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Dead nurse who received hoax call found hanged

By Caroline Davies, The Guardian Jacintha Saldanha was discovered at flat near King Edward VII hospital where Duchess of Cambridge was being treated The nurse found dead after a hoax call to the hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was found hanged, the Guardian understands. Jacintha Saldanha, 46, a…

UN: Three-quarters of Pakistani girls aren’t enrolled in school

ISLAMABAD — Nearly three quarters of young Pakistani girls are not enrolled in primary school and the number finishing five years in education has declined, a new UN and government report showed Wednesday. The findings expose the miserable state of education for millions in Pakistan, where the Taliban shot 15-year-old…

UN to vote in favor of universal health care

UN general assembly vote could put access to quality and affordable healthcare for all on new development agenda The UN general assembly is expected to vote in favour of a resolution for universal health coverage on Wednesday, reflecting a growing international consensus on the importance of affordable access to healthcare. The UN…

Uruguayan congress moves to legalize same sex marriage

Uruguayan lawmakers approved a bill early Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage and sent it on to the Senate. The Chamber of Deputies approved the measure after eight hours of debate, with 81 votes in favor out of 87 legislators present. The result was greeted with thunderous applause from around 200…

Paris’ famed Notre Dame cathedral turns 850

Quasimodo only had eyes for Esmerelda but the famous hunchback’s fellow Parisians have always had another special lady in their lives. Notre Dame (Our Lady), the iconic cathedral at the heart of the French capital, will on Wednesday launch a year of celebrations to mark the 850th anniversary of its…

Egypt splits constitution vote into two rounds

Egypt’s vote on a divisive draft charter will take place in two rounds, its electoral commission said, after the army urged President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents to meet Wednesday over the crisis. Cairo’s presidential palace and surrounding streets were calm after a mass demonstration calling for Morsi’s ouster, condemning…

Jerusalem sites sprayed with anti-Christian graffiti

Vandals sprayed anti-Christian graffiti on a monastery and a Christian cemetery in Jerusalem overnight, in two apparent “price-tag” attacks, police told AFP on Wednesday. “Overnight, graffiti was sprayed on the gates of the entrance of the Armenian cemetery reading ‘Jesus is a son of a bitch’ in Hebrew, and on…

International energy group raises oil demand estimate

Global thirst for oil will be slightly stronger than expected in the last quarter of 2012 because of demand from China and despite a sharp cutback in Europe recently, the International Energy Agency forecast on Wednesday. The IEA raised its estimate for global demand in the last three months of…

Ex-Russian cop on trial for journalist’s murder

A former Russian police officer was to go on trial Wednesday on charges of involvement in the murder of crusading anti-Kremlin journalist Anna Politkovskaya, with mystery still surrounding who ordered the killing. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov has been charged with murder for being part of a criminal group that gunned down the…

Thousands take part in mass 12/12/12 weddings

Thousands of couples in Hong Kong, mainland China and Singapore flocked Wednesday to tie the knot on 12/12/12, seeking good fortune for marriages begun on the century’s last repeating date. Authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore respectively said 696 and 540 couples were scheduled to attend marriage registries, continuing a…

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