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World news in brief

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13 September 2013

AP

New build: the inside of the cardboard cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this month. The historic building was seriously damaged in an earthquake in 2011, and later partially demolished, after debates about its future (News, 4 November 2011)

New build: the inside of the cardboard cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this month. The historic building was seriously damaged in an...

Former Bishop of Soroti dies after cobra bite

THE former Bishop of Soroti, in the Teso district of eastern Uganda, the Rt Revd Geresom Ilukor, has died after being bitten by a cobra, writes Paul Wilkinson. Bishop Ilukor, who was 78, earned a reputation as a champion of his people by standing out against oppression. During the 1970s he opposed President Idi Amin, risking his life in 1977 by protesting over the murder of Janani Luwum, the Archbishop of Uganda, and an outspoken critic of Amin. Two decades later, he again took great personal risks supporting the Iteso people against insurgents from the Lord's Resistance Army, who used rape and mutilation to terrorise the population, and pressed children into service as fighters. He would visit the rebels' bush camps, urging them to lay down their arms. Local reports say that the Bishop was bitten twice, as he moved sacks of grain in a store at his home in the village of Kidongole on 30 August. The Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, attended his funeral on 2 September at All Saints' Cathedral, Nakasero.

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