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hundreds rally against russian cathedral handover plans


moscow — hundreds of people are rallying in st. petersburg to protest plans to give the city's landmark cathedral to the russian orthodox church.local police said under 2,000 people attended the demonstration in central st. petersburg on urday. "don't steal" one placard read.the announcement earlier this month that the neocl ical st isaac's cathedral will be put under orthodox church ownership has inflamed public p ions in russia. more than 200,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the city authorities to reconsider.the transfer of st isaac's has been seen as part of the growing power of the orthodox church and a trend of social conservatism in russia, where president vladimir putin has appealed to traditional values as opposed to western liberalism to help tighten his grip






over 2,000 people rally against russian cathedral handover


moscow — over 2,000 people rallied in st. petersburg on urday to protest plans by the city authorities to give a landmark cathedral to the russian orthodox church amid an increasingly p ionate debate over the relationship between the church and state."we won't give st. isaac's to the church. we want to save it as a museum," boris vishnevsky, a local official, told protesters in central st. petersburg."st. isaac's cathedral is part of our cultural heritage. there are so many valuable exhibits that require the work of museum specialists. the russian orthodox church does not have those specialists," said irina azbel, 43, a doctor, who was among those protesting.the rally was significantly larger than a similar demonstration attended by several hundred people earlier this month.a few dozen cou






over 2,000 people rally against russian cathedral handover


st. petersburg, russia — over 2,000 people rallied in st. petersburg on urday to protest plans by the city authorities to give a landmark cathedral to the russian orthodox church amid an increasingly p ionate debate over the relationship between the church and state."we won't give st. isaac's to the church. we want to save it as a museum," boris vishnevsky, a local lawmaker, told protesters in central st. petersburg."st. isaac's cathedral is part of our cultural heritage. there are so many valuable exhibits that require the work of museum specialists. the russian orthodox church does not have those specialists," said irina azbel, 43, a doctor, who was among those protesting.the rally was significantly larger than a similar demonstration attended by several hundred people earlier this month






protesters in st. petersburg decry handover of cathedral


st. petersburg, russia — protesters rallied in st. petersburg on urday against plans by the city authorities to give a landmark cathedral to the russian orthodox church amid an increasingly p ionate debate over the relationship between the church and the russian state."we won't give st. isaac's to the church. we want to save it as a museum," boris vishnevsky, a local lawmaker, told protesters in central st. petersburg.st. isaac's, one of the most visited tourist sites in russia's old imperial capital, has been a museum since 1917. some experts are concerned that when it gains ownership, the orthodox church will neglect the exhibits on display, which include a rare foucault pendulum.the rally urday by over 2,000 people was significantly larger than a similar demonstration by several hundred






protesters in st. petersburg decry handover of cathedral


st. petersburg, russia (ap) — protesters rallied in st. petersburg on urday against plans by the city authorities to give a landmark cathedral to the russian orthodox church amid an increasingly p ionate debate over the relationship between the church and the russian state.“we won’t give st. isaac’s to the church. we want to save it as a museum,” boris vishnevsky, a local lawmaker, told protesters in central st. petersburg.st. isaac’s, one of the most visited tourist sites in russia’s old imperial capital, has been a museum since 1917. some experts are concerned that when it gains ownership, the orthodox church will neglect the exhibits on display, which include a rare foucault pendulum.the rally urday by over 2,000 people was significantly larger than a similar demonstration by several hu






protests mark cathedral's return to russian orthodox control


st. petersburg, russia — thousands of people in russia's second-largest city held competing demonstrations sunday for and against the return of the renowned st. isaac's cathedral to the russian orthodox church.the cathedral, one of st. petersburg's top tourist destinations, was seized by the state after the 1917 bolshevik revolution and became a museum. the city announced last month that it would be returned to church control.opponents say they fear that under the church, tours will focus on the cathedral's religious aspects and give short shrift to its architectural and cultural importance."one of the city's biggest museums is being ruined," anna polovikina, an opponent of the handover, said. "i'm an orthodox believer, and this situation won't change my belief, but i know people who are r






