Brazil: Killers get holiday
RIO DE JANEIRO Two men convicted in the 2005 killing of American nun and rainforest defender Dorothy Stang will be allowed to spend Brazilian Fathers' Day at home, court officials said Thursday.
A judge ordered Clodaldo Batista and Amair Feijoli da Cunha freed for five days to spend the Sunday holiday with their families.
Each man is serving 17 years for the killing of Stang, a Dayton, Ohio, native who spent 30 years in the Amazon working to preserve the rainforest and teach the poor to demand their rights against powerful logging and ranching interests.
Canada: PETA ad denied
TORONTO The animal rights group PETA has tried unsuccessfully to run a newspaper ad comparing the beheading and cannibalizing of a passenger on a Greyhound bus in Canada last week to the treatment of animals by the meat industry.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said on its Web site it wanted to run the ad in Manitoba's Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic, which is distributed in the city near where a man stabbed a fellow passenger multiple times, then beheaded him and ate pieces of the body.
However, city editor Tara Seel said Thursday the newspaper had no intention of running the ad, which uses imagery of a victim's throat being cut, in reference to the slaughter of animals on factory farms.
England: Archbishop report
LONDON In newly disclosed letters, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams wrote that the Bible doesn't forbid same-sex relationships when there is a commitment similar to traditional marriages, a British newspaper reported Thursday.
The report by the Times of London was the latest development in the controversial issue of how the Anglican church should view homosexuality. Williams has come under intense scrutiny as differing views over whether to accept changes in traditional biblical understanding of same-sex relationships have threatened to split the 77 million-member Anglican Communion.
The archbishop's office declined to comment on the issue on Thursday.
The newspaper reported that Williams outlined his views on the controversial subject in letters written between 2000 and 2001 to Deborah Pitt, a psychiatrist and evangelical Christian who asked for his opinion.
Italy: Andrea Pininfarina dies
MILAN Andrea Pininfarina, chief executive of the family Italian car design firm that counts Ferraris and Alfa Romeos among its creations, died Thursday in an accident near the northern city of Turin, reports said. He was 51.
Pininfarina, who was on a scooter, collided with a car whose driver failed to stop at an intersection, Luigi Semenzato, police chief in the town of Trofarello south of Turin, told Sky Tg24 television news. He said the driver "didn't see the Vespa coming."
Pininfarina ran Pininfarina SpA, founded in 1930 by his grandfather Battista "Pinin" Farina, who combined his nickname and surname to create the company name and a new family name.