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Protesters denounce austerity measures

MADRID — Several hundred demonstrators traveled to Madrid over the weekend from many parts of Spain to protest the country’s near 25 percent unemployment rate as well as the stinging austerity measures introduced by the government in a bid to avoid an international financial bailout.

Many of the protesters are unemployed and walked long distances to converge on the capital city.

They arrived a day after the final go-ahead for a bank bailout loan of up to $123 billion failed to calm international markets. The nation’s key borrowing rate rose to a record high of 7.2 percent in reaction to the country’s continued recession and the debts of its regions.

Carrying banners saying “No cuts” and “United, that’s enough” protesters headed to Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square late Saturday.


Pope’s butler placed under house arrest

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s jailed butler has been placed under house arrest nearly two months after he was detained for suspected involvement in leaking sensitive Vatican documents.

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said over the weekend that Paolo Gabriele will return to his family home in the Vatican while judicial authorities decide whether to seek a trial or drop the investigation. A decision is expected within days.

Mr. Gabriele was arrested May 23 on suspicion of stealing and leaking the documents. The leaks exposed corruption, infighting and power struggles at the Vatican’s highest levels.

A special panel of cardinals, meanwhile, has briefed the pope about its own, separate investigation of Holy See internal affairs.


Police say terrorist suspect acted alone

NICOSIA — Cyprus police say a foreign national being detained on suspicion of helping plan a terrorist attack on the island was acting by himself.

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