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UK police: 5 arrested in alleged threat to pope

British police say 5 men arrested in London over alleged threat to pope during his UK visit An alleged threat to Pope Benedict XVI led to the pre-dawn arrests of five men in London on Friday on the second day of the pontiff’s trip to Britain, police said. The Vatican…

Pope admits abuse failures on UK visit

EDINBURGH — Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday the Catholic Church had dropped its guard on paedophilia and had failed to deal with the issue quickly enough, as he began an historic state visit to Britain. The 83-year-old landed at Edinburgh airport before being driven to meet Queen Elizabeth to launch…

Victims of childhood abuse demand action from pope

On eve of pope’s visit, victims of childhood abuse demand Vatican hand over records on priests Victims of childhood abuse by clergy urged the Vatican to give secular authorities all information it holds on misbehaving priests, and said Wednesday that the pope’s visit this week to Britain would cause many…

Bill Clinton: New-look GOP makes Bush look liberal

Bill Clinton in Minn., says new-look Republican Party makes former President Bush look liberal. Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the Republican Party is embracing “ideology over evidence” and pushing out pragmatic voices that would make even his White House successor seem like a liberal. Clinton, speaking at a…

Priest sex abuse linked to 13 suicides in Belgium

Panel says witnesses link clergy sex abuse to at least 13 suicides in Belgium Hundreds of sex abuse victims have come forward in Belgium with harrowing accounts of molestation by Catholic clergy that reportedly led to at least 13 suicides and affected children as young as two, an independent Belgian…

FDA looks to curb abuse of cough medicine

FDA considers restricting ingredient in Robitussin and other cough medicines to curb abuse Federal health regulators are weighing restrictions on Robitussin, NyQuil and other cough suppressants to curb cases of abuse that send thousands of people to the hospital each year. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday posted its…

Chrysler’s ‘invisible monkey’ ad really ‘a giant finger to PETA’

There’s something about censorship that tends to make large numbers of people sympathize with the censored, almost no matter what kind of material is being shut out. That’s why it should be no surprise to the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), that their protest and…

Vatican pleased US plaintifs seek to dismiss case

Vatican expresses satisfaction after plaintiffs give up sex abuse case in Kentucky The Vatican said Tuesday it was satisfied that three men who had sought to hold the Vatican liable in an American court for sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have decided to abandon the case. The Kentucky case…

Vatican fast-tracks pedophile priest probe

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – The Vatican on Thursday issued new rules on the handling of abuse cases amid a worldwide scandal, ordering quicker investigations of paedophile priests and extending the statute of limitations. Announcing the measures in a bid to fend off accusations of high-level complacency, the Church also classified…

Army psychologists face Guantanamo abuse claim

Two Army psychologists helped perpetrate abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay including sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation, according to complaints filed Wednesday by human rights groups trying to have the psychologists’ state licenses revoked. The San Francisco-based Center for Justice & Accountability filed a complaint against Dr. John Leso with…

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