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30 Apr

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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Highlights

Vatican Inc.

Earlier this month, the Vatican, the sovereign papal state at the heart of Rome, introduced new rules to clean up its financial system. 

At the heart of that system is the Vatican’s own bank, the Institute of Religious Works (IOR).

Until now the IOR has operated with few of the regulations that govern the activities of banks in the wider world, with sometimes disturbing results.

In the 1980s it became involved in an infamous fraud scandal the Banco Ambrosiano affair which made global headlines when its chief, Roberrto Calvi, was found hanging from a bridge in London, a murder that has never been solved.

More recently Italian state prosecutors have been investigating allegations of money laundering at the IOR, freezing some accounts, seizing funds and putting its president under formal scrutiny.

Filmmakers Alessandro Righi and Emanuele Piano have been examining this latest chapter in the history of a notoriously secretive organisation.

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Fresh violence hits Syrian town

Deraa hit by shelling and heavy gunfire, as funeral processions for scores of people killed in protests get underway.

Last Modified: 30 Apr 2011 10:09 GMT

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Aide to Japan PM quits over radiation limits

A top nuclear adviser says government’s radiation limit is too high, and it takes ad-hoc measures to control crisis.

Last Modified: 30 Apr 2011 06:55 GMT

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In Depth

Book, film greeted with fury among Bengalis

Subir Bhaumik 29 Apr 2011 19:48 GMT
A new book and film recently released downplaying Pakistani atrocities in Bangladesh have caused outrage among Bengalis.

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Libyan government building damaged

Muammar Gaddafi calls for ceasefire in Libyan TV address

Muammar Gaddafi says he wants to negotiate with Nato powers, as air strikes hit government complex in Libyan capital

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US doctors ‘hid signs of torture’ at Guantanamo

By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Wednesday, 27 April 2011

US government doctors who cared for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay deliberately concealed or ignored evidence that their patients were being tortured, the first official study of its kind has found.

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The village of Lifta in 1938, 10 years before Palestinians fled during Israel's war of independence

The ghost town between Palestine’s past and its future

 Catrina Stewart visits an abandoned settlement, frozen in time 63 years ago, that may soon become a luxury housing development

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September’s coming tsunami

While Netanyahu appears to be gambling on Obama, the US president shows few signs of siding with the Palestinians against Israel. Nonetheless, the present stalemate cannot last, writes Saleh Al-Naami

Time of decision approaches

BDS breaking new barriers

As the upcoming flotilla to break the Gaza siege gathers steam, it is good time to note some of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions activities around the world that give it momentum, says Eric Walberg

Egypt reasserts role in Palestinian reconciliation

Rapid progress on reconciliation, mediated by Egypt, is being made ahead of Palestinian moves to request recognition of statehood from the UN in September, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah

All about oil

Official British documents have revealed that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was about oil after all, writes Salah Nasrawi

While Netanyahu appears to be gambling on Obama, the US president shows few signs of siding with the Palestinians against Israel. Nonetheless, the present stalemate cannot last, writes Saleh Al-Naami
With policy speeches ahead by Obama and Netanyahu, Palestinians are pushing for their own solutions, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem

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