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Pope Francis Raffling Off Papal Gifts To Raise Money For The Poor

Holy regifting!<p>Pope Francis is raffling off gifts that have been given to him — including a car — to raise money for the poor. The Vatican City State administration put up posters this week advertising the raffle and the prizes that are up for grabs. The posters say that the money raised will be …

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto Discloses $3 Million In Assets

MEXICO CITY, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Facing conflict of interest accusations over the Mexican first lady's mansion, President Enrique Pena Nieto disclosed late on Wednesday he owned nine separate real estate properties among his total personal assets worth at least 45.2 million pesos ($3.3 million).<p>His …

Obama Hails Medal-Winning Researchers for Pushing Limits

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions." The …

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Federal Reserve launches 2 reviews of its oversight of big banks

The Federal Reserve on Thursday said it launched two internal reviews of its oversight of the nation's largest banks to determine if officials are getting the information needed to properly supervise their operations.<p>The announcement comes as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which oversees …

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics.<p>But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.<p>"The reality of the situation is that most adults who drink, …

Egypt’s first female genital mutilation trial ends in not guilty verdict

The first doctor to be brought to trial in Egypt on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been acquitted, crushing hopes that the landmark verdict would discourage Egyptian doctors from conducting the endemic practice.<p>Raslan Fadl, a doctor and Islamic preacher in the village of Agga, …

Japan raises military profile in naval war games with U.S. | Reuters

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON PACIFIC OCEAN (Reuters) - Japan stepped up its role in large-scale war games with the United States this week, with one of its admirals commanding air and sea maneuvers that the U.S. military described as the most complex ever overseen by the Japanese navy.<p>U.S. Navy …

Kerry seeks breakthrough in troubled Iran nuclear talks

Meeting in Vienna in a final round of talks between Iran and six world powers before Monday's deadline to agree a deal, the differences are few in number but of major significance.<p>Speaking in Paris Thursday before flying to Vienna, Kerry said however that the possibility of putting more time on the …

Five Guantanamo detainees transferred

Five detainees at Guantanamo Bay were transferred to the nations of Slovakia or Georgia as part of the U.S. plan to reduce the facility's population of detainees who were suspected of terrorism after the September 11, 2001, attacks, officials said Thursday.<p>All five detainees "were approved for …

South Korean PM resigns over government response to ferry disaster | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation on Sunday over the government response to the ferry disaster, in which it was first announced that everyone had been rescued, focusing attention on poor regulatory controls.<p>The Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip …