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Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

Jul 15, 2014

Death of Archie will send a message to fans of comic

For the fans of Archie Andrews, his impending death marks a fitting end for the do-gooder comic book icon. The famous 73-year-old red-headed comic book character will die in Wednesday’s installment of “Life with Archie” when he intervenes in an assassination attempt on Sen. ...

Church of England says yes to female bishops

Jul 15, 2014

Church of England says yes to female bishops

The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops. The church’s national assembly, known as the General Synod, voted for the historic measure, reaching the required two-thirds ...

Dane builds tricycle for green funeral trips

Jul 13, 2014

Dane builds tricycle for green funeral trips

Shuffling off this mortal coil in many countries is followed by a final trip to burial or cremation in a motorized hearse. But in Denmark, a country famous for its pedaling lifestyle, the deceased now can be seen off on a tricycle. The contraption, ...

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Jul 8, 2014

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. “He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul,” said Boudreau. “There ...

Jul 8, 2014

Asylum requests in Europe hit all-time high

Almost half a million people requested asylum in Europe last year, 30 percent more than in 2012 and the highest number yet registered, official figures showed Monday. “We have in our immediate neighborhood a very worrying situation,” said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem ...

Pope vows to hold bishops accountable for abuse

Jul 8, 2014

Pope vows to hold bishops accountable for abuse

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests. Abuse victims and their advocates have ...

Jul 7, 2014

Cameron under pressure to launch child abuse inquiry

British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing calls to launch a full-scale inquiry into allegations that well-known politicians abused children in the 1980s, after an official said the government had lost files that may shed light on the matter. The allegations, which purportedly involve ...

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

Jul 3, 2014

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

British data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances of the experiment, carried out by two U.S. universities and the social network. ...

European court upholds French burqa ban

Jul 2, 2014

European court upholds French burqa ban

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld France’s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom. In a case brought by a 24-year-old Frenchwoman with the support of a British legal team, the court ruled that France was ...