The Bishop of Ely has defended a decision by staff at the city's cathedral to fly a rainbow flag, at the same time as he attacked "reprehensible" letters and emails the gesture prompted. Rt Rev Stephen Conway said a "large number" of emails and letter received following the display in August were supportive but some were "entirely reprehensibly and violently homophobic". Bishop Stephen said: "What started out as a pastoral response to a request for solidarity - to fly a rainbow flag from the west tower of Ely Cathedral on the day of the Ely Pride festival - has gathered interest and concern across the diocese and further afield.

A man was stabbed to death during a street brawl in the northern Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm overnight Sunday. Muhammad Hajj Moussa, 33, a resident of the city, was taken to the Emek hospital in Afula in critical condition and died while undergoing emergency surgery. Police arrived at the scene in large numbers and opened an investigation. No arrests have yet been made.

No-fault divorces would be introduced under a planned shake-up of the "archaic" law governing the end of marriages, the Justice Secretary has announced. The need for couples to separate or allege "fault" would be taken away under a proposed change unveiled by David Gauke. Spouses would also be stripped of any right to contest a divorce application made by their partner, a consultation launched on Saturday has proposed. Mr Gauke, who had previously publicly called for a "less antagonistic" system said: "Marriage will always be one of our most sacred institutions, but when a relationship ends it cannot be right for the law to create or increase conflict between divorcing couples.