Saturday, March 6, 2010

NEWS BRIEFS: March 3-5, 2010

ROME, March 5 - Human Life International, the largest international pro-life organization in the world, has condemned the signing of Spain's new abortion law by king Juan Carlos I, and says that the monarch has excommunicated himself from the Catholic Church.

CAIRO, March 5 AfrolNews- Egyptian Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni confirmed that the UK has returned 217 ancient Egyptian artefacts, dating from the early Stone Age to the pharonic era. The collection will be used for a new antiquities museum in Qena. The new museum is to focus on the "Naqada period", one of the earliest civilisations known on earth, located near the current-day Naqada village in southern Egypt.

PADANG BESAR, March 2 Bernama - The Secretary General of Malaysia revealed the existence of organ trafficking involving Malaysian victims abroad. Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi said most of the victims were women and children who were kidnapped and brought to a foreign country before their organs were removed and sold.

CAIRO, March 3 CIHRS/IFEX - The Bibliotheca Alexandrina has granted a human rights award to the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) "in appreciation of its distinguished, ongoing efforts in the field of human rights and its defense of freedom of expression," the library said. The award includes a shield named for the late Dr. Adel Abu Zahra, a prominent civil society pioneer, and a monetary prize. Dr. Ismail Serag Eldin, the director of the library, will present the award later today to the Institute's program coordinator, Samy Saad.

KUNDA, India, March 5 - (AP) — A stampede among thousands of poor villagers scrambling for free food and clothes at a commemorative event killed 63 people Thursday at a Hindu temple and injured dozens of others. Nearly all the victims were women and children. The stampede was so intense it knocked down a gate at the compound surrounding the temple in the small town of Kunda, on the northern plains of Uttar Pradesh state.

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