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Pope Frances to nuns: Be ‘mothers’ rather than ‘spinsters’

Pope Francis told 800 nuns gathered at the Vatican on Wednesday that they should be spiritual “mothers” rather than “spinsters”, and stressed the importance of showing obedience to the Catholic Church. The pontiff, 76, told the assembly of the International Union of Superiors General they should strive for “a fertile…

Kidnap victim Amanda Berry returns home

US kidnap victim Amanda Berry arrived at her sister’s house on Wednesday for an emotional reunion with her family a decade after she became one of three local women to be kidnapped. Television images of the rear of the home showed someone carrying a small child, thought to be the…

Is Obama delivering on his promise of a ’21st Century’ approach to the War on Drugs?

By Christie Thompson, ProPublica When the Obama administration released its 2013 Drug Control Strategy recently, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called it a “21st century” approach to drug policy. “It should be a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. The latest plan builds on Obama’s initial…

Philippine volcano survivor recalls ‘scene from hell’

Philippine tour guide Roel Llarena recalled Wednesday how a mountain hike turned into a nightmare when the volcano he was climbing began spewing out giant rocks, killing five of his companions. “I stood there frozen. I couldn’t believe what was happening, I didn’t know what to do. It was like…

Fly factory that transforms waste into animal feed wins UN innovation prize

A fly factory that transforms blood, guts, manure and discarded food into animal feed has walked away with a $100,000 UN-backed innovation prize. The Stellenbosch, South Africa-based initiative uses the prolific egg layers to recycle industry’s cast-offs into reusable protein by mimicking nature and harnessing the winged insects, usually regarded…

Police found chains and ropes inside Cleveland kidnapper’s home: report

US police investigating the decade-long kidnap of three Ohio women found ropes and chains in the house where they were held, Cleveland police chief Michael McGrath told NBC television on Wednesday. “We have confirmation they were bound and there were chains and ropes in the hall,” he said on the…

French man killed by shark on his honeymoon

A French honeymooner was attacked and killed by a shark on Wednesday while he was surfing not far from the beach on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, authorities said. The 36-year-old was in the sea off the popular beach of Brisants de Saint-Gilles when a shark charged at…

Young people are three times as likely to be unemployed in global economy

By Katie Allen, The Guardian UN agency warns of unrest with global youth unemployment forecast to reach 12.8% by 2018 after falling since 2009 Global youth unemployment has risen to close to its crisis peak and will climb higher as the economic recovery falters, a report by a UN agency…

Austrian gets $38 million tax bill by mistake

A 22-year-old Austrian had the shock of his life when he received a tax bill for more than 29 million euros ($38 million), a newspaper reported Wednesday. Agadir B. told the Heute daily he got the bill after filing his tax return for 2008, when he earned around 600 euros…

Arab League praises U.S.-Russia deal to stop fighting in Syria

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday hailed a US-Russia accord to push both sides fighting in the Syrian conflict to end the bloodshed, but cautioned that it was “only a first step”. The US-Russia agreement came after lengthy talks in Moscow between US Secretary of State John Kerry,…

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