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News in brief

19 August 2009



Now you see it
 The 19th-century tablet marking the site of Oliver Cromwell’s grave in West­minster Abbey is temporarily exposed. It is usually covered by a protective carpet.

Iranian hunger strikers in hospital
THREE Iranian hunger strikers who have been protesting outside the US Embassy in London for three weeks were taken to hospital on Tuesday. “They are very weak and lethargic,” said Azadeh Husseini, a spokeswoman, on Wednesday. “They have been there 23 days, and no one will talk to them,” she said. Another hunger striker, aged 19, collapsed on Wednesday attempting to deliver a protest letter to the Embassy. The protesters want the US to restore its guards to Camp Ashraf, after the Iraq military attacked and killed Iranian dissidents who had previously been protected (News, 14 August).

Show mercy to bomber, says Kirk official
THE convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, should be released from jail as an act of mercy, the Revd Ian Galloway, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, said on radio last week. “There is an opportunity for us as a society to show mercy,” he said.

Missing chef prayed for in York Minster
TO MARK five months after the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence, the 35-year-old-chef (News, 24 April, 26 June), her father, Peter, gave a press con­ference outside the West Front of York Minster on Tuesday. Claudia and her family were remembered in prayers in the cathedral services, and the Arch­bishop of York was in attendance. Mr Lawrence gave business-card-sized photos of his daughter to passers-by, and asked for their prayers.

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