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Acid attack photo shoot gets India's attention

A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because of spurned sexual advances. The 41 ...

Sep 19, 2014

Cardinals debate marriage, divorce before crucial meeting

The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis. Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics ...

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation’s economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for the November elections. The U.S. Census Bureau, in its annual ...

Sep 11, 2014

Atheist must swear to God — or leave U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has told a sergeant he will have to leave the military unless he agrees to take an oath including the phrase “so help me God,” officials said Tuesday. In the latest religious controversy to roil the air force, the atheist ...

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. falls behind in college competition, OECD says

The United States has slipped behind many other countries in college completion and “educational mobility,” with fewer young Americans getting more education than their parents, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “Education at a Glance” report. U.S. college graduation rates rank ...

Sep 9, 2014

Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last ...