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Italian court sentences 34 to jail for mafia killings - 03/19/2009

ROME, March 19, 2009 (AFP) - An Italian court Thursday sentenced 34 people to prison, one of them for 13 years, for a 2007 mafia massacre in Germany which claimed six lives, a prosecutor said....

Iceland to ban sex purchases, strip clubs: minister - 03/18/2009

REYKJAVIK, March 18, 2009 (AFP) - Iceland plans to introduce legislation criminalising the purchase of sexual services, the operation of strip clubs, and human trafficking, the government said on...

Briton freed after 27 years as murder conviction quashed - 03/18/2009

LONDON, (AFP) - A Briton who spent 27 years behind bars for murder said Wednesday he was "ecstatic" to be free after new DNA evidence prompted the appeal court to quash his original conviction....

Contents of Versace's home sell for 7m pounds in London - 03/18/2009

LONDON, March 18, 2009 (AFP) - The contents of fashion designer Gianni Versace's opulent villa on the shores of Italy's Lake Como sold here Wednesday for more than seven million pounds, Sotheby's...

Spanish scientists sign petition against abortion reform - 03/17/2009

MADRID,(AFP) - A Spanish anti-abortion association unveiled Tuesday a petition signed by about 1,000 scientists and other intellectuals against government plans to ease legal restrictions against the...

Cameroon puts on the ritz for Papal visit - 03/16/2009

A buzz of activity hovers around the modern basilica in Cameroon's capital Yaounde on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI's visit but all are not happy with the manner in which the city is being dolled up....

Rare animals have more rights than the unborn: Spanish bishops - 03/16/2009

MADRID (AFP) - Spain's Catholic Church Monday announced a new anti-abortion campaign that condemns what it said is the better protection offered to threatened species of animals than to the unborn....

Austrian priest sanctioned for breaking celibacy vow - 03/16/2009

VIENNE,(AFP) - A Catholic Austrian priest, who admitted to living with a woman thereby breaking a vow of celibacy, has been discharged as supervisor of a Church district but can continue to minister,...

Naked Spaniards in seal-cull protest - 03/15/2009

Around 100 people stripped naked and lay on the ground in a central Madrid square on Sunday as part of an international day of protest against Canada's annual seal hunt, due to resume next month....

Prince William tells of 'emptiness' since Diana's death - 03/15/2009

LONDON, (AFP) - Britain's Prince William spoke Thursday of his sense of "emptiness" on Mother's Day since the death of his mother, princess Diana. William, 26, said the loss of a loved one was...
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