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Anti-gay attacks will lead to rise in HIV cases, warns Christian Aid

January 27 2011 - The increasingly targeted attacks on gay people in a number of African countries, which are thought to have led to the murder this week of outspoken Ugandan gay activist, David Kato, will contribute to an increase in HIV infections, says Christian Aid.

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Bishops tweet their blessings this Lent

January 20 2011 - This Lent Christian Aid is using social media and blogging Bishops to encourage people to use the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter to pray, act and give.

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Land rights and confusion is main obstacle hampering Haiti rebuilding efforts, warn agencies

January 10 2011 - It has been nearly a year since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people and devastating the nation’s capital.

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New night hike puts boot into poverty

January 07 2011 - Christian Aid is launching a new and exciting charity trekking challenge for 2011, the Offa’s Dyke Night Hike, designed to put the boot into poverty by raising money for its work with some of the world’s poorest communities.

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Stunning sculpture is centrepiece of new ‘Poverty Over’ cathedrals tour

January 11 2011 - A spectacular new work of art about global poverty, along with a photographic exhibition of Christian Aid’s work in poor countries, will be launched next Monday (17th January) in Southwark Cathedral at the start of a two-year-long tour of dozens of Britain’s cathedrals.

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UK must urge World Bank to abandon ‘dirty’ fossil fuels

January 17 2010 - Christian Aid is urging international development secretary Andrew Mitchell to use his position on the board of the World Bank to press for an end to investment in carbon-intensive energy projects.

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Bribery Act delay undermines government commitment to fight corruption

February 1 2011 - The coalition government’s decision to delay the implementation of the landmark Bribery Act for the second time casts serious doubt on its commitment to combating corruption, said Global Witness, Tearfund, CAFOD and Christian Aid today. Passed with an all-party consensus in April 2010, the Act was supposed to be implemented last October, but was first shifted to April and is now delayed indefinitely.

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Christian Aid launches solar lighting project in India with d.light design

February 3 2011 - Christian Aid has teamed up with solar lighting specialist d.light design to launch an innovative micro finance project that will bring solar lighting to more than 4,400 socially excluded poor rural households in three Indian states during its first year.

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Christian Aid welcomes aid to India

February 16 2011 - Christian Aid has welcomed the UK Government’s continued commitment to fight poverty in India, describing recent criticism of the pledged aid as ‘misguided.’

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G20 must end tax haven secrecy, campaigners tell Sarkozy

February 8 2011 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy faces a global campaign demanding that the G20 commits to ending tax haven secrecy when it meets in Cannes, France later this year.

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UK's financial transparency move is crucial first step against corruption

February 22 2011 - The UK government’s decision to back a ‘publish-what-you-pay’ standard for mining and other ‘extractive’ companies across the world is an exciting and welcome move which will challenge corruption in the oil, mining and gas sectors but does not go far enough to tackle the massive damage done by tax dodging and financial secrecy, Christian Aid says today.

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Zambia must launch copper mining tax probe, says Christian Aid partner

February 18 2011 - A subsidiary of one of the world’s largest commodity trading companies stands accused of a series of tax irregularities in Zambia – a desperately poor developing country where life expectancy is 47 and tax revenues are urgently needed.

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Aid critics ignore widespread public resolve to fight poverty, says Christian Aid

Andrew Mitchell MP

March 01 2011 - Criticism of the government’s commitment to overseas aid fails to reflect the continued resolve of many in the UK to fight global poverty.

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Bribery Act emasculated, warns Christian Aid

March 30 2011 - Guidance published today by the Ministry of Justice effectively emasculates the 2010 UK Bribery Act, Christian Aid is warning.

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Christian Aid Challenges public to live below the line

March 10 2011 - This May (2-6) Christian Aid will be challenging the public to live on just £1 a day for 5 days to raise £500,000 to help some of the world’s poorest people.

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Christian Aid welcomes plans to build disaster resilience

March 28 2011 - Christian Aid welcomes the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review’s focus on building disaster resilience and calls on the UK Government to step up its support for such programmes.

