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22 May 2015

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Previous patrol: MV Seaman Guard Ohio, photographed in Singapore in 2012 

Previous patrol: MV Seaman Guard Ohio, photographed in Singapore in 2012 

Sailors remain trapped in 'Kafkaesque nightmare'

SIX British sailors trapped in India since 2013 will have to wait until July to find out if they can come home. They were among 35 seamen on the anti-piracy ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio arrested by Indian police and charged with illegally possessing firearms in international waters. After six months in prison in Chennai, the charges were quashed last year, but they have not been able to leave India while an appeal is ongoing. The result of the appeal will be heard in July. The Mission to Seafarers, which has been sup­porting the men, said that being trapped in a "Kafkaesque nightmare" had taken its toll on the men, but they prayed that the matter would be resolved soon.

 

Drink-driving US bishop replaced

A RECOVERING alcoholic who is an expert on addiction has been named as the temporary replacement for the former Episcopalian suffragan bishop Heather Cook, who has been charged with drink-driving and manslaughter after she was involved in a collision in which a cyclist was killed (News, 16 January). Ms Cook resigned from her post in the diocese of Maryland, in the United States, earlier this month. The former Bishop of Maine, the Rt Revd Chilton Knudsen, will take over her functions. Bishop Knudsen went into rehab in 1985 to deal with her alcoholism, and has since become well known as an author on addiction, and for counselling clergy who are suffering from alcoholism.

 

Case filed in Turkish court over Armenian Church HQ

THE Armenian Church has begun legal action in an attempt to recover its historic headquarters, which were seized by the Turkish government during the period of the Armenian genocide at the start of the 20th century, the anniversary of which is being marked this year. In April, lawyers filed a case with the Constitutional Court in Turkey, alleging that the site in the Turkish town of Sis, which includes a cathedral and monastery, belong to the Church and should be returned, the New York Times reported. The Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia and spiritual leader of the Armenian disapora, Aram I, told the newspaper that the lawsuit was the first step in a campaign to recover all property taken from Armenians during the genocide.

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