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World news in brief

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13 February 2015

REUTERS

Church and State: the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, talks to Orthodox priests before a parliamentary swearing-in ceremony in Athens last week. Mr Tsipras comfortably won a confidence vote on Wednesday on a plan to cancel the country's bailout programme

Church and State: the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, talks to Orthodox priests before a parliamentary swearing-in ceremony in Athens last wee...

MPs call for end to siege of Iranian camp

CAMP LIBERTY, home to Iranian exiles in Iraq, must be recognised as a refugee camp under the supervision of the UN, and a "medical and fuel siege" of the camp must be ended. These are some of the demands of a declaration of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, signed by 100 European MPs. The National Council of Resistance of Iran reports that 24 residents of the camp have died as a result of a blockade on medicine.

Kenyan lay preacher murdered

AN 82-YEAR-OLD lay preacher, Geoffrey Kabiru, has been murdered in Nyandarua County, Kenya. Reports last Friday stated that relatives had found Mr Kabiru in his house with deep cuts on his head, and police have suggested that he could have been hacked to death. The Bishop of Nyahururu, the Rt Revd Stephen Kabora, is currently visiting the diocese of Chichester.

Oldest Australian priests die

TWO priests, believed to be the oldest in Australia, have died in Melbourne. Fr Laurence Eyers SSM, who was 102, died on 24 January, and the Revd Elizabeth Alfred, one of the first women priests in Australia, died on 2 February at the age of 101.

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