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David Cameron, the Prime Minister, seeing off Pope Benedict XVI at Birmingham airport after his four-day state visit to Britain, said: ‘You have really challenged the whole country to sit up and think.’ Predictions of a poor reception for Pope Benedict had proved notably false. Before an open-air congregation of 50,000 he had beatified John Henry, Cardinal Newman. In an address to both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall he had spoken in favour of ‘the legitimate role of religion in the public square’ and of ‘the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas’.At Lambeth Palace, RowanWilliams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, urged a common ‘commitment to the dignity of all human beings, from the beginning to the end of life’. Six roadsweepers arrested on suspicion of a plot to blow up the Pope were released without charge.
TheEngland andWales Cricket Board threatened to take legal action against Ijaz Butt, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, for claiming England threw the third one-day game at The Oval.The International Cricket Council also examined Pakistan’s scoring pattern in the game, in a continuing controversy over claims of bribery in betting deals. Imran Farooq, a founder of the Muttahida Quami Movement party in Pakistan, was stabbed and beaten to death outside his house in Edgware, London. The British Government committed another £70 million in aid to Pakistan to help with flood relief, bringing its total donation to £134 million. Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, the security service, expressed concern about the influence of the Yemen-based Islamist cleric,Anwar al-Awlaki, whose sermons have featured in more than 5,000 videos onYouTube.
Abroad North Korea’s ruling party is to hold its first conference since 1980 on Tuesday, perhaps to name Kim Jong-il’s third son, Kim Jong-un, as his successor.The North Korean women’s association football team beat the Middlesbrough Ladies team 6-2. The US Senate blocked debate on whether homosexual people should join the armed forces. Christine O’Donnell, the Republican Senate candidate backed by supporters of the Tea Party movement, made light of remarks she had made in 1999 about dabbling in witchcraft at high school. She said: ‘We went to a movie and then had a little midnight picnic on a satanic altar.’ Afghanistan held a general election with the spectator | 25 September 2010 | www.spectator.co.uk
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Twelve days before the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, a footbridge collapsed, injuring 23 labourers. The chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation also complained of ‘excrement in places it shouldn’t be’ in the residential complex. Japan continued to detain the captain of a Chinese vessel that had collided a fortnight earlier with Japanese patrol vessels near the disputed and uninhabited Senkaku Islands. Murray Sayle, the journalist, died, aged 84.A 12in shaft reached the 33 miners trapped 2,000ft underground in Chile. Nearly 400 Morelet’s crocodiles up to 10ft long escaped from a breeding centre 25 miles upstream from Vera Cruz in Mexico. CSH