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Five ultra-Orthodox Jewish men arrested for disrupting activist women praying at Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Jerusalem police on Friday arrested five ultra-Orthodox Jewish men trying to disrupt landmark prayers by female Jewish activists at the Western Wall plaza in the Holy City. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that 1,000 ultra-Orthodox men were being kept away from dozens of “Women of the Wall” activists conducting…

Former Church of England archbishop denies child abuse cover-up

A former Church of England archbishop has denied claims that he covered up allegations of child abuse against a senior clergyman, which were revealed in Friday’s Times. David Hope, who served as Archbishop of York between 1995 and 2005, said he “strongly resisted” accusations that he withheld from police claims…

Australian sky-gazers witness ‘ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse

Sky-gazers were treated to an annular solar eclipse in remote areas of Australia on Friday, with the Moon crossing in front of the Sun to leave a “ring of fire” around its silhouette. The eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun but is too…

Fannie Mae to pay $59.4 billion back to U.S. taxpayers in move seen to forestall debt limit battle

Repayment will boost Treasury coffers ahead of 18 May expiration of political deal over national debt limit The government-backed mortgage giant Fannie Mae is to pay $59.4bn back to US taxpayers, in a move that is likely to forestall a looming battle over the federal debt limit. The mortgage finance…

Meteorite crater reveals future of a globally warmed world

Lake sediments recorded the climate of the Arctic during the last period when CO2 levels were as high as today The future of a globally warmed world has been revealed in a remote meteorite crater in Siberia, where lake sediments recorded the strikingly balmy climate of the Arctic during the…

Traces of water in moon came from Earth: study

Lunar rocks brought home by US astronauts contain droplets of water chemically identical to that on ancient Earth Traces of water inside the moon were inherited from ancient Earth, according to a fresh analysis of lunar rocks brought home by US astronauts. The findings make for a clearer picture of…

Bangladesh’s collapsed building death toll passes 1,000

The death toll in Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster on Friday soared past 1,000 after more bodies were found in the rubble of a collapsed nine-storey building outside the capital Dhaka. Army spokesman Captain Shahnewaz Zakaria told AFP that the “death toll now stands at 1,006″ as the recovery operation entered…

California sues JPMorgan for allegedly harassing credit card customers

The US state of California filed suit Thursday against JPMorgan Chase, accusing the Wall Street bank of illegally abusing credit-card customers and misusing the court system to harass them with lawsuits. California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging the bank “committed debt collection…

House Republicans pass restrictive debt ceiling bill

The US House passed a Republican bill along party lines Thursday that lawmakers say would remove the threat of default, while requiring the government to prioritize its debt and pension payments. The legislation would allow the US Treasury to borrow beyond its legal limit in order to pay down government…

Obama ditches ‘doom and gloom’ of Washington to make new jobs push

Barack Obama ditched the “doom and gloom” of Washington Thursday to seek out dynamic job-creating hotspots of the US economy, which remains broadly sluggish four years into his presidency. Obama launched a new series of tours to parts of the United States where innovation and investment are creating a new…

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