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40 min ago A pope beloved by many secular intellectuals is also passionate about miracles and relics
NAPLES, Italy — The faithful here are still talking about Pope Francis and the holy blood.On an official trip to this ancient city in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Pope Francis entered the local cathedral to pray to Januarius, the patron saint of Naples. Januarius’s 1,700-year-old dried blood is known to “spontaneously liquefy,” a phenomenon seen by true believers as a miraculous sign from above. Those gathered anxiously watched as Francis prayed before, then kissed, the ornate silver-and-glass reliquary containing the coagulated clot.Read full article >>









40 min ago Smugglers who drove migrants to their deaths were part of a vast web
LONDON — The smugglers responsible for driving 71 migrants to their deaths in the back of a cramped, unventilated truck in Austria were part of a vast international syndicate that has been a subject of multiple criminal investigations, a leading European law enforcement official said Saturday.Read full article >>









40 min ago Thousands of demonstrators gather in Lebanese capital
BEIRUT -- Thousands of people gathered in downtown Beirut on Saturday to protest corruption and dysfunctional governance, continuing demonstrations that have shaken the Lebanese capital with sporadic violence.Read full article >>









4 hours ago Paul Royle, Australian POW who took part in the ‘Great Escape,’ dies at 101
Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as the Great Escape, died Aug. 23 in his home town of Perth. He was 101.Read full article >>









4 hours ago Egypt court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison
CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges of broadcasting without a license and “spreading false news.” The verdict came after an appeals court granted the reporters a retrial earlier this year. The journalists — Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste — were first convicted of aiding a terrorist organization in April 2014. The court sentenced Greste in absentia after authorities deported him to Australia in February.Read full article >>









4 hours ago Thousands of demonstrators gather in Lebanese capital
BEIRUT -- Thousands of people were pouring into downtown Beirut on Saturday evening to protest corruption and dysfunctional governance, amid recent demonstrations that have shaken the Lebanese capital with sporadic violence.Read full article >>









7 hours ago U.N. chief demands action following migrant tragedies on land and at sea
KECSKEMET, Hungary — Pressure to change Europe's dysfunctional asylum system grew Saturday as the continent awoke to an impassioned call from the United Nations Secretary General for governments to do more to address a never-before-seen influx of men, women and children that shows no sign of abating despite the rising risks.Read full article >>









10 hours ago U.N. chief demands action following migrant tragedies on land and at sea
LONDON — Pressure to change Europe's dysfunctional asylum system grew on Saturday as the continent awoke to an impassioned call from the United Nations Secretary General for governments to do more to address a never-before-seen influx of men, women and children that shows no sign of abating despite the rising risks.Read full article >>









10 hours ago Egypt court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison
CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges of broadcasting without a license and “spreading false news.” The verdict came after an appeals court granted the reporters a retrial earlier this year. The journalists — Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste — were first convicted of aiding a terrorist organization in April 2014. The court sentenced Greste in absentia, after authorities deported him to Australia in February.Read full article >>









19 hours ago An 8-year-old’s tragic illness tests Mexico’s ban on marijuana use
MONTERREY, Mexico — They can tell the next one’s coming when she begins rubbing her hands together, as if washing them. Her head slumps, and she looks left. She starts to flick her fingers and knead her skinny thigh.Read full article >>









22 hours ago Children among 71 dead in Austrian truck tragedy as police make arrests
LONDON — The deaths en masse of scores of migrants on land and at sea prompted fresh calls on Friday for Europe to overhaul the way it responds to a never-before-seen influx of men, women and children that shows no sign of abating despite risks that seem to rise by the day.Read full article >>









22 hours ago Clashes erupt between India and Pakistan along disputed border
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Clashes erupted between Indian and Pakistani security forces Friday, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding scores more on both sides of the contested border, according to officials in both countries.Read full article >>









Yesterday A pope beloved by many secular intellectuals is also passionate about miracles and relics
NAPLES, Italy — The faithful here are still talking about Pope Francis and the holy blood.On an official trip to this ancient city in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Pope Francis entered the local cathedral to pray to Januarius, the patron saint of Naples. Januarius’s 1,700-year-old dried blood is known to “spontaneously liquefy,” a phenomenon seen by true believers as a miraculous sign from above. Those gathered anxiously watched as Francis prayed before, then kissed, the ornate silver and glass reliquary containing the coagulated clot.Read full article >>









Yesterday A Pope beloved by many secular intellectuals is also passionate about miracles and relics
NAPLES, Italy — The faithful here are still talking about Pope Francis and the holy blood.On an official trip to this ancient city in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Pope Francis entered the local cathedral to pray to Januarius, the patron saint of Naples. Januarius’s 1,700-year-old dried blood is known to “spontaneously liquefy,” a phenomenon seen by true believers as a miraculous sign from above. Those gathered anxiously watched as Francis prayed before, then kissed, the ornate silver and glass reliquary containing the coagulated clot.Read full article >>









