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Pope notes: Francis says the rich shouldn't rule the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis delivered a fiery denunciation of modern capitalism on Thursday night, calling the "unfettered pursuit of money" the "dung of the devil" and accusing world leaders of "cowardice" for refusing to defend the earth from exploitation.<p>Speaking to grassroots organizers in Bolivia, …

South America

China is building the most extensive global commercial-military empire in history

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power like …

China

Islamic State is 'most potent threat to the world since Third Reich' says Nobel Prize winner

V S Naipaul says Isil is 'dedicated to a contemporary holocaust' as he urges the West 'urgently expand' their efforts to defeat the group<p>Isil threaten to create a “Fourth Reich” through violence and propaganda equal to the Nazis, a Nobel Prize-winner has said, as he warns of a “contemporary …

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Extremism

Man arrested in Canada over alleged role in Islamic State recruitment cell

Police charge two other men who are overseas with terrorism-related offences following three arrests last month in Ottawa<p>Canadian police have arrested a man who they say was part of an Islamic State (Isis) recruiting cell and charged two other men who are overseas, one of whom may be dead.<p>Police …

Extremism

ISIS captors cared little about religion, says former hostage

<b>London (CNN) —</b> A French journalist's ISIS captors cared little about religion, Didier Francois -- who spent over 10 months as the group's prisoner in Syria -- told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.<p>"There was never really discussion about texts or -- it was not a …

Al-Qaeda

French soldiers hurt in knife attack

<b>A man wielding a knife has attacked three soldiers patrolling outside a Jewish community centre in Nice, in the south of France.</b><p>The soldiers were wounded and police said the assailant was captured.<p>Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi told French TV that a second man had been arrested in connection with the …

Extremism

Jordan executes two Iraqi militants in response to pilot's death

Jordan has executed two Iraqi militants in response to ISIS killing a captured Jordanian pilot with fire.<p>Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman militant, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people. Ziyad Karboli, an Iraqi al Qaeda operative, who was …

Al-Qaeda

Chad's troops join fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria | DW | 03.02.2015

Chadian troops clashed with Boko Haram fighters in the northeastern Nigerian town of Gambaru on Tuesday in a bid to liberate it from the Islamists, …

Africa

Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life<p>Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.<p>The new worlds double the number of …

Over 1,000 Islamist militants killed in U.S strikes in Syria: monitor

AMMAN (Reuters) - Three months of U.S.-led strikes in Syria have so far killed at least 1,171 people, mostly Islamic State militants, a British-based Syrian monitoring group said on Tuesday.<p>An explosion following an air strike is seen in western Kobani neighbourhood, November 23, 2014. …

Arrests made in Peshawar school attack that killed 148, minister says

Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said.<p>"Quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the other have been taken into custody," Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan …

Pakistan

Russia warns US over sanctions bill

<b>Russia has warned that a new US law authorising fresh sanctions against Moscow could damage relations between the two countries "for a long time".</b><p>Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments in a phone call with his American counterpart John Kerry.<p>Western sanctions, coupled with falling global …

Russia

As the ruble tanks, Russians wag fingers at West, not Putin

A brutal start to the week for the ruble has Russia confronting its worst economic crisis in over a decade. While the spectacular drop in its currency has sparked fears of recession, the political system appears insulated from the fallout for now, largely because of an anti-Western narrative pushed …

Outcast Russia turns to Cold War ally India for new billions in trade

Russian President<p>Vladimir Putintraveled to India on Thursday for a one-day summit during which billions of dollars' worth of economic agreements were signed on energy, precious stones and military equipment and India pledged to retain Russia as its most important defense industry partner.<p>Perhaps …

Netanyahu says he is prepared to make 'a historic peace' with Palestinians

Israeli prime minister’s remarks to Aipac’s annual conference in Washington contrasted with chilly White House meeting<p>A Palestinian peace deal could open up economic growth across the Middle East, Binyamin Netanyahu told US supporters on Tuesday, but is still held back by security concerns and a …

Kerry Offers Hope Where Snipers Once Fired in Ukraine

The buildings over Institutskaya Street loomed ominously through the grey afternoon mist. High above and just days earlier, snipers had picked off …

Syrian government and rebels agree to face-to-face talks in Geneva

Day of frantic efforts at UN headquarters ends in agreement to hold first direct negotiations between the two sides on Saturday<p>The first direct negotiations between the Syrian government and rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad are to be held on Saturday after the sides refused to …

Japan battles China for influence in Africa

Japan's rivalry with China is going global. After years of jousting over obscure islands in the East China Sea and competing for Asian influence, the two countries are now battling for power in a new arena: Africa.<p>It's a region that Tokyo has long ceded to the Chinese, allowing Beijing to pile up …

Africa

U.N. told up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes: diplomats | Reuters

JUBA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a “foiled …

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What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Syrian refugees facing extreme hardship as blizzards hit region

Aid agencies warn of threat to families living in flimsy tents as worst winter storm for decades batters Middle East<p>Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are enduring blizzards, biting winds and freezing rain as the worst winter storm for decades sweeps across the Middle East.<p>Aid agencies are …