BRITAIN: New archbishop, old questions
The new archbishop of Canterbury was formally enthroned Thursday -- and questions about the Church of England's opposition to same-sex marriage greeted his promotion. Justin Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion. His enthronement in the 900-year-old Canterbury Cathedral was before politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron and religious leaders. Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, also attended. Earlier, Welby talked to the BBC about some issues that dogged his predecessors. He acknowledged that many gays have enduring relationships of "stunning" quality, a fact he said that has "deeply challenged" his own views on gay marriage.
AUSTRALIA: Gillard survives another crisis
Prime Minister Julia Gillard's second win over rivals for her job in a year gave her minority government space to assemble a budget as it struggles to revive public support ahead of a national election Sept. 14. Gillard, 51, called a leadership contest after one of her ministers urged a rematch with Kevin Rudd, whom she ousted in 2010 and beat again in a February 2012 party vote. After Rudd refused to run and Gillard won an uncontested so-called spill, her deputy, Treasurer Wayne Swan, said "it's back to work," with a budget due in May. Thursday, Rudd ruled out seeking the Labor leadership in the future. Any further loss in support would increase the odds of Liberal-National leader Tony Abbott pressing for a parliamentary no-confidence motion, after he lost a bid to hold one Wednesday by three votes.
SWITZERLAND: Sri Lanka pressed on civil war
For the second time in two years, the UN's top human rights body approved a U.S.-backed resolution Thursday calling on Sri Lanka to more thoroughly investigate alleged war crimes committed by both sides during the quarter-century civil war with the Tamil Tiger rebels. By a 25-13 vote, the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council urged the South Asian nation "to initiate credible and independent actions" to ensure justice and accountability in the aftermath of the conflict, which ended in 2009.