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  • Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three
    Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

    By Stefano Rellandini REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction. "Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried. ...

  • Martha Stewart Slams Gwyneth Paltrow, 'OITNB'
    Martha Stewart Slams Gwyneth Paltrow, 'OITNB'

    Martha Stewart is reportedly not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle blog, GOOP. According to the New York Post’s Page Six blog, Martha slammed Gwynnie's domestic website in a new interview with Net-a-Porter's Porter magazine. She’s a movie star," Martha told the mag of the Academy award-winning actress, according to the blog. "If she were confident in her acting, she wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart."

  • Ukrainian neutrality 'a basic issue' for Russia: Lavrov

    Ukraine's non-aligned status is "a basic issue" for Moscow and efforts in Kiev to scrap it are an American-inspired bid to drive a wedge between Russia and Europe, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday. Lavrov, commenting on a draft law to change Kiev's military status, said neutrality "answers the interests of the Ukrainian people, the legitimate interests of all neighbors and partners of Ukraine, and also the interests of European security." The draft law, submitted to parliament last month by the government of Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, was also "a direct affront to the president of the country," he said, implying President Petro Poroshenko did not support it.

  • Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA
    Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who appeared in "Django Unchained" said she was misidentified as a prostitute by police when she was only showing affection to her white companion.

  • Public housing safety policy can hit whole family
    Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she's lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door.

  • Bulldoze or preserve? Croatia ponders fate of notorious prison

    By Zoran Radosavljevic GOLI OTOK Croatia (Reuters) - The clear blue waters of the Adriatic and the happy cries of tourists visiting Goli Otok (Barren Island) off Croatia's coast help obscure its dark past as a hard-labour detention camp for political prisoners in formerly communist Yugoslavia. Planners were due to start debating what to do with it on Monday, weighing a pile of proposals from building a memorial to wiping out all trace of the notorious jail and bulldozing the site for new developments. ...

  • 'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result
    'New' Scots vote crucial to independence result

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — On the south side of Glasgow, in the heartland of Scotland's Asian community, support for independence from the United Kingdom is strong as Thursday's referendum nears.

  • France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe
    France bristles as Netflix advances in Europe

    PARIS (AP) — Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest heavily in French productions.

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