04 Sep

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Mitt Romney’s wealth in spotlight again after tax probe

By Guy Adams

New evidence of Republican candidate’s low payments follows poor TV ratings
The source of Mitt Romney’s personal wealth continues to generate awkward headlines after it emerged that regulators have subpoenaed Bain Capital, the private equity firm he once headed, during an investigation into its tax arrangements.

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Milan mourns cardinal who dared to challenge Rome

The great and the good filed into Milan’s famous gothic cathedral yesterday afternoon for the funeral mass of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, one of the church’s best-loved figures. Pope Benedict XVI wasn’t one of them, however. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the head priest of St Peter’s Basilica, represented the pontiff.

The deeply conservative Benedict would have read, like everyone else, the liberal Cardinal Martini’s scathing verdict on the church and its current leadership, which he described as “200 years out of date”. In his message relayed by Cardinal Comastri, the Pope nonetheless expressed his “closeness in affection and prayer to the entire diocese of Milan, the Jesuits and the relatives and all those who had loved and admired Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini”…………………………..

Michelle Obama prepares for her speech at the Democratic national convention in  Charlotte

The US first lady, Michelle Obama, prepares for her speech to the Democratic national convention in  Charlotte, North Carolina. Photograph: Mary F Calvert/Zuma/Corbis

Democrats gather for convention

Three-day convention begins in North Carolina as president faces tougher re-election amid concern over struggling economy

Malnutrition in Afghanistan

A UN-backed report has found almost a third of children are suffering from acute malnutrition in southern Afghanistan.  Photograph: Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images

Study exposes Afghan malnutrition

Study exposes Afghan  Despite huge amounts of foreign aid, the levels of deprivation are similar to that found in famine zones, says UN-backed report

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