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Young Catholics flood Rio’s streets after Pope Francis speech

Heeding Pope Francis’ call to shake up the Church, hundreds of thousands of young Catholics marched across Rio on Saturday, singing, beating drums and chanting “this is the pope’s youth!” They waved flags from around the world — Brazil, Australia, South Africa, the United States — and pitched tents on…

Kenya’s elephants may vanish in 10 years, warns prominent naturalist

A Kenya Wildlife Service officer holds an elephant ivory tusk, as they are displayed outside the Port of Mombasa’s police station, in Mombasa, Kenya, earlier this month, after a container ship containing more than 440 pieces…  …

More than 1,000 escape in Libya prison break: security

More than 1,000 inmates, mostly common law offenders, escaped during a prison riot and attack on Saturday in the restive Libyan city of Benghazi, a security official told AFP. “There was a riot inside Al-Kuifiya prison, as well as an attack from outside. More then 1,000 prisoners escaped. Special forces…

CAR: Raped, plundered and ignored

The Central African Republic is all but lawless, with just 200 police to guard 4.6m people from rebel gangs who attack women, kill men and recruit children at will. Despite repeated warnings, the international community has done little, even as arms continue to flood into the country It was dusk…

Michigan attorney general backs pensioners in Detroit bankruptcy

(Reuters) – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said on Saturday he would join Detroit’s federal bankruptcy case to defend retirees who risk losing public pensions, arguing that the state’s constitution protects their benefits. Schuette said Michigan’s constitution is “crystal clear” in stating that pension plans are a contractual obligation that…

Egyptian forces kill dozens of supporters of ousted Morsi

By Tom Perry and Noah Browning CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces shot dead dozens of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi on Saturday, witnesses said, days after the army chief called for a popular mandate to wipe out “violence and terrorism”. Men in helmets and black police fatigues fired…

Lindy Boggs, Louisianna congresswoman and civil rights crusader, dies at 97

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lindy Boggs, who took over her husband’s congressional seat to become a crusader for women’s equality and civil rights, died Saturday at 97. Her death was confirmed by ABC News, where Boggs’ daughter, Cokie Roberts, is a journalist. The matriarch of a powerful Washington family, Boggs served…

UK’s anti-porn filtering being handled by a Chinese company

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s anti-porn activities have been well detailed here recently, including his insistence that search engines enable child pornography and that ISP-level porn filtering should be on by default. Despite lacking the comprehension…  …

How hackers use bots to score prime restaurant reservations

Forget about hacking an app or database: for a small cadre of hackers in San Francisco, it’s all about writing code that can score them a great table at a hot restaurant. According to the BBC, these developers and programmers have designed bots that…  …

Inside TimeSpace, the New York Times’ new startup accelerator

Like many entrepreneurs, Tarikh Korula takes pride in the standard perks of entrepreneurship: He doesn’t have a boss, a corporate cubicle, or a “real job.” It’s been seven years since he’s worked in what he…  …

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