Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Royalty and Benedict Cumberbatch to attend reburial of Richard III, Britain’s comeback king

LONDON — Richard III is England’s comeback king.
The 15th-century monarch was killed in battle, buried in anonymity, vilified for centuries and discovered under a parking lot. On Thursday, he will be reburied with dignified ceremony in the presence of royalty, religious leaders — and Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch.

UK Supreme Court refuses to overturn ruling calling for publication of Prince Charles’ letters

LONDON — Britain’s Supreme Court has refused to overturn a lower court ruling that clears the way for publication of letters written by Prince Charles to government ministers.
The court Thursday ruled in favour of the Guardian newspaper’s effort to have the contents of the letters disclosed.
The case involves letters Charles has written to seven government departments.

Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery to reduce cancer risk

LONDON — Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, US singer and activist Joan Baez get Amnesty’s top award

BEIJING — Amnesty International awarded its top honour Tuesday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country’s restrictive political atmosphere, and to U.S. folk singer Joan Baez for her civil rights activism.
Both were named recipients of Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award, which recognizes lifetime human rights leadership.

PC race takes nasty turn

TORONTO—Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leadership campaign has taken a nasty turn with less than two months before members cast their votes.
MPP Christine Elliott accused rival Patrick Brown—the Conservative MP for Barrie—of not reporting all of the money he has raised to the party.

Three killed in plane crash

SUDBURY, Ont.—Provincial police said the identities of three people found dead at the site of a small plane crash about 75 km south of Sudbury have not been confirmed yet.

Top court upholds religious freedoms

OTTAWA—A divided Supreme Court of Canada disagreed over the subtleties but in the end upheld the religious freedom of a historic Montreal Jesuit school to teach Catholicism in the way it chooses.

Gun criticisms ‘absurd’: PM

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Suggestions that Canada is on the road to an American-style system of gun ownership, or that the Conservative government condones vigilante justice, are absurd, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday.
Speaking at a campaign-style event, Harper said Canadians across the country have owned guns for years for security and other purposes without resorting to vigilantism.

Police in Colorado arrest woman accused of stabbing woman in stomach, removing unborn baby

LONGMONT, Colo. — A 34-year-old woman was accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist, Colorado authorities said.

Cher commits to helping Virginia woman, 96, return home, inspired by her late-blooming romance

MCLEAN, Va. — A judge says a 96-year-old woman whose late-life marriage to a 95-year-old beau made national news should be returned to her longtime northern Virginia home after the musician Cher promised to pay to fix it up.
In a court deposition, Cher said she was inspired last year when she a saw news story about Edith Hill and her newlywed husband, Eddie Harrison.

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