News archive from 26 February 2013

Catholic Church: cardinal errors

The future pope Joseph Ratzinger dragged the Catholic church into the poisonous American presidential campaign of 2004, through a memo about denying pro-choice politicians communion. Its target was John Kerry, a sincere Catholic who nonetheless...

 
Qatar sparks anger as it jails poet for 15 years

Qatar sparks anger as it jails poet for 15 years

A QATARI poet jailed for life for criticising the emir and attempting to incite revolt has had his sentence cut to 15 years, in a case human rights groups said showed hypocrisy by the Gulf state, which has supported

 
Raul Castro announces end to family’s 54 year rule

Raul Castro announces end to family’s 54 year rule

It HAS been more than 54 years since someone not named "Castro" led Cuba - but now the islanders have finally been given a date for when the sun will set on the rule of brothers Fidel and Raul: 2018. In accepting a new presidential term on...

 
Uncertainty as Italy produces divided poll result

Uncertainty as Italy produces divided poll result

ITALY faces political deadlock and the possibility of a return to the polls after a general election produced no clear winner yesterday, thanks to strong results by Silvio Berlusconi and comedian Beppe Grillo. The failure by Pier Luigi Bersani’s...

 

Germany investigates organic egg fraud claims

GERMAN authorities are investigating possible large-scale fraud by organic egg producers amid increased concern over food industry practices following Europe's horse meat scandal. The northern state of Lower Saxony, a major agricultural hub, has...

 

Saudi Arabia gender barrier may not appear

Saudi Arabia may consider dropping plans for a barrier separating men and the newly appointed women in the country's top advisory body. The reports in Saudi newspapers follow the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday for the first women in the...

 

Militants holding French family make demands

ISLAMIST militant group Boko Haram is apparently holding seven French nationals captured in Cameroon last week, France's prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, has said. A video posted online yesterday shows one of two French men reading a statement, with...

 

PKK leader set to call ceasefire in peace deal

Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan will call a ceasefire at the Kurdish New Year next month, moving forward a peace process with Turkey aimed at ending his group's 28-year insurgency, reports from Ankara have said. Prime minister Tayyip...

 

Doctors arrested over embezzlement from charity

Niger has arrested 20 doctors suspected of embezzling funds from a charity promoting vaccination in poor countries set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Niger’s government has made tackling corruption a priority since taking office in 2011,...

 

Pope changes rules for faster succession

THE Pope has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to bring forward the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates. Benedict signed a legal document...

 

Cardinals set to go to Rome to choose new pontiff

CARDINAL Keith O'Brien is not the only senior member of the Catholic Church to be caught up in controversy. Roman Catholic activists have been petitioning the now retired Cardinal Roger Mahony not to take part in the forthcoming papal conclave,...

 
Clifford Longley: Why O’Brien deserves a bit of credit as he faces up to worst moment in his career

Clifford Longley: Why O’Brien deserves a bit of credit as he faces up to worst moment in his career

AS THE shock waves from the resignation of Cardinal O'Brien resonate round the world, it would be a brave man who was prepared to predict how the Catholic Church could dig itself out of the deep hole into which it has got itself stuck. The situation...

 

‘Charge Concordia captain over deaths’

AN ITALIAN prosecutor has formally requested a manslaughter charge be brought against the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that crashed into a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people. The prosecutors’ office in Grosseto also wants...

 

Female Sherpa in Everest record

A NEPALESE woman has been recognised by Guinness World Records for climbing Everest twice in the same climbing season. Sherpa Chhurim, 29, scaled the 29,035ft summit on 12 May last year and again a week later. She said she planned to climb other high...

 

US census drops description ‘Negro’

The US Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys. Instead, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American". The change will take effect next...

 


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