Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, was hospitalized late on Sunday with an unknown illness after reportedly being rushed by ambulance for treatment in a “critical condition.” She “was taken by ambulance to Nantucket Cottage Hospital accompanied by her husband” late on Sunday afternoon, Kerry’s personal spokesman Glen Johnson said in a statement. Johnson said Heinz Kerry, 74, was later transferred to “Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston... The family is grateful for the outpouring of support it has received and aware of the interest in her condition, but they ask for privacy at this time.” The family had been celebrating the July 4 national holiday weekend at their home on Nantucket Island.
Governor closes schools
Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam on Sunday ordered all schools in the state closed to avoid more attacks by Islamic militants who have killed dozens of students and teachers. Gaidam issued the order after visiting students with burn and gunshot wounds from Saturday’s attack on a boarding school outside Potiskum, the state’s second-largest town. Extremists set a dormitory ablaze, burning some students alive. At least 29 students and one teacher were killed. Gaidam said such attacks could be averted if the military would resume cellphone service cut to three northeastern states since the government declared a state of emergency on May 14.
Opposition ready for vote
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says his party is ready to contest elections on July 31 despite worries that the poll is taking place before democratic reforms can be completed. Speaking at a gathering on Sunday to start his party’s three-week campaign, Tsvangirai said he has had to bow to pressure for an early vote. It was the former opposition leader’s first official acceptance of the date set by President Robert Mugabe.
Anglicans sorry over abuse
The Church of England has formally apologized for past child abuse by Anglican priests and for its own failure to prevent it. The church’s governing body, the General Synod, voted unanimously to make the apology at a meeting in York and said it would now tighten its procedures. “We failed big time,” Paul Butler, the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, said as he opened the meeting on Sunday. “We cannot do anything other than own up to our failures. We were wrong. Our failures were sin just as much as the perpetrators sinned.”
Bad behavior condemned
President Raul Castro spent the lion’s share of a prominent speech on Sunday scolding his countrymen for all kinds of bad behavior, everything from corruption and theft to public urination and the odoriferous practice of raising pigs in cities. Speaking before legislators at one of parliament’s twice-annual sessions, he railed against decaying morals, a deteriorating sense of civic responsibility and vanishing values like honor, decency and decorum. He had a list of complaints about illegal activities, including unauthorized home construction, logging, slaughter of livestock and taking bribes, and “social indiscipline” — shouting and swearing in the streets, public drinking, drunk driving, dumping trash on the roadside and showing up late to work.