A nursery nurse has said she lost her job after telling a gay colleague her beliefs on homosexuality as a Christian. Sarah Mbuyi said she made the comment after she was asked about her Christian beliefs by a co-worker at New Park Childcare in Highbury, north London, in January. Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre which is assisting Ms Mbuyi, said the Government has "seriously let down" the Christian community. She said: "When I said 'no, God does not condone the practice of homosexuality, but does love you and says you should come to Him as you are', she became emotional and went off to report me to my manager." More »Nurse 'Lost Her Job Over Christian Beliefs'
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A woman has told Sky News of the terrifying dilemma she faced when her car caught fire in the middle of the lion enclosure at a safari park. But despite the frightening experience and ensuing rescue of herself and two children, Helen Clements from Gloucestershire said it would not put her off going back to see the big cats. Ms Clements told Sky News what at first appeared to be steam coming from her car turned into smoke, and she alerted park rangers by sounding the horn. More »Car Fire In Lion Enclosure: Family's Terror
Prince George made his first walkabout on the Australian leg of the royal tour when he met some indigenous animals at a zoo. The youngster looked fascinated as he was shown a bilby - a rabbit-like type of marsupial. At one point, as he was held by his father Prince William, he held out his hand to attempt to touch the creature which was being fed by a keeper who has named the animal George in his honour. More »Prince George Goes Walkabout With Bilbies
A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a £60bn quango has resigned after it was revealed he was declared bankrupt. Tony Caplin was in charge of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) which provides loans to infrastructure projects. A Government spokesman said: "Tony Caplin was appointed to a number of public bodies by the Labour party. According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Caplin was a friend of the Chancellor, George Osborne, who is a former chairman of the same City firm where Mr Cameron's father was a partner. More »Cameron-Appointed Quango Chief Resigns
Organisers of the London Marathon are looking into how one of the competitors ran the second half of his race faster than Mo Farah. The first half of his race took 2hrs 7mins, according to the Virgin Money London Marathon results list. The amount of time it took Mr Scotland-Williams to complete every 5km was also listed up to the halfway stage, but several of the later 5km 'splits' are missing. The suggestion is that by missing out a portion of the race, Mr Scotland-Williams was able to post an unusually fast time. More »Marathon Runner's Second Half 'Faster Than Mo's'
A teenager is recovering in hospital after falling 15ft from a fairground ride in Worthing, Sussex. Beth Thorpe, 18, suffered bruises, head and neck injuries after slipping from the Rocker ride on Marine Parade on Thursday night. A witness to the incident said Miss Thorpe was flung around like a "rag doll" during the ride before coming out of her seat. Friend Faith Paine, 18, told The Argus newspaper: "Seconds after the ride started she was flung about like a rag doll and started foaming at the mouth, immediately I knew something was wrong. More »Teen Thrown Around Ride Like A 'Rag Doll'
The leader of the French Front National has claimed Nigel Farage slandered her party by calling it "anti-semitic". Marine Le Pen, 45, told The Sunday Times Mr Farage had made "defamatory" and "extremely disagreeable" statements about her party. Mr Farage has refused to join Ms Le Pen's right-wing alliance in the European parliament, siding with Nicolas Dupont-Aignan - a member of the EU Democrats party. But Ms Le Pen has hit back, saying: "He is often reproached for the behaviour and comments of... his members. More »Farage 'Slandered' Front National, Le Pen Claims
A man accused of jumping over a barrier during the London Marathon to finish the race in an impressive time has denied allegations he cheated. Jason Scotland-Williams, 34, told the Sunday Telegraph that stewards along the route would have made it impossible for him to cheat. The suggestion is that by missing out a portion of the race, Mr Scotland-Williams was able to post an unusually fast time. Mr Scotland-Williams finished the second half of the route in one hour, one minute and 42 seconds - more than three minutes faster than double Olympic running champion Mo Farah and just three minutes short of the world record for a half marathon. More »'Faster Than Farah' Runner Denies Cheating
Easter Sunday and Monday are predicted to be wet for millions of Britons after a dry start to the Bank Holiday weekend. Heavy showers and thunder are expected in places as rain moves from the southeast of England across central and southern areas and Wales by Sunday afternoon. However, the north of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic and Scotland are expected to remain dry on Sunday. Sky News meteorologist Dr Chris England said: "It certainly looks as if the southern English counties and London will see heavy, prolonged rain on Sunday. More »Easter Weather: Millions Face Heavy Downpours
