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World news in brief

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16 November 2012

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In the saddle: Luisa Reinn as St Martin of Tours rides a horse during the ecumenical Festival Martini (Day of Martin), celebrating St Martin of Tours and Martin Luther, in St John's, Magdala, in central Germany, on Saturday

In the saddle: Luisa Reinn as St Martin of Tours rides a horse during the ecumenical Festival Martini (Day of Martin), celebrating St Mart...

Judgment reserved in Rimsha case

THE Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved judgment, on Wednesday, on whether to dismiss the case against Rimsha Masih, the young girl accused of desecrating the Qur'an ( News, 21 September). Her trial has been on hold since 28 September, while the IHC considers an application from her lawyers for the charge to be annulled. They say that the charges are fabricated, and cite her age and learning difficulties as a reason for dismissing the case.

Pope approves new Latin college

POPE Benedict XVI has approved the establishment of a new Latin-language college in the Vatican. Pope Benedict said in a decree that the RC Church was the "guardian and promoter" of Latin, which she had made "her own language". It was more important than ever to have a good understanding of Latin, he said.

Billy Graham calls for 'repentance' after presidential election

DR BILLY Graham wrote an open letter to Americans the day after President Obama secured re-election last week ( News, 9 November). The letter said that it was "important to remember that whether we are personally pleased with the outcome or not, God wants us to pray for those chosen to be our leaders. . . We must also remember that no election will ever solve America's most basic problems. . . The only path to true restoration . . . is through repentance."

WCRC in cost-cutting move from Geneva to Hanover

THE Executive Committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has voted to move its offices from the Swiss city of Geneva to Hanover, in Germany. The move was decided on after concerns were raised about the cost of running the WCRC from Switzerland.

 

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