Yesterday North Korean leader says his nukes, not negotiation, avoided war
SEOUL — Kim Jong Un, the querulous North Korean leader, said the recent standoff with South Korea was resolved not through negotiation but “thanks to the tremendous military muscle” of the country’s nuclear weapons.Read full article >>









Yesterday Children among 71 dead in Austrian truck tragedy as police make arrests
BERLIN — The death toll from Europe’s refugee crisis surged higher Friday after Austrian authorities raised the count of bodies found in an abandoned truck to more than 70 — including four children — even as corpses were being plucked from the sea off the coast of Libya after two boats capsized, drowning as many as 200 people.Read full article >>









Yesterday Clashes erupt between India and Pakistan along disputed border
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Clashes erupted between Indian and Pakistani security forces Friday, killing at least 11 civilians and wounding scores more on both sides of the contested border, according to officials in both countries. Read full article >>









Yesterday Paul Royle, Australian POW who took part in the ‘Great Escape,’ dies at 101
Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as the Great Escape, died Aug. 23 in his hometown of Perth. He was 101.Read full article >>









Yesterday The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marriage is as popular as ever in Bangladesh
On her wedding day, 15-year- old Nasoin Akhter looked “melancholic,” according to photographer Allison Joyce, who documented the teenage girl’s wedding to her 32-year-old husband, Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, last week in Manikganj, Bangladesh.Read full article >>









Yesterday Up to 200 migrants drown off Libya; death toll rises in Austria truck tragedy
BERLIN — The death toll from Europe’s refugee crisis surged higher Friday after Austrian authorities raised the count of bodies found in an abandoned truck to more than 70, even as corpses were being plucked from the sea off the coast of Libya after a boat sank, killing as many as 200.Read full article >>









Yesterday China stocks, currency rise as government shows renewed resolve
BEIJING — China’s share market rose significantly for a second day Friday, while the central bank also pushed the currency higher, as authorities showed new resolve to calm investors’ frayed nerves. Other Asian markets enjoyed a third day of gains, buoyed by Thursday’s rally on Wall Street. Read full article >>









Yesterday Clashes erupt between India and Pakistan along disputed border
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Clashes erupted between Indian and Pakistani security forces on Friday, killing at least 10 civilians and wounding scores of others on both sides of the contested border, according to officials in both countries. Read full article >>









Yesterday Discovery of more than 70 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis
BERLIN — Austrian authorities launched an international probe Thursday into the deaths of more than 70 suspected migrants, with white-suited forensic experts still struggling to count the decomposed corpses left by a tragedy that immediately touched off a new round of recriminations over Europe’s handling of an escalating refugee crisis.Read full article >>









Yesterday China stocks, currency rise as government shows renewed resolve
BEIJING – China’s share market rose significantly for a second day Friday, while the central bank also pushed the currency higher, as authorities showed new resolve to calm investors’ frayed nerves. Other Asian markets enjoyed a third day of gains, buoyed by Thursday’s rally on Wall Street. Read full article >>









Yesterday The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marrige is as popular as ever in Bangladesh
On her wedding day, 15-year- old Nasoin Akhter looked “melancholic,” according to photographer Allison Joyce, who documented the teenage girl’s wedding to her 32-year-old husband, Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, last week in Manikganj, Bangladesh.Read full article >>









Yesterday 200 migrants thought dead in boat sinking off Libya
More than 2,000 migrants have died this year trying to reach Europe from North Africa by sailing across the Mediterranean. And Thursday, that death toll rose markedly when officials reported a boat packed with about 400 people headed to Italy sank off the coast of Libya, killing an estimated 200 people, according to multiple news reports.Read full article >>









Yesterday Boat sinks off coast of Libya, killing as many as 200; death toll up from abandoned truck in Austria
BERLIN — The death toll from Europe’s refugee crisis surged higher Friday after Austrian authorities raised the count of bodies found in an abandoned truck to more than 70, even as corpses were being plucked from the sea off the coast of Libya after a boat sank, killing as many as 200.Read full article >>









Yesterday Discovery of up to 70 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis
BERLIN — Austrian authorities launched an international probe Thursday into the deaths of up to 70 suspected migrants, with white-suited forensic experts still struggling to count the decomposed corpses left by a tragedy that immediately touched off a new round of recriminations over Europe’s handling of an escalating refugee crisis.Read full article >>









Yesterday Discovery of up to 50 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis
BERLIN — Austrian authorities launched an international probe Thursday into the deaths of up to 50 suspected migrants, with white-suited forensic experts still struggling to count the decomposed corpses left by a tragedy that immediately touched off a new round of recriminations over Europe’s handling of an escalating refugee crisis.Read full article >>









Yesterday Pope Francis embraces the mystical side of the Catholic Church
NAPLES, Italy — The faithful here are still talking about Pope Francis and the holy blood.On an official trip to this ancient city in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, Pope Francis entered the local cathedral to pray to Januarius, the patron saint of Naples. Januarius’s 1,700-year-old dried blood is known to “spontaneously liquefy,” a phenomenon seen by true believers as a miraculous sign from above. Those gathered anxiously watched as Francis prayed before, then kissed, the ornate silver and glass reliquary containing the coagulated clot.Read full article >>