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Report: Divorced, Remarried Woman Can Have Communion, Pope Says

Report: Divorced, Remarried Woman Can Have Communion, Pope Says

iStock / 360/Thinkstock(ROME) — Could there be a switch in Catholic doctrine?Pope Francis has reportedly phoned a divorced and remarried Catholic woman in Argentina to tell her that she could “safely receive Communion.” 
Italian news media report…

Bashar al-Assad’s Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal

Bashar al-Assad’s Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration’s top accomplishment on Syria — a deal in which President Bashar al-Assad would surrender his chemical weapons — risks being undermined by substantial, potentially deadly looph…

Death Toll Mounts in South Korean Ferry Sinking

Death Toll Mounts in South Korean Ferry Sinking

JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — One week after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea, the death toll continues to climb.As of Wednesday, at least 156 people have been confirmed dead with 146 others still missing. There are 174 …

Ukraine Security Chief: At Least 130 Russian Officers Leading Efforts in Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine Security Chief: At Least 130 Russian Officers Leading Efforts in Eastern Ukraine

Genya Savilov//AFP/Getty Images(KIEV, Ukraine) — At least 130 members of the Russian intelligence service and military are leading uprising efforts in Eastern Ukraine, the director of Ukraine’s national security service said Tuesday.In a Google Hangou…

US To Deliver Helicopters to Egypt, Clears Partial Military Assistance

US To Deliver Helicopters to Egypt, Clears Partial Military Assistance

iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — The United States cleared Egypt to receive some military assistance, following a conversation Tuesday between Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian foreign minister Nabil Fahmy. The Obama administration approved the del…

American Journalist with Vice News Detained in Ukraine

American Journalist with Vice News Detained in Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(SLOVIANSK, Ukraine) — An American journalist has been reportedly detained by unidentified people in uniform in Eastern Ukraine.Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter with Vice News, was captured. Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the self-proclaimed “Peopl…

US Appoints Special Representative for Central African Republic

US Appoints Special Representative for Central African Republic

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As fighting in the Central African Republic continues, the United States announced the appointment of a special representative to the area on Tuesday.The Bureau of African Affairs reported the designation of Ambassador …

South Korea Ferry Victim Who Gave Friend Life Jacket Laid to Rest

South Korea Ferry Victim Who Gave Friend Life Jacket Laid to Rest

Kim Doo-Ho/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Before he dove into the cold and murky waters of South Korea’s southwest coast, Jung Cha-Woong gave his life jacket to a scared classmate, saving his friend’s life as the ferry they were on began…

Kim Jong-un’s Baby Photos Foreshadow His Future

Kim Jong-un’s Baby Photos Foreshadow His Future

Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — Kim Jong-un’s baby photos surfaced Tuesday through Korean Central Television, North Korea’s state broadcaster.The youngest son of Kim Jong-il eventually became his father’s successor as leader …

US Sending Troops to Countries Neighboring Russia for Exercises

US Sending Troops to Countries Neighboring Russia for Exercises

U.S. Army Photo by Visual Information Specialist Markus Rauchenberger(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. is sending about 600 Army soldiers to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia — all Russian neighbors — for bilateral training exercises prompted by the situa…

Death Toll in South Korean Ferry Rises to 121

Death Toll in South Korean Ferry Rises to 121

NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Nearly a week after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea, the death toll has continued to climb.As of Tuesday, at least 121 people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy, with 181 others sti…

Mt. Everest Hopeful Saw Friend Killed, Now Works for Sherpas

Mt. Everest Hopeful Saw Friend Killed, Now Works for Sherpas

Esther Lee(NEW YORK) — Ed Marzec spent two years and more than $100,000 in an attempt to climb Mount Everest, only to get as close as a high altitude base camp where an avalanche killed his friend and crushed his ambition to reach the peak.Marzec, 67…

Prince William, Duchess Kate Evoke Photo of Charles and Diana

Prince William, Duchess Kate Evoke Photo of Charles and Diana

Samir Hussein/WireImage(SYDNEY) — Prince William and Duchess Kate took a step back in time, at least for a photo opportunity, by posing Tuesday in front of Australia’s famed Ayers Rock, the same location where William’s parents, Prince Cha…

Biden in Ukraine Amid Growing Tensions

Biden in Ukraine Amid Growing Tensions

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(KIEV, Ukraine) — Vice President Joe Biden walked into a hornets’ nest as he arrived in Kiev Monday for talks with leaders of Ukraine’s government.Biden’s mission is to bolster U.S. support for Ukraine that incl…

Syria to Hold Elections as Chemical Gas Allegations Surface

Syria to Hold Elections as Chemical Gas Allegations Surface

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Syria will hold presidential elections on June 3 despite the raging civil war that is believed to have killed at least 150,000 people.Many expect President Bashar al-Assad, whose term ends on July 17, to announce his bid …

Cuba Looks to End Condom Shortage With “Expired” Stock

Cuba Looks to End Condom Shortage With “Expired” Stock

iStock/Thinkstock(HAVANA, Cuba) — A shortage of supplies has Cuban heath officials worried, as the country’s stock of condoms dwindles down. To address the issue, Cuba’s public health system reportedly approved the sale of expired condoms, saying a pa…

Reports: Syria Using Chemical Weapons Against Opposition Forces

Reports: Syria Using Chemical Weapons Against Opposition Forces

Bunyos/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against opposition forces?The Obama administration says it’s looking into reports of the use of chlorine gas in opposition strongholds in Syria, where dozens of…

After Celebratory Video, Al Qaeda Pounded by Deadly Airstrikes

After Celebratory Video, Al Qaeda Pounded by Deadly Airstrikes

File photo. (Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) — Dozens of suspected al Qaeda fighters have been killed in a string of strikes against the terror organization’s Yemen affiliate over the weekend, Yemeni officials say. The strikes occured jus…

Mount Everest Climbs Called Off in Wake of Sherpa Deaths

Mount Everest Climbs Called Off in Wake of Sherpa Deaths

Vividus/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Days after a devastating avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas on Mount Everest, grieving climbers are calling off their pricey expeditions.Gordon Janow, director of the Seattle-based expedition group Alpine Ascents Inter…

Oscar Pistorius Denies He Took Acting Lessons Before Trial

Oscar Pistorius Denies He Took Acting Lessons Before Trial

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius, who has cried, wailed and vomited through his murder trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend, denied an allegation on Monday that he was tutored by an acting coach before th…

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