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Priest arrested on drug charge

The Orthodox Christian Church of Cyprus said it is "deeply saddened" by the arrest of a parish priest on charges of smuggling drugs to the east Mediterranean island from abroad.

The alleged actions of Fr Panayiotis Triantafyllou, a 37-year-old Greek national, have saddened the faithful and have left a black spot on the church, the Nicosia-based Church of Cyprus said in a statement on its website.

Police are holding the priest in custody until they complete an investigation.



25 years jail for bomb plotter

A man who said he wanted to wage jihad against the United States has been sentenced for plotting to bomb a military recruiting centre.

Antonio Martinez was sentenced in US District Court in Maryland to 25 years in prison.

Martinez pleaded guilty in January.

Prosecutors say he armed a fake bomb in a vehicle he parked in front of a recruiting centre in December 2010.



Founder quits cannabis school

The founder of a California medical marijuana training school raided by federal agents this week says he is giving up ownership of his pot businesses.

Richard Lee has been instrumental in pushing for ballot measures to legalise the drug. But the 49-year-old said he is worried he could face major federal drug charges.

Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided Oaksterdam University on Monday. They also raided Lee's home.

The purpose of the raids hasn't been disclosed.



UK teachers to strike over pay

Schools in Britain could face fresh strikes as early as this summer as teachers remain embroiled in a row with ministers over changes to pensions and pay, it has emerged.

A priority motion on public sector pensions, discussed at the National Union of Teachers conference in Torquay yesterday, called for joint walkouts this summer and beyond to "defeat the Government's proposals".


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