LONDON (Reuters) – Church of England clergy would be able to “bless” same-sex relationships under long-awaited proposals unveiled on Thursday as the church adopts a more open – but disputed – approach to homosexuality.
Although gay couples would still not be able to legally marry in a church, the proposed change would officially sanction clergy to let gay and lesbian couples mark and celebrate same-sex marriages and civil partnerships in a church service.
GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – The Scottish government unveiled its long-awaited vision for independence on Tuesday, promising Scots they could forge their own prosperity but keep the pound and the queen if they vote next year to end a 306-year-old union with England.
With separatists lagging in opinion polls, First Minister Alex Salmond said an independent Scotland would take charge of its own finances, raising taxes and spending revenues from North Sea oil and gas reserves as it sees fit.
GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defense force and collect its own taxes, First Minister Alex Salmond said on Tuesday.
In a 670-page blueprint aimed at convincing Scots they should vote on September 18 next year to end a 306-year union with England, Salmond said there would be no need to increase taxes if Scotland broke away.
GLASGOW (Reuters) – The Scottish government will focus on the potential economic gains from independence on Tuesday when it unveils its vision for the future if Scots choose to end a 306-year union with England.
Alex Salmond, head of a devolved government in Scotland – which for now is still part of the United Kingdom – has promised to spell out exactly what would happen if Scots vote on September 18 next year to leave the UK.
LONDON (Reuters) – Three women enslaved in London for 30 years lived in some kind of “collective” where they were controlled by their captors – a couple now in their 60s – through brainwashing and beatings, police said on Saturday.
The women were freed four weeks ago but the police only spoke about it on Thursday after making two arrests, detailing one of the strangest and longest-running cases of domestic servitude to emerge in Britain.
LONDON (Reuters) – Three women enslaved for 30 years in a London house were beaten and subjected to psychological abuse, in one of the worst cases of domestic servitude to emerge in Britain, police said on Friday.
The women were rescued from the house in south London four weeks ago after calling an anti-slavery charity for help. On Thursday police investigating the case arrested a man and a woman, both aged 67.
LONDON (Reuters) – Three women enslaved for 30 years have been rescued from a house in London including one who has spent her entire life in domestic servitude, police said on Thursday.
Officers, who arrested a man and a woman, both 67, at their south London home, described it as the worst case of servitude to have emerged in the British capital.
LONDON (Reuters) – Three women claiming to have been held in captivity as domestic slaves for 30 years have been rescued from a house in London and a man and a woman arrested, police and charity workers said on Thursday.
Police officers from a human trafficking unit took the man and woman, both aged 67, into custody at their home in south London early Thursday.
The Church of England’s governing body voted overwhelmingly in favour of female bishops on Wednesday, ending a 20-year impasse that could see women ordained as senior clergy by the end of 2014.
LONDON (Reuters) – The Church of England’s law-making body voted in favor of female bishops on Wednesday, a move that ended a 20-year impasse and could see women ordained as senior clergy by the end of 2014.
A vote on a package of measures endorsing women bishops was supported by 378 members of the General Synod while eight voted against and 25 abstained.