lack of leadership and ambition displayed by rich countries at the United Nations climate change summit could gravely undermine progress towards a crucial new global climate deal, says international development agency Christian Aid.

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Partner organisations responding to cholera outbreak

December 4 2008 - Christian Aid partner organisations in Zimbabwe are responding to the cholera outbreak which is now affecting the entire country.

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Pledges are the new resolutions

December 31 2008 - This New Year, forget resolutions, pledges are where it’s at - as US President-elect Barack Obama knows only too well.

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Religious charities debate how to work with people of other faiths

December 3 2008 - Christian, Muslim and Jewish development charities this week debated how they should work with people of other religions, at an unprecedented conference on interfaith humanitarian work.

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UK failing to tackle corruption effectively

December 9 2008 - Efforts by the UK government to tackle corruption at home and abroad must take on a new urgency.

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UN reports conclusive evidence increases pressure to act decisively in Kivus

December 15 2008 - Christian Aid says it is now imperative that a regional political solution be found for the conflict in eastern Congo following the release of a UN report which has presented conclusive evidence that the Rwandan and Congolese governments are supporting illegal armed groups in eastern Congo.

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Zimbabwe ‘under siege’ says church leaders

December 9 2008 - Bishop Levee Kadenge says the cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has crippled the nation and that his country is ‘under siege and full of distress.’

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Zimbabwe crisis: charity offers resources for church and clergy

December 12 2008 - The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has affected more than 16,000 people and has killed close to 800. These numbers are increasing by the day.

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