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Pope Francis to Allow Holy Year Pardon for Abortion

The Vatican, Rome.  Pope Francis will give all priests discretion to formally forgive women who have had abortions and seek absolution during the Roman Catholic Church’s upcoming Holy Year, in the Argentine pontiff’s latest move toward a more open and inclusive church. The Canonization of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II by Pope […]

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3,000+ Asylum-Seekers Passing Thru Former Yugoslavia, Daily

New York, N.Y.  The number of “exhausted and desperate” women and children making their way from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today. Lamar, 4, has traveled with her mother for just […]

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Speaker John Boehner of Ohio Upset Mt. McKinley Renamed

Washington, D.C.  U.S. President Barack Obama is facing backlash from some Ohio lawmakers following his decision to rename Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, to Denali. Mount McKinley, with U.S. Flag at Eielson Visitor Center by Albert Herring. “This is not an arbitrary change,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.  He […]

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Timeline of Major Moments in Alaska’s History

Washington, D.C.  President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska to shine a spotlight on what Alaskans in particular have come to know: Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face, it is being driven by human activity, and it is disrupting Americans’ lives right now. 10K-40K Before Present The first people came to […]

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300,000+ Make Perilous Mediterranean Crossing in 2015

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency said today that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014. A group of Afghans arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey to […]

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Former U.S. President Carter ‘At Ease’ Fighting Cancer

Atlanta, GA.  Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter says tests on a mass removed from his liver reveal he has melanoma, usually a type of skin cancer, that has spread from his liver to his brain.   “At first, I thought it was confined to my liver and that the operation had completely removed it, so […]

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Nearing Milestone, Queen Elizabeth Shows No Sign of Stopping

London, England. After 63 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth next month becomes Britain’s longest-ruling monarch but there is little prospect of her stepping aside, as other aging European crowned heads have done, in favor of her son, Charles. In May 2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Ireland. It was the first time a […]

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UNESCO Deplores Killing of Leading Scholars of Syrian Antiquities

New York, N.Y.  Within one week, the Syrian cultural heritage community suffered two immense blows with the murder of archaeologist Khaled Assad in Palmyra, and the killing of the Assistant Director of laboratories at the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums, Qasem Abdullah Yehiya, in Damascus, according to the United Nations. Archaeological site of Palmyra […]

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Pope Francis to Allow Holy Year Pardon for Abortion

Prostate Cancer Foundation Raises $4 Million in the Hamptons

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3,000+ Asylum-Seekers Passing Thru Former Yugoslavia, Daily

Another Chemical Plant Explosion in China

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