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Pope Brokered Deal to Open US-Cuba Ties
Last edited 18th December 2014

Pope Francis played a key role in mediating talks between the US and Cuba, resulting in an exchange of prisoners and opening the way for the first direct talks between the neighboring countries in more than 50 years.


Pakistan School Attack: At Least 141 People Killed, Including 132 Children, in Taliban Siege in Peshawar
Last edited 17th December 2014

At least 141 people have been killed and 122 injured in an attack by Taliban militants on a Pakistani high school.

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Pakistan Taliban: School Attack Leaves 141 Dead
Last edited 16th December 2014

Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say. Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army.

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Two Hostages, Gunman Dead after Sydney Siege Ends
Last edited 15th December 2014

The gunman and two hostages have been confirmed dead following a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe. NSW Police said the 50-year-old gunman was killed during a confrontation with police at around 2am this morning (16 December).

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U.S. Bishops Condemn Acts of Torture Detailed in Report
Last edited 11th December 2014

Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that oversaw 119 detainees between 2001 and 2009.

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Australia's Human Rights Record Being Undermined
Last edited 10th December 2014

Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Bishop Christopher Saunders says Australia's human rights record is being undermined by policies aimed at denying people sanctuary.

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Little Sisters in Court: Don't Stop Our Ministry of Serving the Dying Poor
Last edited 9th December 2014

The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying.

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Gun Battles Erupt in Chechnya's Capital after Militants Launch Attack
Last edited 4th December 2014

Militants attacked buildings in Chechnya’s capital, Grozny, in the early hours of Dec 4, prompting gun battles that left at least 10 security officers and six insurgents dead.


Agencies Prepare Response as Powerful Typhoon takes Aim on Philippines
Last edited 4th December 2014

Catholic and other humanitarian agencies prepared for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago.

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Religious Leaders Sign Declaration to Eradicate Slavery
Last edited 2nd December 2014

Leaders of the world’s major religions came together at the Vatican on Tuesday to sign a common declaration condemning slavery and urging the world to action, and were addressed by Pope Francis.

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