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Pope creates three new saints

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI created three new saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday in recognition of their missionary and social work with a canonisation mass in St Peter’s Square. “Christians can show the world God’s love by loving their neighbour. Today, the Church shows its members three…

Afghan suicide attack targets interior minister

KABUL — Security guards shot dead a suicide bomber on Sunday who tried to assassinate Afghan Interior Minister Bismullah Khan in an area north of Kabul, a spokesman for the ministry told AFP. The failed attempt on Khan, who once fought against the Taliban, comes as the north of Afghanistan…

Bolivia cancels controversial Amazon highway

LA PAZ — Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Friday he was scrapping a hugely controversial plan to build a highway through an Amazon ecological reserve that has triggered widespread protests. Morales told reporters he had sent an amendment to Congress, controlled by government supporters, halting plans for the road through…

A ‘peace community’ in war-ravaged Colombia

SAN JOSE DE APARTADO, Colombia — The scene in rural Colombia might have been lifted from a picture postcard. Horses graze in a pasture and children scamper among flowering trees. But the idyllic image belies the stark realities of life in San Jose de Apartado, a “peace community” in northwestern…

Tunisians begin voting in first ‘Arab Spring’ vote

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisians began voting on Sunday in the first election of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, and were expected to hand a share of power to Islamists for the first time. The election, the first free vote in Tunisia’s history, will set a standard for other Arab countries where…

Police break up ‘Occupy Sydney’ protest in raid

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Police broke up a Sydney protest camp inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in an early morning raid on Sunday, making dozens of arrests, police and protesters said. The ‘Occupy Sydney’ protest against corporate greed and economic inequality in the Martin Place business district had been…

Tens of thousands protest Spain education cuts

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Madrid on Saturday to protest cuts in education spending imposed by the Socialist government to stabilise the debt-burdened nation’s finances. “For sale — Public education” read banners hoisted by demonstrators who flocked to Madrid from across Spain following a rally call from a…

Russia reveals visa blacklist, includes high-ranking U.S. officials

Russia said Saturday it had put high-ranking US officials implicated in “human rights crimes” on a visa blacklist, warning Washington against increasing diplomatic pressure over the prison death of a lawyer. Washington had earlier outraged Moscow by banning visas for an unspecified number of Russian officials linked to the 2009…

U.S. warns of ‘imminent’ attack threat in Kenya

The US embassy in Nairobi warned Americans of an “imminent threat” of attacks possibly targeting foreigners, one week after Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia to hunt down Shebab fighters. The embassy cited “credible information of an imminent threat of terrorist attacks directed at prominent Kenyan facilities and areas where foreigners…

Libyan PM says he wishes Gaddafi had not been killed

LONDON (Reuters) – Libya’s Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said in an interview with the BBC on Saturday he wished former dictator Muammar Gaddafi had not been killed and instead had been put on trial for his crimes. Gaddafi’s body remained on public display in Libya on Saturday, bearing wounds assumed…

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