CP World Report: Republican Strategies, Legalized Marijuana, Syria, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria

Following the re-election of President Obama in a narrow victory over Mitt Romney, Former House speaker and G-O-P presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says Republicans need to rethink their strategies

Colorado and Washington are among the states that have allowed marijuana use for medical reasons. But now voters in those states decided to legalize the recreational use of the drug. The initiatives regulate the production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for people 21 and older.

The Washington referendum called for a 25-percent tax rate imposed on the product three times: when the grower sells to the processor, the processor to the retailer, and when the retailer sells it to the customer.

Britain's Prime Minister says he's prepared to help arrange a safe exit for President Bashar Al-Assad from Syria. David Cameron made the remarks in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV in Abu Dhabi -- saying he would agree to "anything" to remove Assad from power.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper accompanied by his wife Laureen arrived in India this week. . Government dignitaries received Harper at the airport. On the agenda of discussions between him and the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh: Civil nuclear cooperation, ways to step up bilateral trade and economic ties.

The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for over 40 years…. has died from heart failure. Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria was 98. 13 senior clergy of the Holy Synod in Bulgaria will first gather to make funeral arrangements and then begin their search for his official successor, which can take up to four months. Maxim was instrumental in holding the Church together after the collapse of communism in 1989. Maxim also did his part in mending relationships between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, and met with Pope John Paul II during the latter's visit to Sofia in 2002.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Protestants and Catholics to emphasize what they have in common. Speaking at the Evangelical Church in Germany's annual synod near Luebeck, Merkel said this is necessary in the Christian world especially in a very secular world. Merkel is the daughter of a Protestant Pastor. Church leaders have been working together to prepare for celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation for "Luther Jubilee 2017".


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