Teachers say they are being subjected to constant surveillance by CCTV cameras in schools which are supposed to be used to keep pupils safe. They felt the footage was being used by school leaders to monitor their performance. The survey comes as delegates attending the union's annual conference in Birmingham discuss a motion suggesting there is too much surveillance of teachers. The motion adds: "Its impact is to stifle creativity in education, disempower teachers, put procedure before purpose and increase the workload of teachers." More »Teachers Warn Of 'Constant' CCTV Surveillance
Publicly owned works of art worth hundreds of millions of pounds are lying unseen in council vaults around the country, a Sky News investigation has revealed. One council said more than 90% had never been on public display. Respected art critic Rachel Campbell Johnston called on councils to sell pieces which rarely, if ever, go on show. Sky News asked 10 authorities from across England to reveal what percentage of pieces were on public display, the total insurance value, and how many pieces have never been on public display. More »Secret Art Stash Hidden In Council Vaults
Education Secretary Michael Gove has been branded a "man with a mad idea for every occasion" as fresh strike action was threatened by teachers. The Cabinet Minister also faced demands to quit at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Brighton. Activists were debating a motion which called on the union to co-ordinate national strike action in the week beginning Monday June 23, if "significant" progress is not made in tackling a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. It comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout, and raises the prospect of widespread disruption to thousands of schools in England and Wales in the summer term. More »School Strike Action Threatened By Teachers
By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - The head of a British government agency that hands out billions of pounds of loans to local authorities has resigned after failing to reveal he was bankrupt, Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday. Cameron appointed Tony Caplin, a former senior official in his ruling Conservative party, to head the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB) last year. The PWLB is in charge of distributing infrastructure loans to local authorities across Britain and controls a loans portfolio of up to 60 billion pounds ($100.85 billion). More »Bankrupt British loans official resigns, embarrassing PM Cameron
Developers at Bristol University have invented what could be the future of interactive computing, involving fog screens. It is believed to be the first time touch screens, made from fog and showing images in 3D or 2D, have been made to work with a tabletop device. MisTable is led by Professor Sriram Subramanian and Dr Diego Martinez from the university’s Department of Computer Science. Their invention lets users switch from interacting on a personal fog screen, to "reaching through" it and interacting together on the touch screen tabletop, or the space above it. More »Fog Screens Could Herald Gadget Revolution
The 6ft-tall bird has spent the past fortnight holed up in the lush surroundings of Barkway Park Golf Club, near Royston. Owner Joanna Clark, who admits finding her will be a nightmare, said: "I keep getting told where she’s been spotted but I’ll never catch her I don’t think. Video footage shot by local green keeper Antony Lake of the rhea darting across a field at blistering speed shows why the animal has yet to be caught. More »Runaway Rhea Chris 'May Never Be Caught'
More than 150,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square in Rome for the annual Easter message from Pope Francis, as the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of his hopes for the year ahead. The Archbishop of Canterbury highlighted the suffering of people facing conflict around the world during his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral. The Most Rev Justin Welby said: "In Syria mothers cry for their children and husbands. "In the Ukraine neighbours cry because the future is precarious and dangerous. More »Easter: Faithful Attend Services Around World
New Zealand officials have granted a special visa to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who has admitted cocaine use, in an apparent confirmation she has been blocked from entering the United States, according to a report. More »New Zealand says yes to Nigella despite US exclusion
The Archbishop of Canterbury said the Church of England still held an indirect investment in short-term loan company Wonga, even though he branded its activities "morally wrong" nine months ago. Archbishop Justin Welby, leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, said last year he had been embarrassed to learn that the church's pension fund had invested a relatively small sum in a U.S. venture capital firm that led Wonga's 2009 fundraising. Shortly before that investment came to light, Welby had pledged to drive such lenders out of business by backing rival credit unions as he made a scathing attack on so-called "payday" lenders such as Wonga, which charge high interest rates on loans that are typically repaid when borrowers receive their next paychecks. But on Sunday in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Welby said he had been unable to force the church's investment arm, the Church Commissioners, to exit the investment. More »Church of England still invested in payday lender