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Super typhoon Rammasun bears down on southern China

After wreaking damage on the Philippines and claiming at least 64 lives over Tuesday and Wednesday, a newly intensified Typhoon Rammasun is bearing down on Hainan and Guangdong provinces in southern China.<p>The storm, which was downgraded as it passed over the Philippines, gained strength again over …

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Vatican Sex Abuse Panel To Convene, Victims Demand Action

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Pope Francis prepares to address the new Vatican panel charged with tackling the clergy sexual abuse scandal, victims are demanding the Catholic Church take immediate action to expose perpetrators and punish the bishops who protected them.<p>The Vatican’s new commission for the …

Malnourished children in sub-Saharan Africa are not getting the life-saving drugs they need

Near the town of Chikwawa in southern Malawi, dozens of mothers stood outside a rural health clinic, in the shade of a large tree. Among them was Modesta Roberts, 26, who had a small child with a thin blanket strapped to her back. Roberts looked concerned.<p>“My daughter is swollen all over her body,” …

The French Really Are Different When It Comes to Finding Rapists

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Monday, French authorities announced that they would DNA test 527 male students and staff at …

Supreme Court won't hear appeal of New Mexico gay bias case

WASHINGTON -- In a victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a New Mexico photographer who claimed a free-speech right to refuse to shoot a wedding album for a same-sex couple.<p>The photographer was charged with violating the state's anti-discrimination law, which …

NATO suspends ties with Russia, urges international law compliance

NATOforeign ministers suspended civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and ordered plans for bolstering defenses in Eastern Europe to show the Kremlin that it will protect allies in the region from any further Russian aggression, alliance sources told news agencies in Brussels.<p>In …

10 Confessions From An Introvert

Fellow introverts: It’s ok to be reserved, but don’t use that as an excuse for becoming a hermit. Extroverts: Let us be. Not everyone can be a social …

California State Senator Arrested on Charges of Bribery and Corruption

California State Sen. Leland Yee has been indicted on charges of public corruption as a part of multiple arrests made by the FBI in the San Francisco …

Top Kenyan MP: Homosexuality like terrorism

Homosexuality in Kenya is as bad a problem as terrorism, the ruling party's parliamentary leader said, but argued against stepping up legal sanctions on the grounds that existing laws were tough enough.<p>Aden Duale, the majority leader from President Uhuru Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee coalition, was …

Two Days Later, World Vision Reverses Policy That Allowed Hiring Of Gays

World Vision U.S. changed course on Wednesday, saying it would return to its policy of not hiring Christians in gay marriages.<p>The Washington-state-based charity caused an uproar among its supporters when it announced on Monday that based on the changes many churches were making, it would allow the …

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Michigan Governor Says Same-Sex Couples' Marriage Rights Are "Suspended"

With a trial court ruling on hold, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says that the same-sex couples who married over the weekend have legal marriages but that the state will not recognize them currently.<p>WASHINGTON — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that the state will not be recognizing the …

These countries are among the biggest 'enemies of the internet,' according to a new report

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Central African Republic: 'Massive scale ethnic cleansing'

The Central African Republic is ravaged by what some human rights groups are calling ethnic cleansing.<p>Mainly Muslim rebels seized power last year but after their leader was forced to stand down in January, Christian militias have been targeting Muslim civilians.<p>Newsnight's Tim Whewell has been in …

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Florida Man Accused of Shooting Moviegoer for Texting Sent Text to Son Minutes Before

A former police officer accused of killing a man in a movie theater during a dispute over texting had used his own phone to send a message to his son …

Vanished Malaysia plane an 'aviation mystery'

The disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is an "unprecedented aviation mystery", a senior official said on Monday, the third day of a massive air and sea search to find any confirmed trace of the plane or the 239 people aboard.<p>The head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, Azharuddin Abdul …

Women still face great wall of discrimination in China

When Zhou Yuxia, 24, returned to Beijing after studying in the United States, she had real trouble securing a job. She had the right qualifications for the positions she was looking for -- she just wasn't a man.<p>"I was on a job hunting site and saw this ideal position as a marketing manager. One of …

Alabama's House Passed Some of the Most Restrictive Abortion Bills in the Country

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Alabama's House of Representatives passed four abortion bills that, should they pass the majority …

Climbers to Stop Trashing Everest

Beginning this April, Nepalese officials are requiring climbers on Mount Everest to haul 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) of garbage off the mountain in an effort to clean up decades of trash buildup. The new regulation does not include personal trash collection, turning future mountaineers into mandatory …

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