World News Updates

Monday July 07, 2008

US leads world in substance abuse, WHO finds
The United States leads the world in rates of experimenting with marijuana and cocaine despite strict drug laws, World Health Organization researchers said on Tuesday.

Will the World End in 2012?
Two years ago, Patrick Geryl, then 51, quit his job as a laboratory worker for a French oil company. He'd saved up just enough money to last him until December 2012. After that, he thought, he wouldn't need it anyway.

Children 'to be given compulsory sex education from age four'
Children as young as four are set to be given compulsory sex education in primary school.

Homeless People Die After Bird Flu Vaccine Trial in Poland
Three Polish doctors and six nurses are facing criminal prosecution after a number of homeless people died following medical trials for a vaccine to the H5N1 bird-flu virus.

Ancient Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection
A three-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a messiah who will rise from the dead after three days.

Evangelist to Senate: My financial records belong to God
....Every year America’s best known TV evangelists bring in hundreds of millions of dollars from donors all over the world. But as BBC’s Jonathan Beale reports, some of the evangelists’ own lifestyles have begun to ring alarm bells and have prompted a Senate investigation into their activities.

Police Powers for Pope's Australia Visit Cause Waves
Civil libertarians in Australia are up in arms over new regulations aimed at curbing protestors who are planning to make their presence felt -- from handing out condoms to accusing the Roman Catholic Church of homophobic bigotry -- during Pope Benedict XVI's visit.

Gang members charged with 20 racist killings in Moscow
Russian prosecutors said Monday that they had charged a gang led by two teenagers with murdering 20 people in a series of racist killings over eight months.

Church of England clergy plan mass exit over women bishops
More than 1,300 clergy, including 11 serving bishops, have written to the archbishops of Canterbury and York to say that they will defect from the Church of England if women are consecrated bishops.

Earth's Core, Magnetic Field Changing Fast, Study Says
Rapid changes in the churning movement of Earth's liquid outer core are weakening the magnetic field in some regions of the planet's surface, a new study says.