hundreds in st. petersburg protest plan to give cathedral-turned-museum back to


protesters against the transfer of st. isaac's cathedral to the russian orthodox church gather at marsovo field in st. petersburg, russia, on jan. 28, 2017.dmitri lovetsky / ociated pressprotesters against the transfer of st. isaac's cathedral to the russian orthodox church gather at marsovo field in st. petersburg, russia, on jan. 28, 2017.protesters against the transfer of st. isaac's cathedral to the russian orthodox church gather at marsovo field in st. petersburg, russia, on jan. 28, 2017. (dmitri lovetsky / ociated press)






palestinian police disperse rally over russian church land


hebron, west bank — palestinian police broke up a rally by an islamic party protesting against the palestinian government handing land over to the russian church.police said officers used tear gas on urday to disperse hundreds of protesters and arrested 25 of them in the west bank city of hebron.bahir saleh, the spokesman of the islamic liberation party, said "this is islamic land and shouldn't be given to anyone, particularly russia who is killing muslims everywhere." saleh said protesters were sending a strong message to president mahmoud abbas against the move.he said a russian church was built on land rented for a century from a local arab tribe 150 years ago. the land should be returned to the family, he said.abbas has good relations with russian president vladimir putin.






protests held for, against church controlling st. isaac's


st. petersburg, russia — thousands of people in russia's second-largest city have held competing demonstrations for and against the return of the renowned st. isaac's cathedral to the russian orthodox church.the cathedral, one of the city's top tourist destinations, was seized by the state after the 1917 bolshevik revolution and became a museum. the city announced last month that it would be returned to church control.opponents say they fear that under church control, tours will focus on the cathedral's religious aspects and give short shrift to its architectural and cultural importance.but proponents say the cathedral is debased by secular control.the demonstration supporting church control attracted about 1,000 people, and the one in opposition was twice that big.






hundreds pack st. agnes cathedral for new bishop’s installation


advertisement | advertise on newsdaybishop john barres walks into saint agnes cathedral on tuesday, jan. 31, 2017, for his installation as the new bishop of the diocese of rockville centre. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara) st. agnes cathedral was packed with hundreds of religious leaders, priests and parishioners tuesday afternoon to witness and celebrate the installation of bishop john barres as the fifth bishop of the diocese of rockville centre.the service began at 2 p.m. after a lengthy procession into the church. light snow and freezing temperatures had greeted dozens of people who began gathering outside...






campaign to preserve 'queen's' malta cathedral


an appeal has been launched to save a cathedral on malta where queen elizabeth ii used to worship.after world war ii, the then-princess elzabeth lived on the mediterranean island while prince philip was stationed there as a royal naval officer.now st paul's anglican pro-cathedral in valetta is in need of a €3m (£2.6m) renovation.






russia may return edward snowden to u.s. to "curry favor," says u.s. official /


u.s. intelligence officials say russia may return edward snowden to the united states as a "gift" to president donald trump, who once referred to the nsa document leaker as a "spy" and a "traitor" for whom the death penalty would be appropriate punishment. putin spokesman dmitry peskov called the report "nonsense." snowden's lawyer said they're unaware of any such deal in the workings. the nbc news exclusive cites “a senior u.s. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing russian deliberations and who says a snowden handover is one of various ploys to 'curry favor' with trump.” a second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the russian conver ions and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration. snowden's acl






worcester cathedral bell-ringer thrown in air


a bell-ringer is recovering after being dropped in what's been described as a "freak accident" at worcester cathedral.the ringing master at the cathedral, mark regan, gave a vivid account to bbc hereford and worcester of the moment ian bowman was flipped upside down.mr bowman was lowered 80ft (24m) through a trap door in the cathedral by a specialist rescue unit.the accident happened during evensong on saturday when the bell-ringing rope caught mr bowman's heel. he's now back home in devon and able to walk despite fracturing a bone in his back.injured bell-ringer winched 80ft from worcester cathedral bell tower






russia may turn snowden over to u.s. as 'gift' to 'curry favor' with trump (who


u.s. intelligence officials say russia 'is considering' sending edward snowden back to the united states as a "gift" to president donald trump, who has consistently referred to the nsa leaker as a "spy" and a "traitor" for whom the death penalty would be appropriate punishment. trump has, however, also said weird things like this about snowden which don't involve wanting to murder him. snowden's lawyer at the aclu, ben wizner, says they're unaware of any such deal in the workings. the nbc news exclusive cites “a senior u.s. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing russian deliberations and who says a snowden handover is one of various ploys to 'curry favor' with trump.” the timing couldn't be weirder. snowden is a shiny object. a second sourc






