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SWEDEN: A rival to WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks soon won't be the only secret-spilling game in town. A former co-worker of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to launch a rival website Monday called Openleaks that will help anonymous sources deliver sensitive material to public attention. In a documentary by Swedish broadcaster SVT, due to be aired Sunday and obtained in advance by The Associated Press, former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg said the new website will work as an outlet for anonymous sources.

ENGLAND: Security questioned

British officials defended the country's security practices on Friday after rampaging student protesters attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla. The chief of the Metropolitan Police pledged to launch a full and detailed investigation into the incident, in which protesters of higher university tuition fees smashed one of the royal couple's rear car windows and splashed white paint on the vehicle. Charles and Camilla were visibly shaken, but unharmed.

Sacred tree vandalized

Legend has it that the rare thorn tree on a hill in southern England had ties to the earliest days of Christianity. Now British police want to know who sawed the limbs off the Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree, reducing it to a stump. And they want to know why. Religious tradition holds that the original tree was planted by St. Joseph of Arimathea - the wealthy merchant who volunteered his prepared tomb to Jesus - after he first made landfall in England some 2,000 years ago. The chopped-down tree is thought to be descended from the original.


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