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Nov 6, 2014

Pope mulls removing marriage annulment charges

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the hardships Catholics can face when seeking marriage annulments, revealing he once fired an official who tried to charge thousands of dollars for one. Francis told participants at a Vatican course for officials dealing with annulments that as bishop ...

Nov 2, 2014

After nationwide blackout, Bangladesh's power supply is restored

Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said. The country’s energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may ...

Egypt jails eight men over viral 'gay marriage' video

Nov 1, 2014

Egypt jails eight men over viral 'gay marriage' video

An Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years Saturday over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding, which went viral on the Internet. Homosexuality is not specifically banned under Egyptian law, so the men, arrested in September, were convicted of broadcasting ...

Oct 31, 2014

'I'm Proud to Be Gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook

by Tim Cook

Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping ...

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Oct 31, 2014

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged ...

In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

Oct 30, 2014

In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics

In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France’s hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural Islamization. Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the total to over a dozen ...

Thai junta's focus on school reforms raises eyebrows

Oct 30, 2014

Thai junta's focus on school reforms raises eyebrows

Sixteen years old and studying 13 hours a day, high school pupil Worapot doesn’t have time to waste meeting a military-led government’s idea of what makes a good Thai. The generals who led a coup in May have prioritized school reforms to inculcate a ...