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'Free us from fossil fuels' demands the climate change chain gang

March 01 2011 - Today climate change campaigners formed a ‘chain gang’ outside the London headquarters of the World Bank Group to demand that the Bank frees developing countries from fossil fuel investments. Actions are also taking place in cities across Europe and in South Africa.

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Only a quarter of the public think Britain’s approach in Afghanistan is working, shows poll

March 23 2011 - Joint campaign launches to call for ‘new approach’ to Afghanistan: A majority of people in Britain (58%) say they are not clear what Britain is trying to achieve in Afghanistan and only one in four (26%) think the current approach is working well, according to an opinion poll commissioned by a new campaign coalition, Together Afghanistan, released today as the UN votes on renewing the mandate for its mission in Afghanistan.

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Glencore and first quantum are subjects of complaint to OECD

April 12 2011 - Campaigning organisations have filed a complaint with the OECD against commodities giant Glencore and First Quantum Minerals, based on allegations that a mine they own may be evading tax in Zambia in a way which would be inconsistent with OECD guidelines for multinational companies.

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Olympic gold medalist Nicole Cooke supports charity bike ride

April 18 2011 - Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Nicole Cooke MBE, winner of the 2008 Women's Road Race, is supporting this years Christian Aid London to Paris bike ride (20-24 July) and encouraging last minute entries before the closing date of 12 May 2011.

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Christian Aid urges Chancellor to challenge Switzerland's secrecy

May 27 2011 - Christian Aid is urging the Chancellor to consider how poor countries could be harmed by a deal allowing UK citizens with secret Swiss bank accounts to continue hiding their identities from the British taxman.

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Commodities boom may be fuelling global hunger, warns Christian Aid

May 16 2011 - Pension funds and other institutional investors that have poured billions of pounds into commodity index funds could be unwittingly fuelling a rise in global hunger, says a new report from Christian Aid.

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G8 takes small step to tackle financial secrecy while Hilary Clinton leads way

May 27 2011 - The world’s most powerful countries must do more to tackle financial secrecy as an enabler of serious crimes which have devastating effects on the lives of millions of people across the world, Christian Aid is urging.

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Come back from the brink on Europe's carbon cuts, charities urge MEPs

June 22 2011 - Leading campaign groups have launched a flurry of actions urging Conservative MEPs to rethink their plans to oppose deeper cuts in Europe’s carbon emissions.

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Crucial questions for IMF candidates

June 10 2011 - With nominations for the next International Monetary Fund (IMF) leader now in, campaigners including Christian Aid, ActionAid and the Bretton Woods Project are demanding that the candidates debate each other publicly.

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Crunch time as UK prepares for historic vote on new international law to protect domestic workers

June 01 2011 - The British government must stop dragging its feet and fully support a new international convention to protect domestic workers from abuse and slavery, says a coalition of charities and Trade Unions including Anti-Slavery International and Christian Aid.

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EU emissions vote postponed – but battle for 30% cuts goes on

June 23 2011 - Today’s crucial vote on whether Europe should commit to deeper emissions cuts was postponed at the last minute until early July, after time for discussion ran out.

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Europe holds key to global climate talks

June 17 2011 - The European Union now holds the key to the fate of the global climate talks, Christian Aid says today.

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MPs are right: UK must push the World Bank to clean up its act

June 29 2011 - MPs’ demand for the UK to withhold money from the World Bank unless it stops financing new, dirty coal power stations is extremely welcome, says Christian Aid, commenting on a report by the Environmental Audit Committee.

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MPs’ India report is a valuable contribution to aid debate

June 14 2011 - A new House of Commons report on British aid to India is a welcome endorsement of efforts to tackle the devastating discrimination which excludes many millions of people from mainstream Indian society, Christian Aid says today.

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Plight of refugees is key to resolving Palestinian-Israeli conflict: Christian Aid

June 20 2011 - The plight of Palestinian refugees must be urgently addressed if peace between Israel and the Palestinians is ever to become a reality, warns Christian Aid in a new report.

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UK government must fully support domestic workers' rights

June 15 2011 - The UK government must honour its commitment to a new international convention protecting domestic workers from exploitation and stop trying to attempt to dilute proposed safeguards, a coalition of non-governmental organisations – which includes the TUC, Christian Aid and Anti-Slavery International – says today.

