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Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher faces Christmas in the hospital

Britain’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher was in hospital Saturday recovering from a minor operation to remove a growth in her bladder and may remain there over Christmas, friends said. The 87-year-old “Iron Lady”, Britain’s first and only female premier, was doing “absolutely fine” having been admitted to hospital on…

Queen’s chaplain says Church of England has racism problem

Queen Elizabeth II’s chaplain Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, tipped to become one of Britain’s first women bishops, said Saturday that the Church of England is struggling with “institutional racism”. Jamaican-born Hudson-Wilkin, a chaplain to the monarch and also to parliament’s lower House of Commons, told The Times newspaper that she had…

Syria regime firing ‘Scud-style missiles,’ says NATO

NATO has accused the Syrian regime of firing Scud-style missiles at rebels, amid Russian criticism that the West’s “dangerous” stance risks bringing chaos to the country and beyond. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday called the Syrian army’s use of missiles against rebels an act of…

Russian parliament finalizes U.S. adoption ban

Russia’s lower house of parliament has given final approval to a contentious bill that retaliates against a new US human rights measure by barring Americans from adopting the country’s children. Washington swiftly slammed the move saying Russian children would be harmed by the measure. The State Duma passed the bill…

650 Chilean Madonna fans file complaints over too-short concert

At least 650 Madonna fans in Chile have filed complaints with the national consumer board after a concert this week started late and ended early. The consumer agency, which defends the rights of Chilean consumers, is talking with the concert organizer to determine why the concert started more than two…

Armed extremists kill Yemen women in alcohol raid

Armed extremists killed a woman in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden when they raided several homes whose owners allegedly have alcoholic drinks, residents and a security official said on Friday. “More than 10″ armed men on motorbikes stormed three houses in Aden’s Memdara neighbourhood on Thursday, residents said. The…

Iraqi finance minister’s guards held on terrorism charges

At least nine of the Iraqi finance minister’s guards are being held on terrorism charges, officials said on Friday after the minister demanded the premier’s resignation following their arrest. The dispute threatens to reignite a long-running feud between the secular, Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, of which Finance Minister Rafa al-Essawi is…

Europol fears deadly turf wars as biker gangs arrive in Europe

A wave of biker gangs from the US, Canada and Australia arriving in Europe has raised fears of deadly turf battle like the Nordic biker wars of the 1990s, European police agency Europol warned on Friday. Gangs such as the Comancheros and Rebels from Australia, Rock Machine from Canada and…

Georgia rebuilds Stalin monuments

A Joseph Stalin statue went back up in the Georgian village of Alvani on Friday in a sign of the slipping authority of President Mikheil Saakashvili, who had ordered its removal. The pro-Western president is serving out what some are calling a lame-duck term ahead of elections next year from…

Pope says future of mankind at stake over same sex marriage

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday weighed in on a heated debate over gay marriage, criticising new concepts of the traditional family and warning that in the fight for the family, mankind itself is at stake. “In the fight for the family, the very notion of being ? of what being…

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