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Angelina Jolie joins overseas anti-rape campaign

Hollywood star and United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie was to join forces with Britain’s foreign minister on Tuesday to launch a dedicated British team to combat and prevent sexual violence overseas. A screening of Jolie’s film “In The Land Of Blood and Honey”, a love story set against the backdrop…

Guardian journalist cleared in phone hacking scandal

Prosecutors decided on Tuesday not to charge a journalist from the Guardian newspaper and a Scotland Yard detective over leaks of sensitive information relating to the phone hacking scandal. The Crown Prosecution Service said it would not be in the public interest to charge Amelia Hill, the Guardian’s special investigations…

Americans more pessimistic about economy in May

Americans became slightly more pessimistic about the economy in May, a survey showed Tuesday, with consumers saying their opinion of the current situation and expectations of the future had weakened. The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index declined from 68.7 in April to 64.9 in May. “Consumers were less…

Pope Benedict XVI says butler whistleblower betrayed him

Pope Benedict XVI feels betrayed by his butler, who was arrested during an investigation into Vatican whistle blowers, and is determined to root moles out, spokesman Federico Lombardi said Tuesday. “The pope is a witness to a case which touches him closely. It is a trial for him. He is…

NATO claims credit for killing Al-Qaeda second-in-command in Pakistan

NATO said Tuesday that Al-Qaeda’s second in command in Afghanistan had been killed in an air strike near the Pakistani border. The US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.…

Women and Christians fear Islamic outcome in Egypt elections

Egypt’s Islamist presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi sought on Tuesday to reassure Coptic Christians and women, who fear a conservative Islamist in power could threaten their freedoms. “Our Christian brothers, let’s be clear, are national partners and have full rights like Muslims,” Mursi told a press conference, as political upheaval and…

Doctors say anti-abortion activists could exploit UK clinic inspections

Recent inspections of abortion clinics by the Care Quality Commission could be used by politically motivated groups and “recruited into an orchestrated approach to restrict abortion”, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has privately warned the NHS’s medical director. The Guardian has seen strongly worded correspondence to Professor Sir…

NATO: Senior Al-Qaeda militant killed in Afghanistan

NATO said Tuesday that Al-Qaeda’s second in command inAfghanistan had been killed in an air strike near the Pakistani border. The US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Musthaq and Nasim, commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops. It described him as Al-Qaeda’s “second highest leader…

U.S. envoy under fire in Russia after ‘shocking’ speech

Washington’s controversial ambassador to Moscow was forced to defend himself through Twitter on Tuesday after the Russian foreign ministry furiously condemned a speech he made as shocking. Ambassador Michael McFaul – a top former foreign policy aide ofPresident Barack Obama who arrived in Russia in January — became the talk of state television this weekend for reportedly accusing the Kremlin of…

Japan firm unveils radiation-gauging smartphone

Mobile phone operator Softbank on Tuesday unveiled a smartphone that can measure radiation as consumers in Japanclamour for reassurance following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. The latest model in the firm’s Pantone series comes complete with a sensor that enables users to see at the touch of a button how much radiation they are…

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