Christianity at risk of dying out in a generation, warns Lord Carey

The former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has told a Christian conference that the religion is "a generation away from extinction" in the UK, and called for a campaign aimed at the “re-evangelisation of England” (Telegraph)

Mayor stripped of powers after heated Toronto council vote

Rob Ford, the embattled mayor of Toronto who was apparently caught on camera smoking crack, knocked over a woman council member and heckled members of the public as he was stripped of many of his powers at an extraordinary meeting of the city council. (Guardian)

Report exposes conflicts of interest at Muslim free school

A leaked government report suggests that governors at the controversial Al-Madinah School in Derby, which was placed in special measures in October, were “closely involved with suppliers to the school, either directly or through family connections" (Channel 4 News)

Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa

Scientists expect the Sun's magnetic field to reverse its polarity in the coming weeks, an event that occurs once every eleven years. It will send ripple effects through the solar system, but Nasa have stressed that it is not something people on earth need to worry about. (Independent)

Wildlife and countryside groups attack progress on nature

A report compiled by Wildlife and Countryside Link, an umbrella group representing 41 environmental and conservation organisations, has warned that the British government is failing to deliver a third of its commitments to protect the natural environment. (BBC News)