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Breastfeed babies if you want, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis baptised 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers, including one who was married in a civil service rather than in church, to have no qualms about breast-feeding them there.<p>Pope Francis delivers a speech during the Angelus prayer from …

Italy's Renzi ratchets up pressure on PM Letta over reforms

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s centre-left leader Matteo Renzi said the next two weeks will be “decisive” for Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s government, which has so far struggled to make incisive reforms.<p>New elected centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi gestures during his first national …

Italy rescues more than 400 migrants in 24 hours

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian navy rescued more than 400 migrants from two boats south of Sicily on Saturday and Sunday as the immigration crisis that killed hundreds in shipwrecks last year continued.<p>On Saturday afternoon, 236 men, women and children, mostly from Africa, were rescued and were being …

U.N. watchdog eyes increased Iran presence to verify nuclear deal

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic watchdog is considering increasing its presence in Iran to better handle an extra workload in verifying Tehran is carrying out a deal with world powers to curb its nuclear programme, diplomats said.<p>Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) …

Iraq's Maliki says army won't attack Falluja, militants must go

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Sunday ruled out a military assault on Falluja, saying he wanted to spare the city more carnage and give Sunni Muslim tribesmen time to expel al Qaeda-linked fighters.<p>Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during an interview with …

Frank Sidebottom: the true story of the man behind the mask

Frank Sidebottom was possibly the strangest pop star in history. Jon Ronson, who played in his band, and has co-written a film inspired by the character starring Michael Fassbender, remembers Frank's creator Chris Sievey as being even more eccentric than his papier-mache alter ego<p>In 1987 I was 20 …

U.S. details Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran will get some sanctions relief at the start of the implementation of the November 24 nuclear deal but will not get all of it until the six-month implementation period ends, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.<p>The official was one of several who briefed reporters about …

Benefits Street – poverty porn, or just the latest target for pent-up British fury?

This year at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, manufacturers showed off the latest in TV technology: slightly curved screens. All TV screens were slightly curved before 1998, incidentally, but back then they were convex. Then we discovered flat screens. Now we're told concave curves are …

Friends of Syria group urges opposition to attend Geneva talks

PARIS (Reuters) - The “Friends of Syria”, an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf Arab countries who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, urged opposition groups on Sunday to attend this month’s peace talks, saying there was no other route to a political solution.<p>Ahmad Jarba, leader of Syria's …

Geologists identify trigger for apocalyptic 'super eruptions'

They rank among the most catastrophic natural disasters on Earth, second only in destructive power to an asteroid impact that could ensure humanity meets the same fate as the dinosaurs.<p>Super eruptions make those from normal volcanoes look like sputters of dust. They blast enough material into the …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…