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World news in brief

04 April 2014

Archbishop Welby welcomes new Syrian Patriarch

THE Patriarch Designate of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has been congratulated by the Archbishop of Canterbury on his accession. Archbishop Welby's letter to the new Patriarch notes his "distinguished ministry and leadership", and says that Archbishop Welby prays for growing unity between the Anglican and Orthodox Churches. The enthronement is to take place on Ascension Day.

Dr Tutu urges honesty over corruption claims

ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutuhas contributed to a growing debate about the alleged misuse of public funds by the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. An official report last week found that President Zuma had "unduly benefited" from £13.9 million-worth of renovation to his personal homestead. At a service in St George's Cathedral, Cape Town, last week, Dr Tutu urged the ruling ANC party to act against the alleged corruption rather than make excuses for the President. The Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, has also said that President Zuma should come clean about the lavish upgrades to his home.

End Zambian mine cover-up, say tax campaigners

A GROUP of campaigners on finances, including Christian Aid and Oxfam, has written to the European Investment Bank to demand it release its report into alleged tax-evasion at a Zambian mining firm. Mopani Copper Mines and its multinational owner GlencoreXstrata were first accused of working to avoid paying taxes to the government of Zambia in 2011, when the bank's probe was started. The campaigners' letter urges the bank to publish the results of its investigation, so that the Zambian authorities can hold GlencoreXstrata to account.

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