Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | December 23, 2012
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Pope pardons butler
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday granted his former butler a Christmas pardon, forgiving him in person during a jailhouse meeting for stealing and leaking private papers in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times.

Mob kills man accused of burning Koran
A mob in southern Pakistan stormed a police station to seize a mentally unstable Muslim man accused of burning a copy of Islam's holy book, beat him to death, and then set his body afire, police said yesterday.

Two dead as supermarket looting spreads
Looters ransacked supermarkets in several Argentine cities last Friday, causing two deaths and evoking memories of widespread theft and riots that killed dozens during the country's worst economic crisis a decade ago.

Kerry's nomination opens key Senate race
Massachusetts voters weary from one of the nation's costliest and most divisive United States Senate races are all but certain to find themselves thrown back into another tumultuous election now that President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry for secretary of state.

Lucky Xmas lottery winners celebrate
Winners of Spain's cherished Christmas lottery - the world's richest - celebrated yesterday in more than a dozen locations where lucky tickets were sold, a moment of uplift for a country enduring another brutal year of economic hardship.

2012: Deadliest year for journalists
Despite the UN Security Council's adoption of Resolution 1738 in 2006, stressing the need to protect journalists in dangerous areas, violence against journalists, above all the killing of journalists, continues to be one of the biggest threats to freedom of expression.

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