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Pope's Blessing of Young Man Described as 'Exorcism'
The Vatican on Tuesday denied that Pope Francis had performed an exorcism after an Italian religious television channel said footage of the pontiff blessing a boy in a wheelchair showed he had. The Holy Father did not intend to perform any exorcism, Vatican spokesman...
Council of Europe Tells Putin of Concern Over Russian NGO Law
The head of the Council of Europe told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday he was concerned a law requiring nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), which received funding from abroad, to register as foreign agents could have a "chilling effect."
Russia: Two Rebels Killed in North Caucasus
Russian security forces killed two suspected militants in the North Caucasus during a night-time sweep in the region plagued by an Islamist insurgency, investigators said on Tuesday.
Taxes on Wealthy French Households Top 100% of Income
More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year, the business newspaper Les Echos reported on Saturday, citing Finance Ministry data. The newspaper said that the exceptionally high level of taxation was due to a one-off levy last...
Pope Launches New Catholic App for iPad
With the swipe of a pontifical finger, a new Catholic news app for smartphones and tablets was launched on May 17. At the conclusion of an audience with national directors of mission societies from around the world, Father Andrew Small, national director of the Pontifical...
Cameron’s Conservatives to Defy Him on Britain Gay Marriage
Lawmakers in David Cameron’s Conservative Party, who last week voted against him over his policy toward the European Union (EU), were Monday on course to oppose him again, over plans to introduce gay marriage.
Honeybees Trained in Croatia to Seek Out Land Mines
Croatian researchers are training sugar-craving honeybees to find unexploded mines littering their country and the rest of the Balkans.
EU Criticizes Russia's Human Rights Record
The European Union criticized Russia's human rights record on Sunday, saying it was increasingly concerned at a wave of restrictive legislation and prosecutions against activists.
France Detains Suspect in Toulouse Killings Investigation
French anti-terror judges have ordered the detention of a man on suspicions he aided an al-Qaida-inspired gunman in preparing for a shooting spree last year, a judicial source said.
British PM Cameron 'Losing Control' as Rift With Party Widens
British Prime Minister David Cameron is "losing control of his party", Conservative Party grandee Geoffrey Howe said on Sunday, as a row raged over whether a close aide to Cameron had labeled grassroots activists "mad, swivel-eyed loons".
Merkel and Pope Talk 'Strong' Europe
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, mindful of the weight of Christian voters in September elections, made a quick trip to Rome Saturday for a private meeting with Pope Francis, focusing on how Europe's struggling economy should be at the service of the people.
Report: France Gets Pentagon Backing to Buy U.S. Drones
France has received approval from the U.S. Pentagon to buy two Reaper drones for intelligence gathering, and now only needs backing from Congress, Le Monde newspaper said on Saturday.
Protesters Clash in Dueling Rallies Over Ukraine President
Supporters and opponents of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich scuffled as both sides held large rallies in the capital Kiev on Saturday, police and local media said.
Rome Protest Turns up Heat on New PM Letta
Thousands of people protested in Rome on Saturday against austerity policies and high unemployment, urging new Prime Minister Enrico Letta to focus on creating jobs to help pull the country out of recession.
France's Hollande Signs Gay Marriage Law
French President Francois Hollande has signed into law a bill allowing same-sex marriage, making France the 14th country to legalize gay weddings.
Gay Pride Rally Derailed in Tbilisi, Georgia
Thousands of anti-gay protesters, including Orthodox priests, occupied a central street in Georgia's capital Friday, with some threatening to lash with nettles any participant in a gay pride parade which was to take place there.
Turkey Detains Prime Suspect in Car Bombings Near Syria Border
Turkish police have detained a man they believe to be one of the main perpetrators of car bombings that killed more than 50 people near the Syrian border, officials said on Friday.
Russia: Iran Must Participate in Proposed Syria Conference
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Iran must take part in a proposed international conference to end Syria's civil war, but that Western states wanted to limit the participants and possibly predetermine the outcome of the talks.
Pope Blasts 'Cult of Money' That Tyrannizes Poor
Pope Francis has denounced the global financial system, blasting the cult of money that he says is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.
UK Conservatives Make History Voting Against Cameron on EU
Lawmakers from David Cameron’s Conservative Party voted against the government’s legislative program in a show of defiance over his policy toward the rest of Europe.
Russia Media Delight in US Spy Case; Leaders Try to Limit Fallout
Russian state-run media reveled on Wednesday in embarrassing the United States over a botched attempt to recruit one of its intelligence agents but both countries signaled they wanted to prevent the episode harming efforts to improve relations.
Bad News for Socialist Govt: France Slips Into Shallow Recession
France entered a shallow recession in the first three months of the year as the economy contracted by 0.2 percent because of weak exports, investment and household spending, preliminary data from the INSEE statistics agency showed on Wednesday.
Italy's Berlusconi Questioned in Prostitution Probe
Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi was questioned by Rome prosecutors for three hours on Tuesday over allegations the former prime minister paid 750,000 euros to buy the silence of people aware that he used prostitutes.
Reuters Poll: Growth in Sight for Eurozone, but No Big Upturn
Growth will return to the eurozone's recession-mired economy in the second half of this year, but economists see no chance it will recover strongly until at least 2015, a Reuters poll showed.
Europe Probes Major Oil Companies Over Price Manipulation
The European Commission said it was investigating major oil companies over suspected anti-competitive agreements related to submission of prices to reporting agency Platts.
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