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World news in brief

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28 February 2014

JULANNE CLARKE-MORRIS/ANGLICAN TAONGA

Arrived: Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, consecrated as Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand, on Saturday. She is the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion to have been ordained in the Church of England

Arrived: Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, consecrated as Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand, on Saturday. She is the first woman bishop in the Anglican Communion t...

Bomb attack outside cathedral in Zanzibar

A HOMEMADE bomb exploded outside the historic Christ Church Cathedral in Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, on Monday. There were no injuries, and only slight damage to a car near by. A second bomb was detonated close to a restaurant popular with tourists. Violence by Islamists on the island, a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, has increased in recent years.


Kentucky pastor's son carries on rattlesnake tradition

THE snake that killed the snake-handling pastor Jamie Coots in the United States on 15 February was at the front of a service again on Sunday, in the hands of Mr Coots's son Cody. At the fringe Pentecostal church in Kentucky, Mr Coots regularly involved snakes in services, following a literal interpretation of Mark 16.18: "They shall take up serpents." Cody Coots told a radio station that it was his father's dying wish that his church should continue to handle the snakes.


South Korean convicted of tax fraud

THE Revd David Yong-gi Cho, the pastor and founder of one of the largest churches in the world, the Yoido Full Gospel Church, in Seoul, South Korea, has been found guilty of embezzling church funds. A court in Seoul convicted him of causing losses worth more than £7 million to the Church through fraudulent stock deals, and of tax evasion worth almost £2 million (News, 29 November 2013). He was sentenced to three years in prison, and fined £2.8 million. His son Cho Hee-jun was also found guilty, and sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

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