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Swiss president sees no need to change banking secrecy

Swiss President Ueli Maurer said on Sunday he saw “no need to change strategy” after fellow financial centre Luxembourg eased its bank secrecy practices. Now is a “dangerous time for Switzerland (but) unlike Luxembourg, Switzerland is not part of the EU” and it meets Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development…

Australian Cardinal says church needs ‘better discipline’

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell, picked by the pope to help advise him on governance and reforms, said Sunday “better discipline” was needed in the church. The Sydney Archbishop also suggested less Italian influence at the Vatican would be welcome. Pell was one of eight cardinals from…

Roadside bomb kills Iraqi provincial elections candidate

A roadside bomb killed an Iraqi provincial elections candidate and three other people north of Baghdad on Sunday, bringing the number of candidates killed in attacks to 14, officials said. Najm al-Harbi was on travelling to Baquba on a highway in Diyala province in his personal vehicle when the bomb…

Guantanamo guards fire rubber bullets to quell detainee resistance

Guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison fired non-lethal shots to quell prisoner unrest Saturday as they relocated inmates into individual cells, US military officials said. Officials at the US-run prison met with resistance from some inmates as they moved before dawn to relocate inmates from communal housing into individual cells.…

Judge frees man after 38 years behind bars

A US man convicted of murdering a young girl — a crime he always denied committing — is enjoying his first weekend of freedom in 38 years after a New York judge freed him. David Bryant was 18 when he was found guilty of beating, raping and killing Karen Smith,…

Iron Age burial site points to long-lost glories of Gaul

In a muddy field located between a motorway and a meander of the Seine southeast of Paris, French archaeologists have uncovered an Iron Age graveyard that they believe will shed light on the great yet enigmatic civilisation of Gaul. The site, earmarked for a warehouse project on the outskirts of…

‘Rust in hell’: Irish nationalists slam ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s hardline approach to IRA hunger strikers and her staunch support of Unionism means few nationalists in Northern Ireland are mourning her death. Thatcher presided over the province for more than a decade of strife, death and destruction as the “Troubles” raged. The Irish Republican Army…

Former PM Berlusconi calls for ‘stable’ Italian government or new elections

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday called for either a strong new government or a fresh round of votes, while centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani rapped his political rivals for grandstanding during a deadlock that followed inconclusive elections. Bersani’s coalition got the most votes in the February 24-25 ballot but failed…

New Senate immigration deal would include visas for 336,000 farm workers

Immigration reform: Farm-worker compromise brings bill a step closer to Senate floor (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A worker trims a Vidalia onion plant before planting its roots into the soil on a farm in Lyons, Ga. Immigration legislation aims to overhaul the nation’s agriculture worker…

Ecuador announces plans to launch first two satellites into space

Ecuador will launch its first satellite into space from China in two weeks, President Rafael Correa announced Saturday. “It’s not a satellite bought in another country, it’s a satellite made in Ecuador,” Correa said proudly during his weekly address of the homegrown engineering team. The “Pegaso” (pegasus) nanosatellite will be…

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