- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 19, 2010

NETHERLANDS

British terror suspect arrested at airport

AMSTERDAM | Dutch police on Sunday arrested a British man of Somali ancestry at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport for possible links to a terrorist group, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutors said.

The man was arrested after flying in from Liverpool, England, and before he flew out to Uganda, prosecutors’ spokesman Evert Boerstra said, without specifying what terror group was involved. His name and age have not been released.

“He was arrested on the tip-off from British authorities,” Mr. Boerstra told the Associated Press.

Dutch state broadcaster NOS reported that the suspect is allegedly linked to Somalia’s most dangerous militant group, al-Shabab, which has claimed responsibility for suicide bombing attacks at U.N. facilities and other targets, including July attacks in Uganda’s capital during the World Cup final that killed 76 people.

Al-Shabab said those blasts were in retaliation for civilian deaths caused by African Union troops in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and the group has called for Uganda to withdraw its peacekeeping forces from Somalia.

BRITAIN

Pope beatifies convert at end of British visit

BIRMINGHAM, England | Pope Benedict XVI beatified a 19th-century Catholic convert on Sunday in the finale of his historic visit to Britain.

The pope told 55,000 pilgrims gathered in a park in Birmingham, central England, that Cardinal John Henry Newman was a man of “outstanding holiness” whose teachings were as relevant today as they were more than a century ago.

The beatification Mass - elevating the cardinal toward sainthood - was the crowning moment of a four-day trip that the Vatican hailed as a “spiritual success”.

In a recurrent theme of the visit, the pope on Sunday again condemned the abuse of children by Catholic priests, telling a meeting of British bishops it “seriously undermines the moral credibility of Church leaders.”

On Saturday, he expressed shame at the “unspeakable crimes” committed by pedophile priests and said in a homily at Westminster Cathedral they had brought “shame and humiliation” on the Church and caused “immense suffering.”

He also met with five victims of sexual abuse and told them of his “shame” and “deep sorrow.”

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