Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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CYPRUS PRESIDENT HOSPITALIZED

NICOSIA, Cyprus - The president of Cyprus was admitted to a hospital in Brussels today and unable to attend a European Union summit there.

President Nicos Anastasiades suffered a nosebleed and underwent nasal cauterization at the hospital, where he opted to stay overnight "for clearly precautionary reasons," said government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides.

Mr. Anastasiades, 68, was in "good health," and the decision to remain hospitalized was his, not his doctors, said Mr. Christodoulides.

Doctors advised Mr. Anastasiades to rest for two days.

He had traveled to Brussels to attend the two-day EU summit, which began today. But he will be represented there by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, said Mr. Christodoulides.

BERLUSCONI: LEGALIZE GAY CIVIL UNIONS

ROME - Silvio Berlusconi is pushing for the legalization of civil unions between gays in Italy, but not same-sex marriage.

In Rome, where politicians are sensitive to Vatican policy, the leader of Italy's largest center-right party told reporters today that allowing civil unions by gays would be the "right compromise" between freedom for all and "deep respect for Christian values."

The Catholic Church says only a man and a woman can be married.

Mr. Berlusconi's fianc, Francesca Pascale, recently told a radio interviewer that she favors the legalization gay marriage and civil unions.

But the former Italian premier is holding up Germany as the model of his plan.

Since 2001, Germany has allowed civil unions but not formal marriage for gay couples.

JERUSALEM MAYOR VOWS TO CALM CITY

JERUSALEM - Jerusalem's mayor is calling for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, saying violence will not be tolerated in his city.

Nir Barkat said in an interview today that violence in the city has become intolerable.

He spoke a day after a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a crowded train station, killing a 3-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.

Today, police were beefing up security across Jerusalem.

Mr. Barkat says Israel must fight the violence and "we will win that war. …

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