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Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 05:53 UTC

Pope Francis shakes Vatican policy with new attitude towards gays

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” said Pope Francis recently speaking with journalists

The Vatican has taken strides in announcing a new change in views towards homosexuals, which according to a Vatican document drafted after a week-long discussion of 200 bishops on family issues, states that homosexuals have “gifts and qualities to offer.”

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 05:35 UTC

Bank of England governor warns 'bankers' behavior still needs to change”

Governor Carney's warning comes amid a radical reshape of the industry aimed at limiting the impact of any future bank collapses.

Bankers' behavior still needs to change following the financial crisis, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned. He added that top executives had “got away without sanction”.“Maybe they were not at the best tables in society after that, but they're still at the best golf courses. That has to change,” he said. Mr Carney was speaking at the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting in Washington.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 05:26 UTC

Economics Nobel Prize for work on dominating companies and market regulation

“Jean Tirole is one of the most influential economists of our time; most of all he has clarified how to understand and regulate industries with a few powerful firms” (AFP)

French economist Jean Tirole won the 2014 Nobel Prize for economics for his work that has shed light on how governments should regulate powerful companies that dominate markets, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on Monday.

Tuesday, October 14th 2014 - 05:15 UTC

Lady Alice: “Argentines eat a lot of beef, but have never eaten a journalist”

Jeremy Clarkson, expert in baits for controversy and fabrications who appeals to English nationalistic instincts

Jeremy Clarkson and BBC's 'Top Gear' program need publicity and controversy to keep going and that he has managed with his recent incursion through the south of Argentina, which ended with his team escorted to the border with Chile fearing 'for their lives', which obviously impeded them from accomplishing their formal task but not the real objective.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 06:54 UTC

US against China proposal to create a regional development bank for Asia

Xi Jinping want to make the formal announcement at a summit meeting of Asian leaders in November

For almost a year, China has been pitching an idea to its neighbors in Asia: a big, internationally funded bank that would offer quick financing for badly needed transportation, telecommunications and energy projects in underdeveloped countries across the region.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 06:47 UTC

Royal Navy invests £348 million in three new offshore patrol vessels

The OPVs build on the proven capability of the Royal Navy’s current River Class vessels.

Steel was cut this week for the first of three new Royal Navy offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) at a ceremony in Glasgow. The vessels, which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards under a £348 million contract that has protected more than 800 Scottish jobs.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 00:26 UTC

Ebola's exponential growth

The U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control warned recently that we could have 1.4 million cases of Ebola by January.

By Gwynne Dyer - Here are two good things about the Ebola virus. It is unlikely to mutate into a version that can spread through the air, as some other viruses have done. And people who have been infected by Ebola cannot pass it on to others during the incubation period (between two and 21 days). Only when they develop detectable symptoms, notably fever, do they become infectious to others, and only by the transfer of bodily fluids.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 09:11 UTC

Argentina claims in can detect the ebola virus in patients in less than 24 hours

Deputy Health minister Jaime Lazovski revealed that at the moment officials have registered five false alarm cases in different parts of the country.

Argentina has developed a molecular biological method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in a patient in less than 24 hours, the Argentine health ministry has announced.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 08:10 UTC

On Columbus Day, “we also pay tribute to the legacy of Native Americans”

President Obama: On Columbus Day, we reflect on the moment the world changed

Proclamation by Barack Obama - When Christopher Columbus -- a son of Genoa, Italy -- set sail across the Atlantic, no one could imagine the profound and lasting impact he would have on the world. In search of a westward route to Asia, he instead spotted the Bahamas. As dawn broke on October 12, 1492, Columbus's crew set foot on a Caribbean island and changed the course of history. For much of Europe, this marked the discovery of the New World, and it set in motion the more than five centuries that have followed.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 06:06 UTC

Santos confirms he authorized FARC leader to attend peace talks in Cuba

Allegedly Londoño, or “Timochenko”, has gone to Havana several times on non-commercial flights from Venezuela

Colombian guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño has made secret government-authorized trips to Cuba several times in the last year to meet with his team of negotiators as part of peace talks to end 50 years of civil war, Colombian officials said.

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