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European bishops slam Saudi fatwa against Gulf churches

PARIS — Christian bishops in Germany, Austria and Russia have sharply criticized Saudi Arabia’s top religious official after reports that he issued a fatwa saying all churches on the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed. In separate statements on Friday, the Roman Catholic bishops in Germany and Austria slammed the ruling by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh as an unacceptable denial ...

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Machine-gun attack on Russian banker in London

German Gorbuntsov was shot several times, possibly with a sub-machine gun, as he entered an exclusive block of serviced flats near Canary Wharf. Last night the businessman was under armed guard in an unnamed London hospital where he was in a critical but stable condition. It was reported that he had been put in a medically induced coma and was ...

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UN condemns Mali coup, World Bank stops aid

The UN Security Council has condemned the coup in Mali while top officials said fallout from the Libya civil war had increased the frustration of soldiers who ousted the president. Security Council members “strongly condemn the forcible seizure of power from the democratically-elected government of Mali by some elements of the Malian armed forces,” said a council statement. The 15-nation ...

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Whitney Houston ‘drowned in bath after taking cocaine’

Grammy-winning pop legend Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after taking cocaine which could have triggered a heart attack, coroners said. Houston, who died at age 48 in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel room last month, likely had some kind of heart attack which caused her to slip under the water, said the Los ...

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Living alone ‘are more depressed’

People of working age who live alone increase their risk of depression by up to 80% compared with people living in families, says a Finnish study. It says the main factors are poor housing conditions for women and a lack of social support for men, who are both equally affected. The study tracked the use of anti-depressants in 3,500 Finnish ...

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Chevron executives charged in Brazil oil spill

Seventeen Chevron and Transocean executives were formally charged with environmental crimes in an oil leak off Rio de Janeiro’s coast amid prosecutor calls for damage payments and prison sentences. The companies applied excessive pressure when drilling at Chevron’s Frade field, used faulty equipment and failed to meet requirements to avoid and counter spills, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a ...

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Police say car blast kills 1, wounds 23 in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A bomb exploded Thursday in a car outside the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing the driver and wounding at least 23 other people in what police said may have been an accident involving suspected rebels. Authorities believe a rebel was transporting the bomb when it went off accidentally in Bijbehara town, some 28 miles (45 ...

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