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Pope Benedict XVI refuses to allow communion for Catholic divorcees

Pope Benedict XVI has made an attempt to appease remarried Catholic divorcees by calling on parishes to integrate them, but he is a long way from changing the rules, Vatican watchers said Monday. Amid increasing calls from reformist Catholic groups to change Church attitudes towards divorcees and allow them to…

Kuwait tweeter sentenced to 10 years for insulting Prophet Mohammed

A lower court in Kuwait sentenced a Shiite tweeter to 10 years in jail on Monday on charges of insulting Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, his wife Aisha and companions, his lawyer Khaled al-Shatti said. “We plan to challenge the ruling against my client Hamad al-Naqi in the appeals court and we…

Norwegian killer judge caught playing solitaire during court proceedings

One of the five judges in the trial against Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last year, was caught on camera playing solitaire online during proceedings on Monday. In a screen capture published on the website of newspaper Verdens Gang, one of the three…

Hospitalized Prince Philip will miss diamond jubilee celebrations

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s 90-year-old husband, was hospitalised Monday with a bladder infection and will miss the rest of her diamond jubilee celebrations, Buckingham Palace said. The new health scare comes less than six months after he suffered chest pains during the royal family’s Christmas break and had to…

Officials: U.S. missiles kill 15 in Pakistan

US missiles killed 15 militants in Pakistan’s Taliban and Al-Qaeda stronghold of North Waziristan on Monday, the third drone strike in three days and the deadliest this year, officials said. The attack looked set to inflame tensions with Islamabad ahead of a visit by a US assistant defence secretary, Peter Lavoy, on a mission to persuade Pakistan…

Colombian drug lord captured in Venezuela

One of the top leaders of Los Rastrojos, a powerful drug carteloperating near the border between Venezuela and Colombia, has been captured by Venezuelan authorities, the government said. Diego Perez Enao, also known as Diego Rastrojo, was seized Sunday in the town of Rojas de Barinas following a weeks-long intelligence operation, Venezuelan Interior and Justice Minister Tareck El…

Protesters keep up pressure after Mubarak verdicts

Egyptian activists who spearheaded the revolt that toppledpresident Hosni Mubarak have called for mass demonstrations on Tuesday to protest against verdicts handed down in the strongman’s murder trial. Mubarak Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adly were sentenced to life in prison on Saturday but six security commanders were acquitted over the…

Nigeria recovers bodies after plane crash

Nigerian rescuers recovered burnt human remains as investigators probed for clues on Monday after a plane slammed into a Lagosneighbourhood, with all 153 on board killed and more feared dead on the ground. Police fired tear gas at a surging crowd seeking to get a look at thecrash site at one point…

Four found guilty of Danish newspaper attack plot

A Danish court on Monday found four men guilty of “terrorism” over a plot to kill the staff of a newspaper that first published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The three Swedish nationals and one Tunisian living in Sweden had pleaded not guilty to the terrorism charges, but a district…

UN atomic agency to hold nuclear talks with Iran

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have agreed to hold talks in Vienna on Friday, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Monday, calling on Tehran to sign a deal clarifying issues over its atomic drive. “A meeting between Iran and the agency has been scheduled for 8 June in Vienna,” Amano told the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board of…

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