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Vatican leaks rumble Pope Benedict as butler is arrested

The Vatican is hunting for the masterminds of leaks that have enraged the Holy See, with few believing the pope’s arrested butler was behind the scandal, Italian media reported on Sunday. Vatican officials confirmed Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI’s personal butler Paolo Gabriele was arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents from the pontiff’s private study…

‘No reason’ to cede on 20% enriched uranium: Iran

Tehran has “no reason” to suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent — one of the key demands of world powers engaging Iran in talks — the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation said. “We have no reason to cede on 20 percent, because we produce only as much…

Carter: Egypt polls ‘encouraging’ despite constraints

CAIRO — Former US President Jimmy Carter, who is leading a delegation monitoring Egypt’s first post-revolt presidential election, said on Saturday the process was “encouraging” despite unprecedented constraints. “I would say that these (elections) have been encouraging to me,” he told a news conference in Cairo, but added that his…

India’s Hampi heritage site families face eviction from historic ruins

Hampi’s 2,000 temples and ancient stones attract half a million pilgrims and tourists each year. Conservationists want the site in Karnataka restored to its medieval glory – but the price is the eviction of those who live in its old bazaar, reports Gethin Chamberlain The men came in the middle…

Queen Elizabeth marks diamond jubilee on popular wave

Millions of people will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee in Britain as the monarch marks 60 years on the throne in the knowledge that the royal family has never been more popular. The celebrations reach a climax over four days from June 2 to June 5 with a 1,000-boat…

Law meant to stifle demonstrations buoys Quebec’s student protesters

A wave of student protests against tuition hikes in Quebec is evolving into a broader campaign against a hastily passed law that aimed to stifle the demonstrations but has so far reinvigorated them. Protesters took to the streets in pouring rain Friday for a 32nd consecutive night as the focus…

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge turns 75

San Francisco on Sunday will mark the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, the distinctive orange vermilion structure that attracts some 10 million visitors each year. The city’s waterfront is hosting a massive celebration complete with dance, music, vintage cars and motorcycles, as well as a fireworks show for…

Greenpeace blocks Brazil port over Amazon law

Greenpeace temporarily blocked a freighter from being loaded at a northern Brazilian port in protest over a partial presidential veto of a land-use bill seen as harming the Amazon. The environmental group said on its website on Saturday that activists ferried by its Rainbow Warrior vessel occupied a giant pile of pig iron on…

Storm threatens big U.S. beach weekend

The southeastern US coast braced for the arrival of a subtropical storm that threatened Memorial Day holiday plans for hordes of beachgoers. Subtropical storm Beryl formed overnight in the Atlantic off the coast of South Carolina as rains generated by Bud — once a hurricane but now a rapidly weakening tropical depression — pelted Mexico’s Pacific coast. As Mexican authorities breathed…

SpaceX capsule has ‘new car’ smell, astronauts say

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vessel smells like a new car, said astronauts at the International Space Station after opening the hatches Saturday following the spacecraft’s landmark mission to the orbiting lab. The California-based SpaceX on Friday became the first commercial outfit to send its own unmanned cargo capsule to the ISS, heralding…

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