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Warm welcome for Cameron's robust defence of the moral case for aid

June 13 2011 - David Cameron’s steadfast defence of Britain’s continued support for developing countries is brave and extremely welcome, Christian Aid says today.

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Campaigners vow to continue fight for tougher EU carbon cuts

July 5 2011 - Christian Aid activists vowed today to continue fighting for tougher European action on climate change after MEPs rejected a plan to increase carbon emission cuts.

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Christian Aid calls on Kenya to open new refugee camp

July 13 2011 - Christian Aid today calls on the Kenyan government to open a refugee camp that is currently standing empty to cope with the 1,400 new arrivals daily, mostly women and children, fleeing drought and conflict in neighbouring Somalia.

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Fears of further flooding in Pakistan

July 22 2011 - A year after floods hit Pakistan, killing 2,000 people and leaving 11 million homeless, there are fears that this year’s monsoon could bring further disaster.

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Prime Minister's call for greater financial transparency ‘very welcome’

July 19 2011 - Christian Aid today welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s backing for legislation that will force companies to reveal the taxes and fees paid to governments in every country where they operate.

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Ten million in east Africa face starvation following worst drought in 60 years

July 1 2011 - Christian Aid has launched an emergency humanitarian appeal to help people across the east and Horn of Africa after two failed rainy seasons have left ten million on the brink of starvation.

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World Bank call for crackdown on financial secrecy is welcome

21 July 2011 - Christian Aid has welcomed a new call from the World Bank for countries to exchange information about who really owns companies, bank accounts and other financial assets within their borders, in a bid to help recover the billions currently stolen from poor countries each year.

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Bangladesh floods cause severe food shortages, warns Christian Aid

August 24 2011 - Heavy monsoon rains in the Satkhira and Khulna districts in southwest Bangladesh have forced 700,000 people to flee their homes following the worst flooding to hit the area in eight years.

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Morality demands rethink of UK-Swiss tax deal, warns Christian Aid

August 18 2011 - Ministers should urgently rethink plans for a deal with Switzerland which would see UK tax evaders let off lightly while harming poor countries, says Christian Aid.

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New book invites bible study groups to fight poverty

August 22 2011 - A faith perspective on some of the most damaging aspects of global poverty are presented for Bible study group discussion in a new book to be launched at the Greenbelt Festival.

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UK-Swiss tax deal 'a disgrace' warns Christian Aid

August 25 2011 - The new tax deal between the UK and Switzerland amounts to collusion with criminality and will seriously damage poor countries’ attempts to collect the billions they lose to tax dodgers, Christian Aid is warning.

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Christian Aid welcome initiatives to improve women's lives

September 22 2011 - Two government initiatives to improve the lives of women in the developing world were welcomed this week by Christian Aid director Loretta Minghella as important steps towards tackling ‘the most prevalent inequality of our time’.

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G20 plan for developing countries neglects powerful weapon against poverty, warns Christian Aid

September 24 2011 - G20 ministers’ latest plan to help poor countries misses an opportunity to drive massive change because it neglects action against tax dodgers, says Christian Aid.

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G20 risks undermining fight against tax dodgers, warns Christian Aid

September 22 2011 - The world’s most powerful countries may be about to renege on their pledges to help developing nations fight massive tax dodging by multinationals, Christian Aid is warning.

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Limited progress against Coalition low carbon commitment, new research reveals

September 15 2011 - The government has made either moderate or no progress on 22 of its 29 low-carbon commitments, says a detailed analysis of government action to achieve its own low-carbon commitments. In May 2010, the government described climate change as ‘one of the gravest threats we face’ and committed to ‘urgent action both here and abroad.’1

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Quizaid – Where will you hold yours?

September 5 2011 - Between 12 and 18 September hundreds of people will be holding quizzes across the UK to raise money during Christian Aid’s annual fundraiser Quizaid. In homes, workplaces, schools and local pubs, quiz fans will be testing their brains in the name of charity. The more adventurous quizzers out there will choose more unusual venues but where will you hold yours?

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Rabbini's death: A blow to peace, says Christian Aid

September 20 2011 - Christian Aid today said the killing of Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani raised grave doubts about the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan ten years on

07 October 2011 - Fear and frustration over health and education in Afghanistan as NGOs warn time is short to correct course.

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African Green Revolution ignores downside of intensive farming

October 13 2011 - Lessons learned from Asia’s Green Revolution about the damage intensive farming can cause are being ignored in the race to help Africa feed itself, Christian Aid warns in a report published today.

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Cambodia floods set to worsen

October 20 2011 - The worst floods in Cambodia for more than a decade, that have killed 247 people, mainly from drowning, and displaced more than 100,000 families, could worsen, Christian Aid warned this week.

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Caravan crossing Africa to rally thousands in support of climate justice

October 26 2011 - Campaigners calling for justice for countries already suffering the impact of climate change will next month embark on a journey by caravan across 10 African countries to draw attention to the issue. Departing from Burundi, the Caravan of Hope will transport up to 200 African farmers, pastoralists and youth campaigners to Durban in South Africa where the UN climate talks are being held.

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Investors should make tax an ethical issue

07 October 2011 - Investors who want to ensure their money supports ethical concerns should add tax behaviour to the criteria by which companies are judged, Christian Aid says today.

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It's time for Europe to lead the world climate talks, says Christian Aid

October 17 2011 - Governments have made disappointingly little progress at the latest international climate talks in Panama and hopes of breaking the global deadlock now rest on the European Union, says Christian Aid.

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New plans will help tackle corruption but not tax dodging, says Christian Aid

Octerber 25 2011 - New European plans to reveal more about multinationals’ finances will help tackle corruption in the oil, gas and mining industries - but need toughening up if they are also to help poor countries fight multi-billion pound tax dodging, says Christian Aid.

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Suggs to launch ‘Big Christmas Sing’ with free concert

October 19 2011 - On 9th November, Madness frontman Suggs will follow in Beverley Knight’s and Olly Murs’ footsteps by launching Christian Aid’s Big Christmas Sing with a free concert at Old Spitalfields Market. Suggs will be hosting the event as well as performing and fans are encouraged to come along for a good sing-song.

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Tax haven secrecy worsening, index reveals

October 04 2011 - Policy makers are failing to live up to the pledges of the world’s most powerful nations to tackle tax haven secrecy, according to the latest findings of an index that analyses the contribution different jurisdictions make to this global threat.

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The Conservatives – the greenest government ever?

2 October 2011 - A warning to the Conservatives that they must not abandon their pledge to be the ‘greenest government ever’ was delivered on the eve of the party conference in Manchester by more than a thousand supporters of the charities Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund.

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'Yes we can-Cannes!' say Christian Aid campaigners

October 6 2011 - On Friday 7th October, campaigners around the world will hold a Global Day of Action to urge G20 leaders to end the tax haven secrecy that helps companies to hide their profits and avoid paying taxes in developing countries.

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Christian Aid urges governments to build a Noah's Ark at climate summit

November 29 2011 - Christian Aid has called on governments to build a 'Noah's Ark' at the UN climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, where parties are negotiating a global treaty to limit carbon emissions.

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Christian Aid welcomes widening of debate about business ethics

November 08 2011 - Christian Aid welcomes the publication this week of the report ‘Value and Values: Perceptions of Ethics in the City Today ’ from the St Paul’s Institute which it says offers valuable insights into the debate surrounding business practice in today’s world.

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G20 renews the fight against tax haven secrecy

November 4 2011 - Significant international pressure from an increasing number of policy makers is steadily mounting against the secrecy offered by tax havens, says Christian Aid following the G20 in Cannes.

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How Africa can get the energy it needs without adding to climate change

November 9 2011 - Sub-Saharan Africa has massive potential to generate clean energy that could help lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty without exacerbating climate change, a new Christian Aid report says today.

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Keep Kyoto or face climate anarchy, Christian Aid warns governments

Novemeber 25 2011 - Governments risk sparking climate anarchy if they scupper the world’s existing law on global warming, Christian Aid warns on the eve of the latest United Nations summit to tackle the mounting crisis.

