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Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Apr 12, 2015

Pope calls Turkey's Armenian slaughter 'genocide'

Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians, calling it “the first genocide of the 20th century,” a politically explosive pronouncement that will certainly anger Turkey. Francis, who has close ties to the Armenian community from his days in ...

Take in 65,000 Syrians by end of 2016, aid group urges U.S.

Apr 10, 2015

Take in 65,000 Syrians by end of 2016, aid group urges U.S.

An international aid group on Thursday called on the United States to resettle 65,000 Syrians before the end of 2016, highlighting Washington’s slow response to the massive refugee crisis generated by the civil war. David Miliband, the president and CEO of the International Rescue ...

Volunteer pilots help doomed dogs land new chance at life

Apr 9, 2015

Volunteer pilots help doomed dogs land new chance at life

Thousands of dogs facing euthanasia, some just hours from death, get loaded on planes each year and flown to new homes in places across the United States with shortages of adoptable pets. Groups such as California-based Wings of Rescue or South Carolina-based Pilots N ...

Apr 9, 2015

'Conversion' therapy for gay youth must end: Obama

President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the ...

Racism still a problem at U.S. universities

Apr 4, 2015

Racism still a problem at U.S. universities

Racist incidents are popping up at U.S. colleges and universities, even though students are becoming increasingly vocal in protesting racism and administrators are taking swift, zero-tolerance action against it. This past week alone, Bucknell University in Pennsylvania expelled three students for making racist comments ...

Mar 30, 2015

Russian theater director fired over 'decadent' opera staging

Russia’s culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. The announcement was made as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsk theater to protest the opera, which they ...