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North Korea carries out third nuclear test

North Korea on Tuesday staged its most powerful nuclear test yet, claiming a breakthrough with a “miniaturised” device in a striking act of defiance to global powers including its sole patron China. The communist state said it had staged its third test with a “successful” underground detonation, in a riposte…

Sex abuse victims on Benedict’s abdication: ‘We won’t miss this pope’

For the legions of people whose childhoods and adult lives were wrecked by sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the Roman Catholic clergy, Pope Benedict XVI is an unloved pontiff who will not be missed. Victims of the epidemic of sex- and child-abuse scandals that erupted under Benedict’s papacy…

Bangladesh approves law to execute convicted war criminals

Bangladesh’s cabinet approved on Monday changes to war crime laws to ensure opposition leaders on trial for alleged atrocities during the nation’s 1971 independence war can be swiftly executed if convicted. The move came amid huge demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people in Dhaka for the past seven days…

Italian journalist gets pope scoop because she knew Latin

An Italian journalist who beat the world’s media on Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign got the scoop on the utterly unexpected news thanks to her knowledge of Latin. “Our Vatican expert Giovanna Chirri was listening to the pope’s speech,” the ANSA news agency’s head of information Luigi Contu told…

Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Catholic Church in a state of crisis

Pope Benedict XVI will leave behind a Catholic Church grappling with crises from child abuse scandals involving priests to confronting radical Islam as well as struggling to find its place in an increasingly secular Western world. German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who will step down at the end of this month…

Iranian ambassador: ‘High five’ with female MP didn’t break Islamic law

The Iranian ambassador to Germany is insisting that he did not break Islamic law by touching a female member of parliament with a “high five” greeting because he says the contact was accidental. The German magazine Spiegel reported last week that Ali Reza Sheik Attar was caught on video “high-fiving”…

Pope’s brother has known of resignation ‘for a few months’

The pope’s brother said on Monday he has known “for a few months” that Benedict XVI was planning to resign and confirmed that the 85-year-old pontiff was “feeling the burden of his age”. Georg Ratzinger told AFP: “The reason for his resignation is indeed that he is feeling the burden…

Nigerian, Ghanan and Canadian cardinals floated to succeed Pope Benedict XVI

Francis Arinze of Nigeria, Peter Turkson of Ghana and Marc Ouellet of Canada were among the cardinals hotly tipped by bookmakers on Monday to take over from Pope Benedict XVI. William Hill bookmakers named 80-year-old Arinze as their favourite to replace the pontiff following Monday’s shock announcement of the pontiff’s…

France maintains a small but passionate band of horsemeat lovers

“A good roast or a really nice steak – fabulous! Burgers are good too but the way I really like it is raw, minced and served with a garlicky vinaigrette!” Luc Friedrich is a member of France’s dwindling but dedicated band of horsemeat lovers, and it seems the current food…

Russian figure skating icon sues TV commentator over plastic surgery jibe

Figure skating icon Yevgeny Plushenko has launched legal action for defamation against a Russian commentator for Eurosport for claiming that a recent operation was only a public relations stunt, his lawyer said Monday. Plushenko is suing the pan-European channel’s Russian language commentator Andrei Zhurankov, the 2006 Olympic champion’s lawyer Tatiana…

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