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New, smallest moon found orbiting Pluto

PLUTO may have been kicked out of the planet club, but it has gained yet another companion. Scientists have announced the discovery of the smallest moon yet around the icy orb, bringing the count of its known moons to five. "We’re not finished searching yet," said Hal Weaver…

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Hollande, Cameron laugh off differences

AFP – French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron tried Tuesday to laugh off a rocky start to their relationship despite lingering differences over the eurozone crisis. Hollande also met Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle near London on his one-day visit, the socialist leader’s first trip to fellow NATO ally and EU heavyweight Britain since he ...

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Is American Catholicism fallen in idolatry?

Related topics Christian Beliefelection 2012Barack ObamaHHS mandateabortion Advertisement With Regular Sunday Catholic Mass attendance at 23% in the United States and 54% of Catholics voting for Barack Obama in 2008, we have a numerical recipe for disaster! While Bishops pander to the crowd and ‘threaten’ to ban so-called-Catholic-Pro-Choice-politicians from the Eucharist, the number of babies aborted under the reign of ...

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International Criminal Court hands out first sentencing

The International Criminal Court sentenced Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in jail for using child soldiers in his rebel army, handing down its first sentence a decade after its inception. homas Lubanga Dyilo listens to the first sentence delivered by the International Criminal Court at the ICC courtroom in the Hague Photo: Reuters 6:40PM BST 10 Jul 2012 ...

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International Criminal Court Issues First Sentence

PARIS — The International Criminal Court in The Hague sentenced a Congolese warlord to 14 years in prison on Tuesday for using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003. The sentence was the first imposed by the court in its history. Thomas Lubanga, a former psychologist turned warlord, was found guilty in March of “widespread” use of ...

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Dereliction of Duty

Observers of African affairs are accustomed to disappointments. But surely one of the bitterest of late has been the Obama administration’s scandalous failure to address the situation in the mineral-rich, eastern border provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There, for sixteen years, a conflict has dragged on that rivals or exceeds the Holocaust in lethality. Five to six ...

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Operations to help displaced Malians threatened by low funding – UN refugee agency

A refugee site at Sinegodar near the Mali-Niger border hosts thousands of Malian refugees. Photo: UNHCR/H. Caux10 July 2012 – The operation to support Malian refugees is threatened by a critically low level of funding, the UN refugee agency said today, adding that it and its partners are struggling to provide a basic level of humanitarian standards for the displaced. ...

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Misery for pensioners as annuity rates fall to new lows

Annuity rates – which determine the retirement income of millions of pension savers – keep falling. Annuity rates could be pushed lower still, perhaps by as much as 20pc, by new EU rules Photo: HOWARD McWILLIAM tag –> By Richard Evans 3:47PM BST 10 Jul 2012 Comments The latest findings from the MGM Advantage Annuity Index, which tracks the income ...

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Palestinians cautiously advance Arafat probe

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – A week after fresh allegations that their late leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned, Palestinian officials are still discussing behind closed doors when and how to exhume his body for examination. Revelations about the former president’s unexplained death in 2004 could stir more turmoil in the Palestinians’ already deeply divided ranks. “The team must follow procedures, ...

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