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As the Pope Goes, So, Too, Do His Tweets

As the Pope Goes, So, Too, Do His Tweets

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — It wasn’t long ago that Benedict XVI became the first pope to bless us all via Twitter. But as His Holiness is set to resign at the end of this month, apparently his Twitter account …

Russian Meteor, Wild Road Madness Exposed in Country’s Dashcam Craze

Russian Meteor, Wild Road Madness Exposed in Country’s Dashcam Craze

YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — They are the videos everyone is talking about. Rare images of a meteor streaking across the Russian sky in a bright, fast-approaching ball of fire. The drama was captured on numerous dashboard cameras and then …

LA Cardinal Will Attend Conclave Despite Criticism

LA Cardinal Will Attend Conclave Despite Criticism

Eric Thayer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has made it clear that he plans to attend the upcoming conclave to elect a new pope. His decision has received widespread criticism.“It sends the wrong message,” said K…

US CEO Defends Criticism of French Workers

US CEO Defends Criticism of French Workers

FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images(QUINCY, Ill.) — Maurice Taylor, CEO of Titan International Inc., made headlines when he declined to invest in a struggling French factory because its “so-called workers” get high wages for working three-…

Poll: Outgoing Pope Popular, But Not as Much as His Predecessor

Poll: Outgoing Pope Popular, But Not as Much as His Predecessor

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Catholic Church has rebounded in overall public esteem in the United States as it’s moved away from the height of its child abuse scandals a decade ago, a trend that’s continued under the now-departi…

Moscow Seeks Dialogue to End Syrian Conflict

Moscow Seeks Dialogue to End Syrian Conflict

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia’s top diplomat said on Wednesday that Syria’s warring sides run the risk of “mutual destruction” if they don’t soon reach a settlement to end their conflict that began in March 2011.After talks with …

Nudes Tour Naked Men Exhibit at Vienna Museum

Nudes Tour Naked Men Exhibit at Vienna Museum

ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images(VIENNA, Austria) — What better way to appreciate naked men than getting naked yourself?That’s how more then 60 art lovers decided to experience the “Nude Men From 1800 to the Present Day” exhibit at the Leo…

Russians Blame Texas Parents for Adopted Boy’s Death

Russians Blame Texas Parents for Adopted Boy’s Death

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The emergency room death of a 3-year-old boy adopted from Russia is being called “murder” by officials in Moscow, but Texas officials investigating the case say they don’t know where the Russians are getting their clai…

More than $50M of Diamonds Stolen from Plane in Belgium

More than $50M of Diamonds Stolen from Plane in Belgium

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) — In a brazen heist right out of the movies, thieves drove onto Belgium’s airport tarmac on Monday night and stole more than $50 million of diamonds from a plane without firing a single shot.It took them fewer than fiv…

Kate Middleton Shows Off Baby Bump

Kate Middleton Shows Off Baby Bump

John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) — Royal bump watchers got a new glimpse of the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday as Kate Middleton stepped out to speak to women recovering from addiction.Middleton, 31, appeared at Hope House in S…

Russian Meteor: Close Encounters and Plans to Prevent Impacts

Russian Meteor: Close Encounters and Plans to Prevent Impacts

Chad Baker/Photodisc/Thinkstock(MOSCOW)– As if Friday’s massive meteor explosion over central Russia weren’t enough, just hours later a large asteroid buzzed dangerously close to Earth.And that evening, the California sky was lit up by a f…

Body of Russian Politician Discovered in Barrel of Cement

Body of Russian Politician Discovered in Barrel of Cement

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — The badly-beaten body of a Russian politician was found in a barrel full of cement, in what investigators said they believe was a murder ordered over an $80 million debt.Mikhail Pakhomov was a city council member in Li…

Russian Meteor: Rushing to Cash in on the Blast

Russian Meteor: Rushing to Cash in on the Blast

Chad Baker/Photodisc/Thinkstock(CHELYABINSK, Russia) — The shattered glass and broken walls caused by the massive explosion of a monstrous meteor over this remote, industrial Russian city is not even cleaned up, and people are already trying to cash i…

Catholics Could Have New Pope by Palm Sunday

Catholics Could Have New Pope by Palm Sunday

L’Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images(ROME) — The conclave to elect a new pope might begin sooner than expected, the Vatican said on Saturday, meaning Roman Catholics could have a new pontiff well before Easter.“This time and situat…

Pope Benedict XVI Appoints New Boss to ‘God’s Bank’

Pope Benedict XVI Appoints New Boss to ‘God’s Bank’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) — It was more than just a routine personnel matter Friday for Pope Benedict XVI to name a new president of the Vatican Bank: German lawyer Ernst von Freyberg.  The appointment may well be the last of the pope&…

Meteor Falls in Russia, More than 1,000 Injured

Meteor Falls in Russia, More than 1,000 Injured

Hemera/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — More than 1,000 people were injured Friday when the largest meteor to strike the Earth in two generations disintegrated above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk located about 1,000 miles east of Moscow in the Ural Mountains.Da…

Pope Benedict Will Live in Quiet Retirement

Pope Benedict Will Live in Quiet Retirement

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Benedict XVI, the first Roman Catholic pontiff to abdicate in nearly 600 years, told priest and clergy gathered in Vatican City on Thursday that he would hold no public office when his resignation be…

Catholic Church Growing in Third World, but European Cardinals Control Power

Catholic Church Growing in Third World, but European Cardinals Control Power

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  As Catholics across the globe begin the holy season of Lent, many look toward Rome and wonder if the Vatican will break with tradition and choose the first pope from outside Europe in modern times.The Catholic…

Kate Middleton’s Baby Bump Exposed

Kate Middleton’s Baby Bump Exposed

Indigo-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Wherever Kate Middleton goes, controversy is never far behind.In the latest instance of the Duchess of Cambridge making unwanted headlines, Us Weekly reports that an Italian tabloid is publishing photographs of the…

International Olympic Committee Drops Wrestling from 2020 Games

International Olympic Committee Drops Wrestling from 2020 Games

ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — The International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that it would be dropping freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, beginning with the 2020 Summer Games.The reason for the decision was not mad…

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