World News Updates

Monday June 23, 08

House passes new surveillance law
The House Friday easily approved a compromise bill setting new electronic surveillance rules that effectively shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits arising from the government's terrorism-era warrantless eavesdropping on phone and computer lines in this country.

Suicides ‘Linked To Phone Masts’
THE spate of deaths among young people in Britain’s suicide capital could be linked to radio waves from dozens of mobile phone transmitter masts near the victims’ homes.

US tried to kill me - Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States and its allies of plotting to assassinate him during a visit to neighbouring Iraq in March, state radio reported on Friday.

Rival meeting deepens Anglican rift
The rift in the Anglican Communion - superficially over homosexuality - has been widening steadily ever since the ordination by its American wing of the openly-gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.

Here's the church, but where are the people?
There was a time when the First United Methodist Church here was a hub of activity, with a booming school, regular church suppers, and worshipers who packed the pews of the white steepled building.

HIV 'False Positive' Test Stress
Hundreds of people were incorrectly told they had tested positive for HIV at New York City STD clinics this winter.

George W Bush meets Pope amid claims he might convert to Catholicism
George W Bush and Pope Benedict XVI have held an intimate meeting in Rome as rumours mounted in Italy that the president may follow in Tony Blair's footsteps and convert to Catholicism.

Christian Theologians Prepare for Extraterrestrial Life
Little green men might shock the secular public. But the Catholic Church would welcome them as brothers.

Why Is Bush Helping Saudi Arabia Build Nukes?
Here's a quick geopolitical quiz: What country is three times the size of Texas and has more than 300 days of blazing sun a year? What country has the world's largest oil reserves resting below miles upon miles of sand? And what country is being given nuclear power, not solar, by President George W. Bush, even when the mere assumption of nuclear possession in its region has been known to provoke pre-emptive air strikes, even wars?

Male priests marry in Anglican church's first gay 'wedding'
Two male priests exchanged vows and rings in a ceremony that was conducted using one of the church's most traditional wedding rites – a decision seen as blasphemous by conservatives.

In 2050, your lover may be a ... robot
A humanoid robot Asimo, developed by Japanese company Honda, is pictured guiding a woman. David Levy, a PhD in gender studies and artificial intelligence, predicts that by mid-century getting it on with an electronic femme-fatale or a superstud sexbot will become an accepted part of the human landscape.

Vatican bans Dan Brown film Angels & Demons from Rome churches
The Vatican has banned the makers of a prequel to The Da Vinci Code from filming in its grounds or any church in Rome, describing the work as “an offence against God”.

'Disposable Heroes': Veterans Used To Test Suicide-Linked Drugs
Mentally distressed veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are being recruited for government tests on pharmaceutical drugs linked to suicide and other violent side effects, an investigation by ABC News and The Washington Times has found.

Prospect of gay Lutheran bishop divides Germans
Germany could elect its first openly gay Lutheran bishop next month, a move conservatives say would alienate many Christians and open divisions in the Church.

Pentagon planned harsh Guantánamo tactics, Senate probe reveals
A Senate investigation unveiled today found that senior Pentagon officials began planning to use abusive tactics at Guantánamo Bay earlier than they previously acknowledged, borrowing from a programme that trained US troops to resist cruel interrogations.

Guantanamo detainees were tortured, medical exams show
Medical examinations of suspected militants formerly held by the U.S. military at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba showed evidence of torture and other abuse that resulted in serious injuries and mental disorders, according to a human rights group.

RBS issues global stock and credit crash alert
The Royal Bank of Scotland has advised clients to brace for a full-fledged crash in global stock and credit markets over the next three months as inflation paralyses the major central banks.

Teenager from faith-healing family dies in Oregon
Authorities say a teenager from a faith-healing family died from an illness that could have been easily treated, just a few months after a toddler cousin of his died in a case that has led to criminal charges.

VIDEO - Black helicopters continue to train in Denver

Denver Woman: Military Exercise Causes Yard Damage
A woman in Denver claims the military helicopters flying over the city this week as part of a training exercise caused damage in her backyard.

Scientists From Around the Globe Join ABC News in a Forum on Surviving the Century
Are we living in the last century of our civilization? Is it possible that all of our technology, knowledge and wealth cannot save us from ourselves? Could our society actually be heading towards collapse?