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Pope Francis Says Church Must Listen to Women

Pope Francis believes “more weight and more authority must be given to women,” both in the Church and in society, he said Wednesday.<p>Speaking at his …

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Opec willing to push oil price to $40 says Gulf oil minister

Senior Opec ministers says cartel has no fear of oil prices falling to levels as low as $40 per barrel amid price war with Russia and US shale<p>Opec's most influential producers are willing to allow oil prices to fall to $40 per barrel before discussing whether the cartel should hold an emergency …

Don't yell at terrorist suspects, soldiers told

Army chiefs warn interrogations are being hampered by go-softly rules<p>British soldiers have “lost their capability” to interrogate terrorist insurgents because of strict new rules on questioning that even ban shouting in captives’ ears, military chiefs have warned.<p>The rules — detailed in court …

North Korea parades US citizen who entered country illicitly

North Korea on Sunday presented to the media an American man who says he illegally crossed into the country but has not been put into custody and is seeking asylum in Venezuela.<p>Arturo Pierre Martinez, 29, of El Paso, Texas, said he entered North Korea by crossing the river border with China. …

Privacy is not dead: Microsoft lawyer prepares to take on US government

Imagine this scenario. German police investigating a press leak descend on Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. They serve a warrant to seize a bundle of private letters a US reporter is storing in a safe deposit box at a bank branch in Manhattan. The bank complies and orders the branch manager …

Amazon sellers hit by nightmare before Christmas as glitch cuts prices to 1p

There were Christmas shopping bargains galore on Amazon’s website over the weekend … for about an hour. Because of a technical glitch, the prices of thousands of items crashed to 1p – giving eagle-eyed customers a pre-Christmas treat while leaving scores of small family-owned businesses nursing …

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

The Coolest Cycling Tech of 2015

Every June, about 30 bike industry manufacturers gather in Park City, Utah, to unveil their most compelling products for the upcoming model year. It’s a good time to get a sense of what’s trending and which new technologies to watch in 2015.<p>Some highlights: Following the damaging recall last …

Chevrolet crowns a new Corvette king

It's official: the Corvette Z06 wants to tear your face off. Chevrolet has today revealed that the new supercharged ‘Vette produces a nice, round, terrifying 650 horsepower.<p>A bit of context: The Z06 was officially unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, with Chevy announcing only that …

Five ways to bring summer on the road

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Ebola 'Totally Out of Control,' Doctors Without Borders Says

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever seen and the virus is raging ‘‘totally out of control,’’ an official with Doctors Without Borders said Friday.<p>The virus, which causes a particularly nasty form of hemorrhagic fever, has killed 337 people out of 528 infected, the World Health …

Meet Volkswagen's 544-horsepower Beetle GRC

This is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been made angry. So angry in fact, it's sprouted some 544 horsepower. Welcome to the world of Global Rallycross.<p>Specifically, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, who will be entering this white hot Beetle later in the Red Bull GRC championship. As the name …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

Does a Parent’s Pot Use Endanger Kids?

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man loses custody of his children after getting a medical marijuana card. The daughter of a Michigan couple growing legal medicinal pot is taken by child-protection authorities after an ex-husband says their plants endangered kids.<p>And police officers in New Jersey visit a …

Michael Schumacher out of coma and leaves hospital after ski accident

Latest as German F1 legend Michael Schumacher leaves Grenoble hospital intensive care nearly six months after skiing crash<p><b>Michael Schumacher</b> is no longer in a coma and has left intensive care in Grenoble hospital nearly six months after his life-threatening skiing accident, his manager has …

Francis ditches bulletproof Popemobile, says 'at my age I don't have much to lose'

Pope Francis has told a Spanish newspaper that he prefers not to use a bulletproof Popemobile despite the dangers of an assassination attempt because it is a glass "sardine can" that walls him off from people.<p>"It's true that anything could happen, but let's face it, at my age I don't have much to …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed<p>Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines …

Jaguars selling $12.5K poolside cabanas, innovative seating

The Jaguars got creative with their redesign of Everbank Field, installing poolside cabanas in both end zones and offering innovative seating designs …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

Texas Republicans vote to adopt gay conversion policy

The Texas Republican Party has endorsed so-called "reparative therapy" for gays, under a new policy statement given final approval at its annual convention on Saturday.<p>The new anti-gay language was pushed through without debate at the Fort Worth conference as roughly 7,000 delegates ratified a …

#LeBroning is a bad meme and we should all feel bad

People who dislike LeBron James are making fun of him, and completely forgetting their own maladies.<p>LeBron James suffered cramps on Thursday night, which forced him out of Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs. It was a disappointing end to a fantastic game and naturally people responded to it well …

Girl, 12, describes attack against classmate: 'Stabby, stab, stab'

Almost immediately after stabbing her classmate in the woods in suburban Milwaukee over the weekend, Anissa Weier, 12, had some regrets.<p>For months, she and Morgan Geyser, also 12, had been scouring the Internet for stories about a tall, creepy, blank-faced figure called Slender Man, a fictional …

Police: Wisconsin girl, 12, stabbed 19 times; friends arrested

Two 12-year-old girls inspired by Internet horror stories are accused of luring a girl of the same age into a wooded area near Milwaukee before stabbing the victim 19 times and leaving her to crawl to her own rescue over the weekend.<p>The victim, a 12-year-old friend of the suspects, was in stable …

Bowe Bergdahl: a darker story behind the release of America's last prisoner of war

America celebrates the release of a young soldier who allegedly abandoned his post after growing disillusioned with the war in Afghanistan<p>The little mountain town of Hailey in the rural state of Idaho is readying a hero's welcome.<p>Its single shopping street is lined with bright yellow balloons and …

The peril of hipster economics

On May 16, an artist, a railway service and a government agency spent $291,978 to block poverty from the public eye.<p>Called psychylustro, German artist Katharina Grosse's project is a large-scale work designed to distract Amtrak train riders from the dilapidated buildings and fallen factories of …

Jamaica's rare wildlife – in pictures

The Portland Bight protected area is home to the iconic Jamaican iguana and 20 other endangered species. Its fragile coastal ecosystem and wildlife faces the risk of being lost for ever as Jamaica approves a Chinese company to build a port. Photographs by Robin Moore

Epic 360-degree selfie will give you wanderlust

By attaching a GoPro camera to a long stick, extreme adventurer Alex Chacón documented himself in an astonishing 360-degree video selfie that spans more than 36 countries. In it, he features himself around an impressive list of exotic sites, including the Taj Mahal and the Maya Pyramids of Chichen …

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How a Triad gangster saved Tiananmen Square demonstrators

"Brother Six" tells how he smuggled more than 100 protesters to safety after the Chinese government's brutal crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989<p>It is almost 25 years since the crackdown on a pro-democracy movement around <b>Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989 led to a bloody</b> …

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Microsoft’s Infinity Room makes big data beautiful

Powerful ideas made simple<p>San Francisco played host to a special mirrored room last month for an impressive illustration of big data. Software giant Microsoft was in town for its SQL Server 2014 launch party, and the carefully choreographed room was the centerpiece of the company’s push towards …