Climate change and conflict have left the river Jordan a stagnant stream and the Sea of Galilee critically low
If Jesus were alive today, he might reconsider a baptism in the river Jordan; there’s a good chance he’d pick up an eye infection. Faecal bacteria in the pungent, murky waters have risen in recent years to up to six times the recommended levels.
Once a raging torrent, the lower Jordan has been starved of water to become a stagnant stream, filled with sewage and dirty run-off from farms. Around 95% of its historical flow has been diverted by agriculture during the past half-century. And the river’s primary source, the Sea of Galilee – where Christians believe the son of God walked on water – has for years been dammed to prevent its demise.
Far-right activist attacks British media during screening of his own ‘Panodrama’ documentary
Protesters gathered in early afternoon on Saturday at the BBC’s Salford headquarters for a demonstration organised by Tommy Robinson, to broadcast his film Panodrama.
The former leader of the English Defence League, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was protesting against BBC Panorama’s investigations into him.
The small grass-roots organization wants to replace more centrist Democrats with liberal candidates — and that has made some lawmakers uneasy.
Doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurers have a simple message: The Affordable Care Act works reasonably well and should be improved, not repealed or replaced with a big new public program.
Evidence on barracks life will not be given at hearing this week into death of Private Geoff Gray, letter claims
An inquest into the death of a teenage army recruit has been plunged into controversy ahead of its opening this week. The Ministry of Defence has been forced to deny claims that key internal reports cataloguing life at Deepcut barracks, where four trainee soldiers died from bullet wounds over a seven-year period, will not be submitted as evidence at the inquest into the death of Private Geoff Gray.
The 17-year-old died from two gunshot wounds to the head sustained while on guard duty in September 2001. As with the three other trainee deaths, the original inquest recorded a verdict of suicide.
Sister Veronica Openibo says leaders must accept they have brought disgrace upon church
A nun has condemned the Catholic church’s hierarchy for its failure to tackle the scourge of clerical sexual abuse, saying leaders must concede that their “mediocrity, hypocrisy and complacency” has brought the church to a “disgraceful place”.
In her speech, delivered at the Vatican’s unprecedented summit on the issue of clerical abuse, Sister Veronica Openibo, from Nigeria, said the church was in a state of “crisis and shame”.
Christ Church college and cathedral divided by ‘cruel accusations’
Prominent clergy linked to Oxford’s Christ Church cathedral are in revolt over a complaint against its dean which they say is “surrounded by secrecy and fuelled by gossip”.
In a row that has convulsed one of the university’s most venerable institutions, the Very Rev Martyn Percy, head of Christ Church – the college founded by Thomas Wolsey in 1546 – as well as dean of the cathedral, has been accused of “immoral, scandalous and disgraceful behaviour”. He has been suspended by the college’s governing body pending a tribunal led by a retired High Court judge later this year.
Acklom allegedly pretended to be MI6 agent and tricked woman out of life savings
One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has appeared in court after being extradited from Switzerland to the UK.
Mark Acklom, 45, allegedly posed as a Swiss banker and an MI6 agent during a year-long relationship with a woman and is accused of tricking her out of her life savings of £850,000 in 2012, according to police.
The congressional report on this multibillion-dollar scheme provides further evidence of attempts to monetise the Trump presidency
The idea that the US might sell state-of-the-art nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, potentially enabling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reckless regime to build nuclear weapons, sounds so far-fetched as to be almost grotesque.
After all the near-hysterical American and Israeli warnings about the risk of Iran, the Saudis’ arch-rival, acquiring the bomb, surely even Donald Trump would balk at such breathtaking – and dangerous – hypocrisy?