Welby to visit Holy Land
The leader of the world’s Anglicans is to make a five-day visit to Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories from yesterday, Lambeth Palace said. It will be Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s, the spiritual leader of the Church of England first visit to the Holy Land since his enthronement in March. The trip comes after Welby visited Rome on June 14 and met with Pope Francis for the first time, amid efforts to reconcile Anglicans and Roman Catholics. “Archbishop Justin is making this trip early in his ministry because of the significance of the region, the importance of the relationships that his office has there, and because he is keenly aware of the particular pressures on the region at the moment — not least the devastating conflict in Syria, and its impact more widely,” Lambeth Palace said in a statement. In Jerusalem, he will visit the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Temple Mount, as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. He will also meet with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, patriarchs and church leaders. In Cairo, Welby will meet Coptic Pope Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the top Sunni Muslim authority.
Crane falls, 13 hurt
Police say a crane carrying a panoramic cabin tipped over at a festival in Neuenstadt am Kocher on Saturday afternoon and hit a house, injuring 13 people. The cabin suspended from the crane had been set up for a festival organized by a local school. Police in nearby Heilbronn said in a statement that the cabin collapsed into the roof of a residential building. All eight adults and five children in the cabin were injured; two of the adults suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospitals by helicopter. No one in the house was hurt. It was not immediately clear what caused the crane to tip over.
Escaped pet lynx found
Police on Saturday said they have recovered a pet lynx that escaped from its Russian owners while they were vacationing in the jet-set haven of Saint-Tropez. “There’s a lot of extravagance here and you have to be innovative. Before, it was just a question of beautiful cars,” an officer told reporters. The 18kg feline disappeared from the luxurious rented premises in the residential area of Gassin on Friday. Authorities said the serval could get aggressive after spending a few days in the wild. Police on Saturday questioned its Russian owners to find out just how the lynx had been brought into the region.
Bus crash injures 38
An official says a bus has crashed near the eastern port city of Alicante, injuring 38 people, six of them seriously. The accident happened on a highway circling the city late on Saturday for reasons still under investigation. The official, who is with a regional branch of the Ministry of the Interior, requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. Six seriously injured passengers were taken to two hospitals in Alicante, news agency Europa Press reported, citing ministry officials. The other 32 were treated at the scene of the accident. Europa Press quoted the Center for Emergency Information and Coordination for the region of Alicante as saying that the bus overturned, but that no other vehicles appear to have been involved.