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Hospital officer reveals mystery nun's identity

Published March 29, 2007



Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun whose testimony of a mystery cure from Parkinson's disease will likely be accepted as the miracle the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II, an anonymous official at the Paris maternity hospital where she works told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The nun says that she was cured of Parkinson's after she and her community of nuns prayed to Pope John Paul. The nun, a member of the Congregation of Little Sisters of Catholic Motherhood in Aix-en-Provence in southeast France, works at the Sainte-Felicite hospital in Paris, the anonymous official said. An official announcement about her is expected this weekend.


Court dismisses 'Da Vinci Code' suit

Britain's Court of Appeal rejected a lawsuit Wednesday from two authors who claimed novelist Dan Brown stole their ideas for his blockbuster novel The Da Vinci Code. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh had sued Brown's publisher, Random House Inc. One of the judges said copyright protects an author's labor in researching and writing a book, but doesn't extend to facts, theories and themes.


Opposition leader is arrested again

Police stormed the main opposition party headquarters Wednesday and arrested its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, and others. An aide to Tsvangirai did not know where they were taken or if they had been charged. Tsvangirai, 54, was also arrested along with about 50 other people on March 11 as opposition, church, student and civic groups tried to stage a prayer meeting. His supporters said police repeatedly smashed his head against a wall.


Fire kills 70 people scavenging for fuel

A fire ignited as people were scavenging spilled fuel from an overturned tanker truck in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state, killing 70 and wounding 20 on Monday, Saad Yahaya, a police spokesman, said Wednesday.

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