trump says he never met this russian billionaire — but their jets keep mysteriou


charlotte, n.c. — five days before the november election, a russian billionaire’s jet wheeled to a stop at charlotte douglas international airport. less than 90 minutes later, donald trump’s campaign jet arrived on the same tarmac for an afternoon campaign rally in nearby concord. who was aboard dmitry rybolovlev’s luxurious jet and whether the planes’ near-simultaneous…






russian jews horrified by mp’s ‘shameful’ slur


a pro-kremlin lawmaker came under fire monday after saying the ancestors of local jewish opposition figures in saint-petersburg “boiled christians in cauldrons”, sparking indignation from russia’s jewish community.vitaly milonov, a duma deputy known for his anti-gay initiatives, lashed out at the weekend at two local lawmakers leading a protest against handing over st. isaac’s basilica, a top landmark in russia’s second largest city, to the russian orthodox church.“christians survived despite the fact that the ancestors of boris vishnevsky and maksim reznik boiled us in cauldrons and fed us to animals,” ultra-conservative milonov said at a rally sunday to support the controversial handover.the statement triggered a storm of criticism, with another local lawmaker alexei kovalev petitioning






anderson cooper torches carter page in embarrassing interview on russia and his


former donald trump campaign advisor carter page never once shook trump’s hand but somehow he has claimed that he has been in meetings with trump. page meant meetings in the russian sense, however, which are rallies. in an embarrassing interview with anderson cooper on friday, page tried to dodge questions by claiming that the two wouldn’t even be having a conversation were it not for leaks to usa today. page said that he didn’t attend a meeting with russians so much as he attended a conference. cooper asked why page didn’t clarify to reporter judy woodruff that he spent less than ten seconds with the russian ambassador. that said, page did say that he was using the “russian definition” of a meeting, which seemed to mean any joint gathering. cooper questioned then if the “hundreds or thous






top u.s. military commander to meet russian counterpart


washington—the u.s. military’s top uniformed officer plans to meet this week with his russian counterpart, the pentagon said wednesday, marking the highest-level military meeting between washington and moscow since 2014.the meeting between marine corps gen. joseph dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and russian gen. valery gerasimov comes amid a possible thaw in relations between washington and moscow under president...






anderson cooper torches carter page in embarrassing interview on russia and his


facebook, politics, trump news, u.s. newsanderson cooper torches carter page in embarrassing interview on russia and his role with trumpsarah k. burris03 mar 2017 at 20:56 etformer donald trump campaign advisor carter page never once shook trump’s hand but somehow he has claimed that he has been in meetings with trump. page meant meetings in the russian sense, however, which are rallies. in an embarrassing interview with anderson cooper on friday, page tried to dodge questions by claiming that the two wouldn’t even be having a conversation were it not for leaks to usa today. page said that he didn’t attend a meeting with russians so much as he attended a conference. cooper asked why page didn’t clarify to reporter judy woodruff that he spent less than ten seconds with the russian ambassado






anderson cooper torches carter page in embarrassing interview on russia and his


facebook, politics, trump news, u.s. newsanderson cooper torches carter page in embarrassing interview on russia and his role with trumpsarah k. burris03 mar 2017 at 20:56 etformer donald trump campaign advisor carter page never once shook trump’s hand but somehow he has claimed that he has been in meetings with trump. page meant meetings in the russian sense, however, which are rallies. in an embarrassing interview with anderson cooper on friday, page tried to dodge questions by claiming that the two wouldn’t even be having a conversation were it not for leaks to usa today. page said that he didn’t attend a meeting with russians so much as he attended a conference. cooper asked why page didn’t clarify to reporter judy woodruff that he spent less than ten seconds with the russian ambassado






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thomas dunne and his wife moved to downtown st. paul 12 years ago to take a ntage of the amenities connected to their home via a series of skyways.but at a packed and heated public meeting friday morning, dunne said those amenities have become increasingly more difficult to access as people loiter in the skyways, which is a complex system of private and public space patrolled by both private security and st. paul police.“you’re not going to get killed, you’re not going to get robbed, but you’re going to be bothered,” said dunne. “the fact that no one knows who runs the skyway is pathetic.”several of the approximately 60 people at the skyway governance advisory committee meeting clapped, eager to share stories about getting locked out of the skyway on cold winter nights because different bu