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World news in brief

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13 December 2013

AP

Shielded: a Ukrainian priest speaks to riot police as they block pro-European  Union activists on Indepen­dence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday

Shielded: a Ukrainian priest speaks to riot police as they block pro-European  Union activists on Indepen­dence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Wed...

More executions feared in Pakistan

ATTACKS on Christians in Pakistan, and the execution of those falsely accused of blasphemy, could increase, Release International warned on Tuesday, after the Federal Sharia Court ruled in favour of the mandatory death sentence for blasphemy last week. Currently, most defendants convicted of blasphemy are serving a life sentence, even though the official penalty for defaming the prophet Muhammad is death.

Bishop castigates sellers of prayers

PASTORS who sell prayers and blessings are taking advantage of people who "cannot understand the message of Jesus properly", the Bishop of Wau, in South Sudan, the Rt Revd Moses Deng Bol, said last week. The Anglican Communion News Service reported on Thursday of last week that the Bishop was "mad" at the practice by "heretics", who were "misguided and greedy".

Call for Philippines debt-cancellation

THE $60-billion debt owed by the Philippines should be cancelled, to enable the government to channel resources to the recovery after Typhoon Haiyan (News, 8 November), a coalition of charities said on Thursday of last week. The coalition, including Christian Aid, said that the debt was largely accumulated during the Marcos regime, "when Western governments and institutions, such as the World Bank, supported the dictator with loans to keep him on-side during the Cold War". Debt-servicing accounted for 20 per cent of revenue p.a., the government of the Philippines had reported.

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