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British Council ends classes in Russia
MOSCOW, Russia
The British Council has stopped offering English-language lessons in Russia after the country's foreign ministry required that it obtain a license to keep the classes operating, an official said.
The council, an NGO that acts as the cultural department of the British Embassy and offers education and culture exchange programs has come under pressure over the past two years from Russian authorities who claimed it was a for-profit organization subject to taxation.
But James Kennedy, head of British Council Moscow stressed that the decision to terminate the English-language program was its "personal decision, a business decision."
Stanton dies at 98
NEW YORK, New York
Frank Stanton, a broadcasting pioneer and CBS president for 26 years who helped turn its TV operation into the "Tiffany network" and built CBS News into a respected information source, has died. He was 98.
Stanton died in his sleep at his Boston home on Sunday, said longtime friend Elisabeth Allison.
"He took an afternoon nap and never woke up," Allison said, her voice choking with grief.
Stanton once summarized his duties as "keeping the company going." But during his long association with CBS founder William S. Paley, the psychologist helped build the company from a modest chain of radio affiliates into a communications empire whose centerpiece became the nation's pre-eminent TV network.
Church robbed
NEW YORK, New York
Two grinches spoiled Christmas Day for a church, robbing the safe of more than US$20,000 in donations for needy children, police said.
The pastor at St. Mel's Roman Catholic Church in Queens said he believed the two men knew where they were going when they broke in through the back door and stole between US$20,000 and US$30,000 after morning Mass.
"It was done while the people were in the building," the Rev. Christopher J. Turczany said.
The safe was removed while church employees left area, he said.
The crooks fled in a sport utility vehicle. No arrests had been made as of Monday evening.


Updated : 2021-05-18 20:19 GMT+08:00