- - Thursday, November 8, 2012

United Kingdom

LONDON — The next archbishop of Canterbury will be officially introduced Friday, the British government said, and the expectation is that the new leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans will be former oil company executive Justin Welby, the bishop of Durham for the past year.

Bishop Welby, 56, made an unusual mid-career shift from the oil industry to the clergy. He has said he faced conflicts between his beliefs and how companies acted and has made business ethics and standards part of his work.

He has impeccable establishment credentials, having been schooled at Eton College and Cambridge University. His mother was a private secretary to Winston Churchill, but his father went to the United States during Prohibition and became a bootlegger, Bishop Welby was quoted as saying by the Mail on Sunday newspaper in July.

Government and church officials declined Thursday to confirm speculation about the choice. But The Times and The Daily Telegraph newspapers, along with the BBC, reported it will be Bishop Welby, and two British betting agencies stopped taking bets earlier this week after a flurry of wagers backing him.


10 peasants killed by paramilitary drug gang

BOGOTA — Colombian officials said Thursday that 10 peasants were killed by a drug-trafficking paramilitary group in a northeastern region of the country.

The massacre was carried out by a group known as “Los Rastrojos” who stormed into a tomato farm at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The group killed nine men and a woman in the municipality of Santa Rosa de los Osos, about 170 miles northeast of the capital Bogota, said Santiago Londono, government secretary for the state of Antioquia.

Local media said the farm laborers were killed by a grenade but officials are still investigating.


Archaeologists find 2,400-year-old treasure

SOFIA — Archaeologists say they have unearthed an almost 2,400-year-old golden hoard in an ancient Thracian tomb in northern Bulgaria.

The treasure was found Thursday near the village of Sveshtari, 250 miles northeast of Sofia, team leader Diana Gergova said.

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