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Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of child abuse by priests

Apr 12, 2014

Pope asks forgiveness for 'evil' of child abuse by priests

Pope Francis on Friday made his first public plea for forgiveness for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s crisis over sexual abuse. The Argentine-born pontiff said the church, which last ...

U.S. Army's hairstyle ban irks blacks

Apr 11, 2014

U.S. Army's hairstyle ban irks blacks

Black female lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider revised army regulations that ban hairstyles frequently worn by minority women in the military. Sixteen members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter Thursday to Hagel, stating that the changes are “discriminatory ...

Apr 10, 2014

Court OKs Italy's first gay marriage

An Italian court Wednesday recognized a gay couple as married for the first time in the Catholic nation, where there is no form of official acknowledgement of the unions. The court in Grosseto, Tuscany, ordered the city council to list the couple, wed in ...

Apr 8, 2014

In Tunisia, fake virgins get spliced

It happens every April ahead of the popular summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynecologist Dr. Faouzi Hajri — desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them “virgins” again for their wedding night. Fearing rejection as “used” women in a conservative Muslim country where premarital ...

Caracas poor find haven in 'skyscraper slum'

Apr 4, 2014

Caracas poor find haven in 'skyscraper slum'

It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet this 45-story skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block. It is a slum, probably ...

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

| Apr 4, 2014

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the ...

Apr 4, 2014

Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California. The nonprofit, which makes the Firefox browser, infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Eich head of ...