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Terror-hit French town suffers 2nd trauma in floods

Posted by on 16/10/2018
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Terror-hit French town suffers 2nd trauma in floods

Terror-hit French town suffers 2nd trauma in floods

PARIS: A French town that was the scene of a jihadist shooting spree earlier this year has been swamped by floods, with one local woman known to have lost her husband in the attack and her parents in the latest disaster, officials said yesterday. The sleepy medieval town of Trebes was targeted by a gunman […]

Flood hits southwest France; 13 dead

Posted by on 15/10/2018
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Flood hits southwest France; 13 dead

Flood hits southwest France; 13 dead

Violent rainstorms turn rivers into raging torrents TOULOUSE: At least 13 people died as violent rainstorms turned rivers into raging torrents in southwestern France yesterday in the latest episode of wild weather in Europe, officials said. Flash floods swamped a number of towns and villages around the fortress city of Carcassonne, leaving a trail of […]

Murdered archbishop, Paul VI become ‘saints’

Posted by on 14/10/2018
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Murdered archbishop, Paul VI become ‘saints’

Murdered archbishop, Paul VI become ‘saints’

VATICAN CITY: Slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, Catholic giants who sparked controversy during their lifetimes, joined the church’s highest rank yesterday with an elevation to sainthood. Pope Francis wore a blood-stained rope belt which belonged to Romero, who was murdered at the altar, as he lead the ceremony in front of […]

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse

Posted by on 13/10/2018
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Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops for the alleged sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said in a statement yesterday after a meeting between the pontiff and the president of Chile. The decision to expel former archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and former bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez – the latest heads […]

Flash floods hits Majorca; Britons among nine killed

Posted by on 10/10/2018
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Flash floods hits Majorca; Britons among nine killed

Flash floods hits Majorca; Britons among nine killed

Six missing; cars swept away by raging, muddy waters MADRID: At least nine people died, including two British nationals, and six others were missing yesterday in devastating flash floods on the Spanish holiday island of Majorca, authorities said. Footage broadcast on Spanish television showed cars being swept away by raging, muddy waters, houses flooded and […]

‘Unforgivable’ more than 440 homeless died in UK in a year

Posted by on 09/10/2018
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‘Unforgivable’ more than 440 homeless died in UK in a year

‘Unforgivable’ more than 440 homeless died in UK in a year

LONDON: Research showing that 449 homeless people died in Britain last year, many while sleeping rough, exposed a “horrifying” and “unforgivable” housing crisis, charities said yesterday. A former soldier, a quantum physicist and a travelling musician were among the dead, aged between 18 and 94, who lost their lives on the streets, in temporary housing […]

Doctor found guilty but not convicted in ‘stolen baby’ case

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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Doctor found guilty but not convicted in ‘stolen baby’ case

Doctor found guilty but not convicted in ‘stolen baby’ case

MADRID: A court found an elderly former doctor guilty yesterday of taking a newborn away from her mother and giving her to another woman under the Franco dictatorship but did not convict him, in Spain’s first “stolen babies” trial. The Madrid court ruled that Eduardo Vela could not be legally convicted because Ines Madrigal, who […]

Pope blames devil for Catholic Church divisions and scandals

Posted by on 08/10/2018
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Pope blames devil for Catholic Church divisions and scandals

Pope blames devil for Catholic Church divisions and scandals

Pope invokes protection of St Michael the Archangel VATICAN CITY: The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says. In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked […]

Gay marriage: Europe splits

Posted by on 06/10/2018
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Gay marriage: Europe splits

Gay marriage: Europe splits

PARIS: A referendum in Romania this weekend to define marriage explicitly as between a man and woman underlines the largely East-West split in Europe over same-sex unions.   Western Europe: pioneers   In 2001 the Netherlands became the first country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in a civil ceremony. […]

Austria’s burqa ban, delicate matter in Alpine resort

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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Austria’s burqa ban, delicate matter in Alpine resort

Austria’s burqa ban, delicate matter in Alpine resort

ZELL AM SEE, Austria: With its pristine waters, snow-covered mountains and breathtaking Alpine views, the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See is one of the top European destinations for visitors from the Gulf region. And it aims to remain so, even though Austria introduced a ban on face-covering burqa or niqab veils a year […]

Campaigners hit the streets in bid to reverse Brexit

Posted by on 04/10/2018
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Campaigners hit the streets in bid to reverse Brexit

Campaigners hit the streets in bid to reverse Brexit

Politicians call for another vote as fears grow over no-deal Brexit SOLIHULL: Campaigners for a second referendum on Brexit are braving skepticism and even hostility as they hit Britain’s streets as part of a growing movement to get Britons to change their mind. More and more politicians are calling for another vote and recent polls […]

End divisions or put Brexit at risk

Posted by on 03/10/2018
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End divisions or put Brexit at risk

End divisions or put Brexit at risk

May shakes it up with ‘Dancing Queen’ boogie BIRMINGHAM: British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to her Conservative Party yesterday to unite behind her plan to leave the European Union, warning critics their arguments could put Brexit in jeopardy. On the final day of her party’s annual conference, May sought to rally members by addressing […]

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