Francis' comments came in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications. He said when the church does speak about issues like gays, abortion and contraception, it should do so in context. "It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time," he said.
Child labor is not a minor social blight in the country, it's a pillar of the economy — and it looks a lot like child labor in the U.S. circa the Industrial Revolution. As Myanmar opens to the world, its child labor practices are likely to face greater scrutiny.
People who show up wounded at a hospital often don't tell police. When a hospital in Cardiff, Wales, shared that information without naming names, the toll of violence dropped, and the city saved $11 million a year on health care and policing. Other British cities are adopting the program.
Outrage in the U.S. over a French photo spread featuring a seductively arrayed 10-year-old model helped spur proposed legislation to ban child beauty pageants in France. That's ironic considering how popular, prevalent and lucrative the American child, or "glitz," beauty pageant industry is.
James Kitfield of National Journal, Susan Glasser of Politico and Bruce Auster of NPR join guest host Steve Roberts for analysis of the week's top national news stories, including: The Obama administration's preparations for high-level meetings with Iran’s new president. Russia's objections to the U.N. report on Syria's chemical weapons. And Brazil’s president calling off her visit to the U.S.
The Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee wrote a stinging response to the Russian leader's put-down of "American exceptionalism." Putin, he tells Russians, "rules for himself, not you." McCain's essay has been posted by Russia's Pravda.
The hawala system has been long used by those outside the formal banking sector. It gives people a quick, cheap and anonymous way to send money back home. But the very reasons it's attractive to them also make hawala attractive to terrorists.
In the mountains around Acapulco, mudslides and floods have killed dozens of people. In the resort city itself, 30,000 tourists are trying to leave — but there are few flights out. Meanwhile, Mexico's Gulf coast is also being pummeled.
One of the world's smallest is a version of the nursery rhyme "Old King Cole" — no bigger than a grain of rice. Back in the 1800s, one Scottish publisher discovered that a poorly selling copy of poems by Robert Burns became a bestseller when he miniaturized it.
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