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Pope Benedict XVI says butler whistleblower betrayed him

Pope Benedict XVI feels betrayed by his butler, who was arrested during an investigation into Vatican whistle blowers, and is determined to root moles out, spokesman Federico Lombardi said Tuesday. “The pope is a witness to a case which touches him closely. It is a trial for him. He is…

NATO claims credit for killing Al-Qaeda second-in-command in Pakistan

NATO said Tuesday that Al-Qaeda’s second in command in Afghanistan had been killed in an air strike near the Pakistani border. The US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops.…

Women and Christians fear Islamic outcome in Egypt elections

Egypt’s Islamist presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi sought on Tuesday to reassure Coptic Christians and women, who fear a conservative Islamist in power could threaten their freedoms. “Our Christian brothers, let’s be clear, are national partners and have full rights like Muslims,” Mursi told a press conference, as political upheaval and…

Doctors say anti-abortion activists could exploit UK clinic inspections

Recent inspections of abortion clinics by the Care Quality Commission could be used by politically motivated groups and “recruited into an orchestrated approach to restrict abortion”, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has privately warned the NHS’s medical director. The Guardian has seen strongly worded correspondence to Professor Sir…

NATO: Senior Al-Qaeda militant killed in Afghanistan

NATO said Tuesday that Al-Qaeda’s second in command inAfghanistan had been killed in an air strike near the Pakistani border. The US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said Saudi-born Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Musthaq and Nasim, commanded foreign fighters and directed attacks on NATO and Afghan troops. It described him as Al-Qaeda’s “second highest leader…

Fury of Turkey’s women as PM likens abortion to murder

Some 300 women are to protest to the Turkish governmentTuesday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked fury among women’s rights advocates by likening abortion to murder. Activists have expressed outrage at the premier’s remarks, branding him a “woman’s enemy.” The representatives from women’s associations will meet Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Sahin, who has…

Pakistan cleric arrested over dancing death decree

Police in Pakistan on Tuesday arrested a Muslim cleric accused of sentencing six people to death for singing and dancing at a wedding in the north of the country. “Police have arrested a cleric and his companion for issuing the death decree, but they totally denied it,” local administration officialAqal Badshah Khattak told AFP. “The…

Eight killed as Italy hit by new quake

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake which struck northeast Italy on Tuesday killed eight people and injured several others, police told the ANSA news agency. Three people were killed in San Felice del Panaro when a factory collapsed, two others died in the town of Mirandola, one in Concordia and one in Finale, police captain Salvatore Iannizzotto in Modena said.…

UN says most victims in Syria town were massacre

Most of the victims of the massacre in the Syrian town of Houlawere summarily executed, the UN rights body said on Tuesday, amid global outrage over the killings. “It’s believed that under 20 of the 108 killings can be attributed to artillery and tank fire,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “Most…

Egyptian runoff candidate’s HQ torched in Cairo

Unidentified assailants set fire to the headquarters of Egypt’s runoff presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq on Monday after officials said he would face a Muslim Brotherhood candidate in the second round. An annex in Shafiq’s headquarters in Cairo went up in flames hours after election officials announced that the former premier,…

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