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Libyans offer new graves as proof of civilian dead

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At a clifftop cemetery overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Libyans buried their dead, killed, government officials said, by Western bombs. At an event for escorted foreign reporters, pro-government Libyans raged against western warplanes and missiles they said had spewed death over the Libyan capital at the weekend. The mourners…

UCLA student quits over ‘appalling’ Japan YouTube rant

LOS ANGELES – A US student whose “appalling” anti-Asian and anti-Japanese rant went viral on YouTube announced she was quitting college, after receiving death threats. The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) undergraduate said the video had led to “the harassment of my family … death threats and being…

Pope’s book says Jesus was no ‘political revolutionary’

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has rejected the idea of Jesus as a “revolutionary”, saying he used the “power of love” in a new book in which he also says the Jews were not responsible for Christ’s death. Jesus “does not come as a destroyer. He does not come…

Afghan civilian deaths hit new high

KABUL — Last year was the deadliest yet for civilians in the Afghan war with a 15 percent jump in the death toll, the UN said in a report Wednesday which laid bare the conflict’s impact on ordinary people. The 2,777 deaths underscore the level of violence in the country…

Pope: Jews Are Not Responsible For The Death Of Jesus

In the second book in his series Jesus of Nazareth, set for release on March 10, Pope Benedict XVI says that the Jews are not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus Christ, reports the Associated Press. Though it is not the first time the Church has made that argument…

Aussie opposition chief in Afghan gaffe row

SYDNEY — Australia’s gaffe-prone opposition leader Tony Abbott was engulfed in a new row Wednesday over an unguarded comment about a soldier’s death in Afghanistan. Abbott hit out at media after TV station Channel Seven showed him rudely describing that things “happen” while discussing the death of Lance Corporal Jared…

US states search for new lethal injection drugs

Stunned by a company’s decision to stop production of a drug used for lethal injections, American death-penalty states are struggling to find alternatives, and have seen a slowdown in the number of executions. “Many states are having to change their method of execution — that means regulatory changes that have…

German firms vow to stop selling execution drug to US

Germany’s leading medical association, along with pharmaceutical manufacturers in the country, pledged Monday that they would not sell a drug necessary for lethal injections to the US. In a letter to the companies, German Health Minister Philipp Roesler had asked that wholesalers not supply the US sodium thiopental or any…

Illinois set to abolish death penalty

CHICAGO – Illinois was poised to become the first state since 2009 to abolish the death penalty after the state Senate approved the ban on Tuesday and sent it to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn for his signature. The Senate vote came after House approval late last week. The Senate vote…

Stoning of Iran woman could be quashed: judiciary

TEHRAN — The sentence of death by stoning handed down by an Iranian court against a mother of two could be quashed, a senior judiciary official said on Sunday, adding that some ambiguities remain in her case. When asked by Fars news agency whether the stoning sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi…

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