UK PM recalls Parliament for London riot crisis

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament from its summer recess Tuesday and nearly tripled the number of police on the streets after three days of rioting in London blossomed into a full-blown political crisis. Cameron described the scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities…

‘German Identity Is Shaped by Christianity’

In a SPIEGEL interview, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich discusses the motives of Norwegian killer Anders Breivik, calls for an end to anonymity on the Internet and explains why Islam is not part of German identity. SPIEGEL: Minister Friedrich, the massacre in Norway has sparked a discussion about the political background to the attacks. Is…

Is The World Going Bankrupt?

A trader at the New York Stock Exchange last week. Europe and the US are hopelessly over-indebted. The crisis that started in the US real estate sector in 2007 has devastated state finances on both sides of the Atlantic and is threatening to wreck the euro and trigger a second global downturn. The world lacks…

Perry: Turn to God for answers to nation’s woes

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked Christians to turn to God for answers to the nation’s troubles as he held court Saturday over a national prayer rally attended by thousands of evangelical conservatives, an important constituency should the Republican seek the GOP presidential nomination. “Father, our heart breaks for America,” Perry told about…

World leaders confer on debt crises this weekend

On Saturday August 6, 2011, 7:18 pm EDT By Paul Taylor and Stella Dawson PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global leaders on Saturday arranged a round of emergency calls to discuss the twin debt crises in Europe and the United States that are causing turmoil in financial markets. After a week that saw $2.5 trillion wiped off…

Al-Qaeda ‘nearing its end’ says US special operations commander

Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida is bloodied and “nearing its end,” the commander of US special operations forces said, but warned the next generation of militants could keep special operations fighting for a decade to come. 5:53PM BST 28 Jul 2011 Navy SEAL Adm Eric T. Olson described the killing of bin Laden by a special…

Don’t Get Caught Holding Dollars When The U.S. Default Arrives

Greece can’t solve a problem of too much debt by taking on even more. We will note, however, that by some measures, the United States is even more deeply in hock than Greece. Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio is 143%. America’s is officially 97%. But the $14.3 trillion national debt, stacked up against a $14.7 trillion economy,…

Vatican official exhorts Catholics to set aside Sundays for God and rest

Rome, Italy, Jul 19, 2011 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Sunday should be a day for worship, rest and time with family and friends, said Monsignor Miquel Delgado Galindo, under secretary for the Pontifical Council for the Laity. “The Church teaches us to set aside this day, the first day of the week on which…

Pope to meet with Kohl, Merkel on Germany visit

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s bishops conference says Pope Benedict XVI will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and longtime former leader Helmut Kohl in his upcoming visit to the country of his birth. The organization on Wednesday released the official program of the Sept. 22-25 tour, Benedict’s first state visit to Germany since becoming pope. It…

Vatican, Malaysia establish diplomatic ties

The Vatican and Malaysia have established official diplomatic ties, the Holy See announced on Monday after talks between Pope Benedict XVI and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. “In the cordial conversations, the positive developments in bilateral relations were discussed, and an agreement was reached to establish diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Holy See,” the…