29 May

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Annan holds talks with Syria’s Assad

Envoy hoping to salvage peace plan, after UN says most of those killed in Houla were ‘summarily executed’.
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 14:58 GMT

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Egypt protesters storm Shafiq’s Cairo office

Thousands gather in Tahrir Square after official election runoff results announced, exposing poll’s polarising impact.
Last Modified: 29 May 2012 08:44 GMT

Vatican rebukes US nuns for ‘feminist themes’

Views on abortion and same-sex marriage cited as partial cause of sharp criticism by the Holy See.

An umbrella organisation representing over 80 per cent of US nuns has earned a sharp rebuke from the Vatican for “serious doctrinal problems” and the prevalence of “radical feminist themes” in their work.

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, has come under fire by Rome for among other things, staying “silent” amid what the Catholic Church called a “lively debate” over the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage in the United States.

The views of the organisation, including the ordination of female priests, goes against the views taken by Bishops, whom the church called “authentic teachers of faith and morals”.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York City.

Fukushima radiation found in tuna off California – video

The Japanese government says it will look into international monitoring of fish products after low levels of radiation were found in bluefin tuna in Californian waters. A report shows radiation was detected in 15 tuna caught near San Diego in August 2011, about four months after chemicals were released into the water off Japan’s east coast

Kofi Annan and Bashar al-Assad

Syrian ambassadors expelled from countries including UK, France and US

29 May 2012:Diplomatic action follows massacre of more than 100 people in Houla

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