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Vatican receives 600 abuse cases a year: prosecutor VATICAN CITY: The Vatican's new chief prosecutor against clerical child abuse on Tuesday said his office was receiving around 600 new cases a year, many of them dating back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.   Father Robert Oliver, a canon law specialist who previously worked at the archdiocese of Boston in the United States where abuse cases came to light a decade ago, was appointed in December.   Oliver, whose official title is "promoter of justice" for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the peak in reported cases was in 2004 with 800 denunciations.   He said he would follow the example of Pope Benedict XVI in calling for more assistance to victims of abuse and promising zero tolerance against abusers.   Oliver said three-quarters of the world's 112 national bishops' conferences had responded to a Vatican request in 2011 to send guidelines on how to fight abuse.   "Each culture has a different way of ...

IEA wants more clarity on Swedish nuclear plans      OSLO: Having decided against phasing out nuclear power, Sweden needs to map out if, when and how ageing reactors will be replaced, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.   "It's up to Sweden whether you want to have nuclear or not. But you will have the first reactor out in 2022, and the rest by the 2030s," Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the IEA, told a webcast conference in Stockholm.   "You have to make ...
Cameron faces party revolt over gay marriage LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron faces a battle to placate traditionalists in his Conservative Party bitterly opposed to gay marriage ahead of a parliamentary vote on the contentious issue on Tuesday.   Cameron has given strong backing to the plans to allow same-sex couples to marry, but they are fast becoming a highly divisive issue for his party.   The prime minister has promised lawmakers a free vote on the proposed legislation in the House of Commons on ...
Iceland lowers mackerel quota in spat with EU STOCKHOLM: Iceland has lowered its mackerel quota in a move that could ease the risk of the European Union barring Icelandic fishermen from its ports in a row over mackerel fishing.   Iceland's industry ministry said the north Atlantic island would fish 15 percent less mackerel this year than in 2012, taking the catch to 123,182 tons, to help assure sustainability of the stock.   "We are willing to further reduce our catch if other coastal states agree to ...
Turkey PM condemns Israel over Syria strike   ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Sunday of waging "state terrorism" as he condemned the air strike on Syria as an unacceptable violation of international law.   "Those who have been treating Israel like a spoilt child should expect anything from them, at any time," said Erdogan, a harsh critic of the Jewish state.   "As I say time and again, Israel has a mentality of waging state terrorism. Right now, there is no telling ...
Vukovar Croats rally against Serb Cyrillic signs VUKOVAR: More than 20,000 Croats rallied on Saturday in Vukovar, a town destroyed in the 1991-95 war with rebel Serbs, to protest against the government's plan to introduce signs in the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet.   The Social Democrat-led government, which will take the country into the European Union on July 1, wants to put up bilingual signs, in both the Latin script used for Croatian and in Cyrillic, in areas where the population is more than one ...
Swedish minister says number of immigrants too high STOCKHOLM: Sweden's immigration minister has told a newspaper that Sweden needs to tighten rules for asylum seekers and other would-be immigrants to reduce the number of people coming into the country.   "Today Sweden is one of the countries that receives the most immigrants in the EU. That's not sustainable," Tobias Billstroem told the Saturday edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.   The minister's Moderate Party, a conservative group and the largest member of Sweden's centre-right coalition government, has ...


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