Friday, October 23, 2009

NATO; Hate Crimes Legislation; Marie Alphonsine

BRATISLAVA, Oct 22: The head of Nato urged member states on Thursday to step up their efforts to train and equip Afghan forces, warning that inaction would have serious consequences. Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was speaking before a meeting with alliance defence ministers in Bratislava on a new approach against the widening Taliban insurgency.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22: Congress expands hate crimes legislation to include gays and lesbians. Bill marks the culmination of a long fight by gay activist groups to codify the expanded protections.

VATICAN, Oct. 22: The Palestinian Sister Soultaneh Maria Ghattas, founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, will be beatified Nov. 22 in Nazareth, Israel. Born in Jerusalem in 1843, she founded the first and still the only Palestinian women's religious congregation. She was given the name Marie Alphonsine when she entered religious life.

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