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Colombia Catholic Church church ordered to pay abuse victims $240,000

A Colombian court has ordered the Catholic Church here to pay the parents of two children abused by a priest $240,000, a first in this devoutly Catholic country, church officials said. The church has appealed the judgment handed down by a court in the city of Ibague against the dioceses…

Fighters who shot down U.S. chopper are alive: Taliban

KABUL — The Taliban insisted Thursday that the fighters who shot down a US helicopter, killing 38 troops in Afghanistan, were still alive, despite a US announcement that they had been killed. US General John Allen, commander of the NATO-led international force in Afghanistan, said Wednesday that those responsible for…

Female suicide bomber hits Pakistan

A female suicide attacker and a handcart bomb targeted Pakistani police on Thursday, killing seven people in the first deadly attacks to hit the northwest during Ramadan, officials said. The city of Peshawar, where the bombs struck, is on the frontline of a Taliban insurgency and borders Pakistan’s lawless tribal…

Five NATO troops killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

A bomb attack on Thursday killed five NATO troops in southern Afghanistan, the main battleground with the Taliban, the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. “Five International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today,” an ISAF statement said, without giving…

Scarred London opens for business after riots

After a relatively quiet night on London’s streets, life started to return to normal Thursday following four nights of rioting that have left homes and shops in ruins and four people dead. The owners of shops and cafes in districts of the British capital where rioters looted and set fire…

Britons use social networking to expose rioters

LONDON — Britons took to social networking sites on Wednesday to expose the rioters who went on the rampage for four nights, posting photos of masked gangs looting and hurling missiles. Much of the violence, which started in London but has since spread to other parts of the country, was…

Women U.S. senators press Clinton on Myanmar rapes

Twelve women US senators accused Myanmar’s regime on Wednesday of using rape as a “weapon of war” and urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pressure the government to halt the practice. “Given the Burmese regime’s unabated use of rape as a weapon of war, we urge you to call…

London quiet as other British cities still plague by riots

LONDON (Reuters) – Youths fought running battles with police in English cities and towns overnight but London, where thousands of extra police were deployed, was largely peaceful after three turbulent nights in which youths rampaged in parts of the capital virtually unchecked. Manchester and Liverpool in the northwest and Birmingham…

Manchester riots on scale not seen in 30 years: police

LONDON — The rioting and looting that hit Manchester was an act of “senseless violence and senseless criminality” on a scale not witnessed in 30 years, a senior police officer said Tuesday. The violence, committed by people with “nothing to protest against”, has brought “shame on the streets” of the…

Chile riot police clash with protesting students

SANTIAGO — Chilean riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons Tuesday to disperse violent protesters on the fringe of an otherwise peaceful student demonstration in the capital Santiago. Tens of thousands of teachers, students, parents and sympathetic labor activists marched in downtown Santiago for the fifth time in…

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