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19 Aug

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Fifth of US believes Obama is Muslim

Poll held before Ground Zero mosque furore finds 18% of Americans believe US president is Muslim, not Christian

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Catholic adoption agency loses bid to bar gay parents from service

Catholic Care sought exclusion from the 2007 sexual orientation regulations on grounds of religious beliefs

A Catholic adoption agency has lost its attempt to restrict its service to heterosexual couples after the Charity Commission found there was no justification for barring gay and lesbian parents.

Leeds-based Catholic Care sought exclusion from the 2007 sexual orientation regulations and began legal action to change its constitution so it could continue helping married couples only. The commission initially refused to give its consent, but the charity won the right to appeal against its decision.

Catholic Care told the high court that it would have to stop finding homes for children because Catholic donations would cease if it helped gay prospective parents. Mr Justice Briggs instructed the commission to reconsider the case………………………………………………………….

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Scotland’s national poet dies aged 90

Carol Ann Duffy and others pay tribute to ‘generous, gentle genius’ Edwin Morgan ……………………………………………………………

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Prosecutors under fire from US judge over leniency for Barclays

18 Aug 2010: Barclays has accepted that staff at a payment processing centre in Poole, Dorset, changed the wording in international money transfers…………………………..

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Scientists dispute White House claim that spilled BP oil has vanished

18 Aug 2010: • US government challenged over claims oil has evaporated
• Tests show oil is affecting phytoplankton and staying on seabed……………………………..

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Exclusive: Obama’s pledge to close down Guantanamo is ‘not even close’

Robert Verkaik: Commander says camp will take months to shut – and he’s still waiting for the order……………………………….

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More flood aid pledged to Pakistan

 
 

Pakistan is to receive millions of dollars of fresh aid money as international donors increased assistance to the flood-hit country following criticism over the speed of their response.

The European Union announced on Wednesday that it would almost double its aid to Pakistan to 70 million euros ($90m), while the US said it would announce extra aid on Thursday.

The new pledges come after several other countries announced major donations over the last few days, including $20m from Saudi Arabia, $21m from Australia and $10m from Japan.

The UN said it has now raised more than half of its $460m aid target, although that includes pledges that have yet to be delivered.

Millions homeless

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