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    Pope’s Christmas message focuses on the pain and suffering in the world
    Dec25

    Pope’s Christmas message focuses on the pain and suffering in the world

    Pope Francis focused on the world’s pain and suffering in his annual Urbi et Orbi — Latin for “to the City and to the World” — message this year. “Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,” Francis said, to the tens of thousands of Romans and tourists who came to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on...

    Vladimir Putin Scraps New Year’s Holidays For Russian Ministers
    Dec25

    Vladimir Putin Scraps New Year’s Holidays For Russian Ministers

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday scrapped New Year’s holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic crisis. Russian company employees throughout the country are entitled to holiday from Jan. 1 to Jan. 12 when Russians celebrate the New Year, the main holiday in Russia, as well as Orthodox...

    Pope’s Christmas address focuses on Pakistani school attack victims
    Dec25

    Pope’s Christmas address focuses on Pakistani school attack victims

    A sombre Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world today in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages, and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere. …read more Source:...

    Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast
    Dec25

    Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A somber Pope Francis steeped his Christmas message to the world Thursday in sadness for those with little cause for joy — abused children, refugees, hostages and others suffering from violence in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine and elsewhere. Anguish for children who suffer maltreatment or violence, including in the recent...

    Russia: Kyiv’s Move to Join NATO Dangerous for Europe
    Dec25

    Russia: Kyiv’s Move to Join NATO Dangerous for Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kyiv’s bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. The Kyiv parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status this week as a...

    ‘Urbi et Orbi’: Full Text Of Pope Francis’ Christmas Day Message
    Dec25

    ‘Urbi et Orbi’: Full Text Of Pope Francis’ Christmas Day Message

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Here is the official Vatican English-language translation of Pope Francis’ “Urbi et Orbi’ Christmas Day message, which he delivered in Italian from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas! Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the world, is born...

    Russia Says Currency Crisis Over, but Inflation Set to Soar
    Dec25

    Russia Says Currency Crisis Over, but Inflation Set to Soar

    Russia said its currency crisis was over on Thursday but warned that inflation is set to climb above 10 percent, adding to the problems facing President Vladimir Putin’s government as it fights its worst economic crisis since 1998. The ruble plunged to all-time lows last week on heavy falls in the price of oil, the backbone of the Russian...

    8 Unforgettable Symbols From An Extraordinary Year Of Protests
    Dec25

    8 Unforgettable Symbols From An Extraordinary Year Of Protests

    From Africa to Europe to the Americas, 2014 has been a year of extraordinary protests. Some of these protests succeeded in overthrowing political leaders, others retreated but fundamentally changed the political landscape and still others are still ongoing as we enter 2015. Many powerful symbols arose from this year’s protests. These images...

    Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast
    Dec25

    Pope wishes Christmas hope and peace for Mideast

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine a… …read more Source: The Bismarck...

    Text of pope’s Christmas Day  message
    Dec25

    Text of pope’s Christmas Day message

    Today I ask him, the Savior of the world, to look upon our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria, who for too long now have suffered the effects of ongoing conflict, and who, together with those belonging to other ethnic and religious groups, are suffering a brutal persecution. May Christmas bring them hope, as indeed also to the many displaced...