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Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Aug 16, 2014

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text. But he has gamely ventured into uncharted linguistic territory during his South Korea visit, delivering a ...

Aug 15, 2014

Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protesters, rights group says

Chinese police have opened fire on Tibetan demonstrators in southwestern China, wounding 10 people, after the Tibetans protested against the detention of a respected village leader, a Tibetan rights group said. The crackdown in the Ganzi prefecture of Sichuan province, a flash point for ...

Aug 15, 2014

Aussie hospital declares 200 patients dead instead of discharged

An Australian hospital has apologized “unreservedly” after sending out notices to the doctors of more than 200 patients telling them they had died, instead of being discharged. Thursday’s error by Austin Hospital in Melbourne was spotted within hours and the doctors were contacted, but ...

Aug 15, 2014

Life in prison for killer of India's 'Bandit Queen'

The upper-caste killer of India’s famous “Bandit Queen” was sentenced Thursday to life in prison by a court for gunning down the outlaw-turned-legislator who was idolized as a champion of the lower castes. Phoolan Devi long roamed central India’s desolate valleys, allegedly stealing from ...

Aug 15, 2014

India sets age limit for Krishna birthday pyramids

India’s top court said Thursday that children as young as 12 can climb atop towering human pyramids in a popular Hindu celebration that has seen deaths and injuries in past years. Devotees celebrate the birthday of the child god Krishna each August by forming ...

Hunt starts for massive bell in Myanmar river

Aug 15, 2014

Hunt starts for massive bell in Myanmar river

Divers attached to safety ropes have plunged into waters south of Myanmar’s old capital as part of renewed efforts to retrieve a bronze bell that has been lying for centuries at the confluence of three rivers. The 270-ton bell, believed to be one of ...

As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Aug 14, 2014

As pope visits South Korea, North fires projectiles

Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul’s never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour ...