- - Sunday, October 14, 2012


LONDON — Several supporters of the anti-corporate Occupy movement chained themselves to the pulpit of St. Paul’s Cathedral during a service on Sunday in an action marking the anniversary of the group’s now-dismantled protest camp outside the London landmark.

The dean of St. Paul’s, David Ison, said he was at an evening prayer service when “four young women dressed in white” chained themselves to the structure. “It will be a long cold night if they want to stay there,” he said.

Photos posted by the group on the Internet showed the women around the pulpit with a sign urging “throw the money changers out of the temple.”

London police said officers were not trying to remove the demonstrators. Other protesters unfurled a banner with a similar message outside the church.

Protesters against capitalist excess and social inequality set up camp outside Christopher Wren’s domed landmark on Oct. 15, 2011, after they were stopped from demonstrating outside the nearby London Stock Exchange.


Muslims rebels set to sign peace pact

MANILA — About 200 Muslim rebels led by their elusive chief arrived in the Philippines capital Sunday for the signing of a preliminary peace pact to end one of Asia’s longest-lasting insurgencies.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s decades-long rebellion has killed tens of thousands of people and held back progress in the south, where Muslims make up a sizable minority.

Government and rebel negotiators forged the framework peace agreement Oct. 7 in Malaysia after 15 years of tough negotiations.

The pact signing on Monday will be witnessed by President Benigno Aquino III, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and rebel leader Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, who will set foot for the first time in Manila’s Malacanang presidential palace, where officials have prepared a red-carpet welcome.


Suspected terrorist killed in ambush

ALGIERS — A suspected terrorist accused of maintaining contacts between al Qaeda and its North African branch Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has been killed in an ambush by Algerian forces, security officials said Sunday.

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