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Italian police are hunting
for a stolen holy relic that
contains the blood of Pope
John Paul ll.
It appears to have been
taken during the burglary of
a small chapel that was a place
of special significance to the
The church of San Pietro
della Ienca lies in an isolated
spot in the mountains of cen-
tral Abruzzo region.
Over the weekend, thieves
broke some protective iron bars
and forced their way in
through a window. They left
the collection box, but took a
crucifix and the priceless relic,
which contains a piece of
gauze once soaked in the blood
of the late Pope---one of only
three such relics in the world.
Members of the local cul-
tural association supporting
the chapel are distraught.
The Pope used to escape
the pressures of life in the Vat-
ican by coming to the moun-
Pope John Paul ll relic stolen from chapel in Italy
JERUSALEM---The love life of Prime Minister Ben-
jamin Netanyahu s son is setting off sparks---in
News that 23-year-old Yair Netanyahu is dating
a non-Jewish Norwegian university student has gen-
erated interest not just in gossip columns but has
also prompted an uproar from religious lawmakers.
Orthodox Judaism prohibits intermarriage.
Yesterday, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas
party said he believed the relationship actually caused
Netanyahu and his wife great "heartache."
Other groups called on Netanyahu to put a stop
to the relationship and even his brother-in-law took
to the airwaves to speak out against it. (AP)
Love life of Israeli
PM's son sparks uproar
Egypt s top military body has given its approval
for army chief Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi
to run for the presidency, state media report.
Field Marshal Sisi led the overthrow of President
Mohammed Morsi, Egypt s first democratically elected
leader, in July.
He is expected to accept the nomination from the
Supreme Council for Armed Forces (Scaf) and resign
from his military position within days.
Three years after the revolution of 2011 swept away
the military strongman, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt could
soon by ruled by another. (BBC)
Egypt army backs Sisi
as presidential candidate
DARWIN---Rangers resumed hunting yesterday
for a 13-foot crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old
boy and mauled his friend as they swam in a water
hole in a popular Outback tourist destination in
The missing boy was taken by a saltwater crocodile
as he and four other boys were swimming on Sunday
afternoon. "One boy fought off the crocodile, and
then the crocodile turned and took the other boy,"
reported Australian Broadcasting Corp radio.
A fresh team of searchers resumed the hunt after
dawn on yesterday. (AP)
Crocodile takes boy
and mauls another
BANGKOK---Thai police said yeterday they suspect
a top British executive at Indian automotive giant
Tata Motors committed suicide in a fall from a lux-
ury hotel in Bangkok.
Managing Director Karl Slym died Sunday while
in Thailand to attend a board meeting of the com-
pany s Thai affiliate.
Investigators believe Slym may have killed himself
because of a suicide note left in the room referring
to domestic problems. He said the letter was being
analysed to confirm it was written by Slym. (AP)
Thai police suspect Tata
executive killed himself
The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are deadlocked
over the divisive issue of transferring power to a
transitional government, sources say.
The Syrian government team reportedly presented
a "declaration of principles" that did not mention
transfer of power, and it was rejected by the oppo-
The sides cannot agree on the future role of Pres-
ident Bashar al-Assad.
However, a Syrian presidential adviser said talks
would continue despite the current stalemate.
"We shall continue because Syria is very important
for us, the Syrian people are very important for us
and we want to continue talking until we find a solu-
tion," Bouthaina Shaaban told the BBC s Lina Sinjab
The peace talks resumed in Geneva yesterday, but
Syrian state media and opposition delegates both
later reported that the government s declaration of
principles had been rejected by the opposition.
The declaration reportedly demanded that Syrians
choose a political system without "imposed formulas"
from outside---an apparent reference to attempts to
remove Mr Assad---while also insisting on discussing
"terrorism" rather than transfer of power. (BBC)
'Impasse' at talks
over future of
MUMBAI---In her first public
appearance since the French pres-
ident broke up with her, Valerie Tri-
erweiler bristled yesterday when
asked about her future during a
charity visit to India and said, "don t
worry about me."
Trierweiler did not address the
scandal directly during a news con-
ference with the aid group Action
Against Hunger. But in response to
a reporter s question about how she
feels about her future life, Trierweiler,
48, said she was not sure what the
years will bring.
"I don t know," she said in some
of her first public comments since
the scandal erupted earlier this
month. "I have time, there are some
years to come. I will see bit by bit.
For now I am not foreseeing anything.
In any case, don t worry about me."
She acknowledged that her days
as first lady were over, but she refused
to talk about her accomplishments
in the role.
"I don t know if it s for me to judge,
or for you," Trierweiler said in French.
"I was there for 19 months. I was
able to discover people whom I hadn t
known. I understood that you can
be useful, and in being useful to oth-
ers you can be useful to yourself."
Earlier, Trierweiler spent the day
cuddling children in a public hospital
The former first lady arrived in
Mumbai on Sunday evening on a
long-planned trip that has provided
her with an escape from the scandal.
She has been a subject of intense
media interest after being hospitalised
earlier this month with what aides
described as shock and the blues fol-
lowing a tabloid s publication of pho-
tos it said proved President Francois
Hollande was having an affair with
On Saturday, Hollande announced
their seven-year relationship was
over. On Monday, the link to Trier-
weiler s first lady page on the pres-
idential Web site was shut down.
Trierweiler, a career journalist who
has three children from a previous
marriage, said it was agonising to see
Hollande has never married. He
and Trierweiler became a couple in
2007, after he ended a more than a
two-decade relationship with the
mother of his four children, former
presidential candidate Segolene Royal.
France's ex-first lady:
Valerie Trierweiler, right, the ex-first lady of French President Francois
Hollande, visits a family during a charity visit for NGO Action against Hunger
in Mumbai, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
The direct relatives of the executed uncle of Kim
Jong-Un have been put to death upon the orders
of the North Korean leader, it has been reported.
Jang Song-Thaek s children, brothers and grand-
children have been condemned to death, according
to media reports in South Korea.
Jang, 67, was executed last month, after being
accused of plotting to overthrow the communist
Sources told the Yonhap News Agency it is unclear
exactly when the family members were killed, but
they are believed to have been put to death after
Jang s execution on December 12.
"Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in
front of other people if they resisted while being
dragged out of their apartment homes," a source told
Among those allegedly executed were Jang s sister
Jang Kye-Sun, her husband and Ambassador to Cuba
Jon Yong-Jin and Jang s nephew and Ambassador to
Malaysia Jang Yong-Chol, as well as his two sons.
The children and grandchildren of Jang s two broth-
ers are also said to have been killed.
One source told the news agency, which is publicly
funded and has close links to the South Korean gov-
ernment: "All relatives of Jang have been put to death,
including children."(Daily Mail)
uncle's entire family
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