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In February the General Synod will debate a motion that calls for a change to the rule requiring clergy to wear formal vestments at services

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Anglican clergy could be allowed to cast off their robes if Synod backs motion

Lord Robin Eames has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to reach agreement on dealing with the past

Archbishop pleads for progress on peace deal

A senior church figure has urged political parties in Northern Ireland to reach agreement on dealing with the past.

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, lays a wreath at Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie

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The 270 victims of the tragedy will be remembered today in memorial services 

Spanish government backs tough abortion laws

Abortion law would allow a pregnancy to be terminated only in the case of rape or where there is a serious health risk to the mother or foetus

Wild at heart: the Faroe Islands won the Noma founder over

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'The Faroe Islands seduced me. They are like Hawaii, only with bad weather'

Camping in 2002; by then the world had only nine more years to go

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That awkward moment when… You accidently confuse a real-life, living person with the Hollywood chap 20 years his junior that played him in a movie once.

Billboard confuses Nelson Mandela for Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman

New Delhi cloth merchant Chandrashekhar, who paid for the board out of his own pocket, said he didn’t know how the problem occurred

Pope Francis gives Christmas presents to 2,000 immigrants

Pope had gift packages delivered to the Dono di Maria homeless shelter in Rome

Prince Charles in a right royal selfie

Photo features the Prince of Wales looking a tad confused by it all

Russell Howard has been forced to deny that he has accepted an invitation to perform at an upcoming benefit gig for the Church of Scientology.

Russell Howard forced to deny Scientology benefit gig rumours

The comedian was rumoured to be performing for the controversial church for eye-watering ticket prices of up to £1,000

The Pope has given his support to breastfeeding in public

Pope Francis encourages mother to breast-feed in public

During an interview with an Italian newspaper, the Jesuit Pope used breastfeeding as an analogy for feeding humanity

Jayden Parkinson search: Family 'devastated' after body found in cemetery

The family of Jayden Parkinson are "heartbroken and devastated "following the discovery of a body yesterday evening in a cemetery, Thames Valley Police said this morning.

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