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Iran pays Russian women to cover up in nuclear plant: MP

Iran is paying Russian women working as technicians at its sole nuclear power plant to adhere to the Islamic dress code, an Iranian lawmaker told the ISNA news agency on Tuesday. Women in Iran, regardless of their nationality or religion, are required to cover their hair and much of the…

Church live-tweets Anglican leader’s last Christmas sermon

The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury gave his final Christmas Day sermon on Tuesday, live-tweeted by the Anglican leader’s office for the first time. Rowan Williams, who steps down at the end of December after a decade as leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans, acknowledged in the sermon that the…

Syrian Christians ‘pray for peace’

In the heart of Damascus, more than 1,000 people attended Christmas mass on Monday, praying for peace to return to Syria, after almost two years of bloodshed. “I pray that peace and safety returns to the hearts of all Syrians,” said Heba Shawi, 24, a Catholic attending mass at Notre…

Israeli PM aims to deport tens of thousands of Africans

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he aims to repatriate tens of thousands of African illegal migrants and that the inflow into Israel from the Sinai peninsula has been brought to a halt. “Our aim is to repatriate tens of thousands of infiltrators now in Israel to their countries of…

Cancer treatment might not derail Venezuelan president’s inauguration

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez could be sworn in before the Supreme Court even if his cancer treatment keeps him out of the country beyond his January 10 inauguration date, his vice president said Monday. Nicolas Maduro said the constitution will be applied, without indicating whether Chavez would be sworn in…

Pope Benedict XVI hits back at critics in Christmas Eve mass

Pope Benedict XVI said in his Christmas Eve mass on Monday that religion can be corrupted, leading to violence and wars, but refuted critics who claim that denying God’s existence would lead to peace. “It is true that religion can become corrupted… when people think they have to take God?s…

Israel recognizes first settler university in the West Bank

Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Monday confirmed a government decision to officially recognise the status of the first settler university established in the occupied West Bank. “Defence Minister Ehud Barak tonight ordered General Nitzan Allon, the military commander of the central region (covering the West Bank), to proclaim the university…

Former British PM Thatcher set to spend Christmas in hospital

Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was in hospital for a fifth day on Monday as she recovers from bladder surgery, a spokeswoman said. There was no change in Thatcher’s condition from Sunday when the 87-year-old was said to be “in good spirits”, the spokeswoman added. The former premier was…

Three years after the quake, Haitian refugees fight Christmas misery

While people around the world celebrate the arrival of Christmas, residents of a refugee camp in Haiti say hunger and want will mark the holiday, like every other day of the year. “There are no wreaths, no Christmas trees,” said Titelma Cherival, 54, still living in a makeshift refugee camp…

‘Lost tribe’ members migrate from India to Israel

Fifty members of an Indian community believed to be descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israel arrived on Monday in the Jewish state, completing their immigration. Linking up with family members who have already settled in Israel, they are among the first wave of the 7,200-strong Bnei Menashe…

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