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Stigma Under The Lens

Linneth from Bolivia, living with HIV

November 14 2011 - Christian Aid has partnered with Magnum Photos to launch ‘Stigma under the lens’, a series of thought-provoking audio-photographic slideshows for World AIDS day featuring brave people around the world living with HIV under the shadow of stigma.

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Suggs & Laura White host free concert to launch ‘Big Christmas Sing’

November 08 2011 - On 9th November, Madness frontman Suggs and X Factor finalist Laura White will launch Christian Aid’s Big Christmas Sing with a free concert at Old Spitalfields Market. Suggs will be hosting the event as well as performing his Christmas hit. The concert will start at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome.

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‘Vampire’ countries told to stop sucking Kyoto dry

'Vampire' countries sucking Kyoto Protocol dry

December 07 2011 - Japan, Russia, Canada and the EU must stop sucking the life out of Kyoto at the climate change talks in Durban, campaigners are demanding today outside the four countries' London embassies.

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Christian Aid condemns dating agency stunt

December 07 2011 - Christian Aid has condemned claims that it is to receive donations from a 'win a date with the Virgin Mary' charity auction organised by an online dating agency.

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Christian Aid launches emergency appeal for the victims of the Philippines typhoon

December 19 2011 - Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to enable its partner organisations in the Philippines to reach more people who have lost their homes and livelihoods in floods caused by Typhoon Washi, which struck the southern island of Mindanao early Saturday.

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Christian Aid launches new Cathedrals to Coast cycle challenge

December 19 2011 - Christian Aid is launching a new two day cycle challenge, The Cathedrals to Coast Cycle Ride, for 2012 as part of its varied portfolio of sports related challenge events.

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Christian Aid partners responding to devastation in the Philippines

17 December 2011 - Christian Aid partner organisations in the Philippines are responding to the devastation wrought by Typhoon Washi across a huge area in the south of the country.

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Christian Aid slams human rights abuses following contested elections in the Congo

December 23 2011 - Christian Aid is deeply concerned by brutal attacks on civilians by Congolese security forces in the wake of November 28 presidential elections, and incumbent President Kabila's recent declaration of victory at the polls for a second five-year term.

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Durban climate talks: Still cause for hope but urgent action needed says Christian Aid

December 01 2011 - Governments have made little or no progress in official meetings at the Durban climate talks but their tactics in private meetings suggest there is still cause for hope, Christian Aid says today.

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EU urged to unlock climate talks by recommitting to Kyoto

December 08 2011 - The European Union can give the deadlocked Durban climate talks a dramatic boost by recommitting to the Kyoto Protocol, Christian Aid says today.

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Faith leaders unite to call for urgent action to halt climate change

December 02 2011 - Faith leaders have called on decison makers at the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, to act in the interest of humanity and reach an agreement on cutting global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Need for climate deal more pressing than ever after UN summit, says Christian Aid

December 16 2011 - It's always impossible to know exactly what will emerge from the two weeks of international climate change negotiations held every December. But one safe bet is that governments will put off big decisions altogether, if they can. In the short-term, it's easier than agreeing to something potentially unpopular at home.

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Quick fixes at Bonn will tip Afghanistan back into civil war

December 05 2011 - Afghanistan risks deterioration back into civil war unless concrete steps toward long term development are taken at the Bonn Conference, warns Christian Aid. The charity believes that it is vital to address the root causes of the conflict, poverty and the inequality that drives them to ensure an accountable, inclusive and successful peace settlement.

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Record number of Palestinians displaced by demolitions as quartet continues to talk

December 13 2011 - Groups raise alarm about accelerating settlement expansion and increased settler violence.

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South African bishop accuses rich countries of climate ‘apartheid’

December 06 2011 - South African Bishop Geoff Davies today compared rich countries' behaviour at the Durban climate talks with apartheid, saying wealthy nations were trying to keep power and wealth for themselves. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the Anglican Church leader urged decision makers to put the needs of people and the planet before profit.

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Stop making excuses and start getting tough on climate change, Christian Aid urges Europe

December 05 2011 - Europe must stop making excuses and blaming others for its failure to commit to tackling global warming, Christian Aid says today as ministers take over from their negotiators at the climate talks in Durban.

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