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U.S. sees Vatican as potential money laundering hub

WASHINGTON — The US State Department for the first time listed the Vatican as potentially vulnerable to money laundering, along with 67 other countries. The department’s annual International Narcotics Control Strategy report listed the Vatican as a “jurisdiction of concern” along with countries like Albania, the Czech Republic, Egypt, South…

Campaign to arrest Uganda rebel chief Joseph Kony goes viral

WASHINGTON — A campaign to bring accused war criminal Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels, to justice has gone viral on the Internet. The hashtag “#stopkony” was among top trending topics on Twitter on Wednesday, vying for the top spot with tweets about the new…

Canadian woman claims parking a human right

OTTAWA — A Canadian woman has launched a human rights complaint against the city of Ottawa for refusing to let her to park in front of her home in a historic district, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday. Pamela Howson has alleged discrimination in a case before the Ontario Human Rights…

Hacker group Anonymous takes down Vatican website

The hacking group Anonymous took down several Vatican websites on Wednesday, saying it was targeting the “corrupt” Catholic Church, a day after a high-profile bust of the group’s alleged leaders. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic…

Israel troops carry out Gaza incursion

Israeli troops entered northern Gaza on Wednesday, briefly sealing the Erez border crossing between the Palestinian territory andIsrael, Hamas officials said. “Occupation forces moved into the northern Gaza Strip and began bulldozing work and closed the Erez crossing to travellers,” the interior ministry of the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gazasaid in a statement. Witnesses told AFP that two Israeli…

UN sends aid chief to Syria

UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos headed for Syria on Wednesday to urge the regime to allow aid into battered protest cities, as US President Barack Obama insisted military intervention would be a “mistake”. A Chinese envoy sent to discuss ways to end the bloodshed in Syria, meanwhile, was to discuss a six-point peace plan with Foreign Minister…

Stolen wages offer to Aborigines ‘heartless’

A rich Australian state’s plan to pay up to Aus$2,000 (US$2,106) to Aboriginal people whose wages were kept from them for decades has been criticised as a “cruel and heartless offer”. Western Australia, a vast and resource-rich state riding a lucrative mining boom, has announced the payments for the “stolen…

Sarkozy says ‘we have too many foreigners’ in France

President Nicolas Sarkozy declared on Tuesday that there are too many immigrants in France, as the country’s presidential election campaign became caught up in issues of religion and identity. Defending a re-election campaign promise to cut the number of new arrivals in half, Sarkozy bluntly declared that France’s attempts to…

Head of French breast implant firm jailed

MARSEILLE — The founder of the French breast implant company at the heart of a global health scare was jailed after failing to pay his bail, a source said. Jean-Claude Mas, 72, was jailed at Marseille’s Baumette prison, the source said, requesting anonymity. His lawyer could not be contacted for…

IKEA unions meet in Turkey for global alliance

ISTANBUL — IKEA trade union leaders from around the world met in Istanbul on Tuesday to launch a global alliance to standardise labour practices in every store in the Swedish furniture chain. “We want the good practices applied to IKEA workers in many countries to be implemented all over the…

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