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International Criminal Court hears formal complaint on priest sexual abuse

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague on Tuesday received a formal complaint on sexual abuse by Catholic priests, in a request that seeks the prosecution of Vatican officials for “rape, sexual violence and torture.” Filed by the U.S.-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in conjunction with the Survivors…

Merkel calls for calm as Obama urges action on euro

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried on Tuesday to reassure volatile markets that the eurozone will stay intact after US President Barack Obama urged greater efforts to solve the EU debt crisis. But the euro dropped against the dollar and European stock markets fell as concerns over Greece outweighed news that…

Taliban attack Afghan capital’s embassy district

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban suicide fighters launched an attack on central Kabul on Tuesday, taking over a multi-storey building under construction near the diplomatic district in the Afghan capital and firing rockets in the direction of several embassy and NATO compounds. The assault was the second major Taliban attack in the city in under…

Iran to pardon U.S. hikers jailed for spying

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said in interviews Tuesday that Iran would release two US hikers jailed for spying in a couple of days on bail which their lawyer said had been set at $500,000 each. “I am helping to arrange for their release in a couple of days so they will…

Al-Qaeda releases 9/11 anniversary video: SITE

Al-Qaeda has released a video marking the anniversary of 9/11 which includes a message from its slain leader Osama bin Laden to the American people, monitoring group SITE Intelligence said Tuesday. SITE said the 62-minute video titled “The Dawn of Imminent Victory” also includes a speech by Al-Qaeda’s new chief…

S.Korea ‘to propose’ sex slaves talks with Japan

South Korea plans to propose talks with Japan this week over wartime sex slaves, an issue that has long proved an irritant in relations between the two countries, according to Yonhap news agency. The move comes after South Korea’s constitutional court ruled last month in favour of former sex slaves…

Republicans look to snatch NY Democrat stronghold

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in a special US congressional election for a heavily Democratic area of New York City where Republicans are hoping to score an upset and send a message to the White House. The Ninth Congressional district in Queens and Brooklyn opened up in June when…

Four due in court on slavery charges

Four men charged with slavery offences following a police raid on a Travellers’ caravan site were due in court Tuesday over the treatment of four alleged victims. The accused, all from the same family, were to appear before Luton Magistrates’ Court charged with conspiring to holding a person in servitude…

Social networking top online activity in U.S.

US Internet users are spending nearly a quarter of their online time at blogs and social networks, with Facebook the most popular destination, according to a survey released by Nielsen. “Social media’s popularity continues to grow, connecting people with just about everything they watch and buy,” Nielsen said in a…

Amazon says tax delay will save jobs

Amazon said legislation allowing online retailers to delay for one year the collection of sales tax in California would save jobs and provide time for a national law to be drawn up. Debt-stricken California desperately needs revenue but a bill that could compel online shoppers to pay tax for the…

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