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RIYADH---The ministry in charge of
Saudi Arabia's police is warning
against "disturbing public order" days
before activists are calling on women
to drive cars in defiance of a ban on
them getting behind the wheel.
Yesterday's statement from Interior
Ministry spokesman Turki al-Faisal
appeared directed at this Saturday's
Though no law bans women from
driving, they are not issued licenses in
the ultraconservative kingdom. No
women have been arrested for trying
to drive in recent weeks. However, in
similar protests in the past, women
were charged with offences including
disturbing public order.
The police statement comes after
around 150 clerics and religious
scholars protested outside a royal
palace, saying Saudi authorities were
doing nothing to stop women flouting
the ban. (AP)
Saudi Arabia issues warning as protest nears
BRUSSELS---The German government says Chan-
cellor Angela Merkel has called President Barack
Obama after receiving information that US intelligence
may have targeted her mobile phone.
Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said Merkel made
clear in yesterday s call that "she views such practices,
if the indications are confirmed ... as completely unac-
ceptable" and called for US authorities to clarify the
extent of surveillance in Germany. A statement from
Seibert said the German government "has received
information that the chancellor s cellphone may be
monitored by American intelligence." The government
wouldn t elaborate but news magazine Der Spiegel,
which has published material from NSA leaker Edward
Snowden, said its research triggered the response. (AP)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks with Prince William and Kate
Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive with their son Prince George at the
Chapel Royal in St Palace, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Germany: US may
buys groceries for
Pope Francis yesterday suspended
the free spending German Bishop Franz
Peter Tebartz-van Elst---known deri-
sively as Bishop Deluxe or the Bishop
of Bling---and ordered him to vacate the
Diocese of Limburg, at least temporar-
ily.The pope, who has declined to live in
the Vatican s opulent papal residence,
has been urging prelates to adopt a more
humble lifestyle and today s actions were
the strongest yet to reenforce that mes-
sage. The pope s decision was released
in a short statement from the Vatican
press office stating that the actions of
the bishop had created a situation "where
in the present moment he cannot exercise
his Episcopal ministry."
"Pending the results of this examina-
tion and the related investigations on the
responsibilities in this regard, the Holy
See considers it appropriate to authorise
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst a
period of stay outside the Diocese," the
The pope s decision to expel the "Bish-
op of Bling"---as he has been dubbed in
the international media -- takes effect
A final decision on the future of the
big spending priest will be determined
only after the German Bishop Conference
has finished a detailed report on the cost
of the construction remodelling of the
bishop s official residence. The pope was
reportedly told last week that the final
costs may reach $55 million, $13 million
over the already substantial price tag.
Pope Francis Suspends 'Bishop of Bling'
German Bishop Franz Peter Tebartz-van Elst
She s got a shiny badge and a heart of gold.
A kindhearted police officer took a Florida mom
grocery shopping after arresting her on shoplifting
Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas was
asked to arrest Jessica Robles after employees at an
Ojus, Florida, supermarket saw her steal food, WSVN
Thomas asked Robles why she did it, and she
responded that her children were hungry. Thomas
ran a check on Robles, saw that there was no major
criminal history in her background. She charged her
with a misdemeanor and gave her a notice to appear
Then, Thomas took Robles to buy groceries.
Thomas told WSVN, "I made the decision to buy
her some groceries because arresting her wasn t going
to solve the problem with her children being hungry."
Thomas continued, "That $100 to me was worth a
million." Thomas said the only thing she asked of
Robles was that she help someone else out once she
gets on her feet. ---CNN
LONDON---Dressed in a lace gown designed in the 1840s
and doused with water from the River Jordan, 3-month-
old Prince George, third in line to the British throne, was
christened yesterday in London.
The small family gathering of four generations had historic
overtones: the presence of Britain s 87-year-old monarch
and three of its future kings.
Queen Elizabeth II, usually the center of attention, quietly
ceded the spotlight to her gurgling great-grandson George.
He seemed to wave at her when he arrived, although that
was only an illusion---his father, Prince William, was moving
the infant s arm.
The private affair at the Chapel Royal at St James s Palace
also included Prince Charles, next in line for the throne,
and the queen s 92-year-old husband, Prince Philip, who
has shown remarkable stamina since returning to the public
eye after a two-month convalescence following serious
All told, it was a remarkable day for a monarchy that
seems to be basking in public affection since the 2011 wed-
ding of William and Kate Middleton and the maturing of
Prince Harry, who seems to have put his playboy days
George, who was born July 22, wore a replica of an
intricate lace-and-satin christening gown made for Queen
Victoria s eldest daughter and first used in 1841.
The infant, who will head the Church of England when
he becomes king, was christened with water from the River
Jordan by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
He arrived at the chapel in his father s arms with his
mother by their side.
Kate s parents Michael and Carole Middleton and her
sister Pippa and brother James were also at the ceremo-
ny.William and Kate also named seven godparents, who
arrived at the chapel together.
Some royal watchers camped outside the palace for more
than 24 hours to obtain a good vantage point to watch the
guests arrive, but the ceremony was private. (AP)
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