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Bolivia must protect the ‘most vulnerable in society’ from the impact of capitalism: Pope Francis

Bolivia must protect the ‘most vulnerable in society’ from the impact of capitalism: Pope Francis

Pope Francis is visiting Bolivia, on the second leg of his tour of Latin America’s three poorest countries. After landing at La Paz airport, the pontiff spoke of the need to protect the most vulnerable in society from the impact of capitalism. He was greeted by President Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous leader, who gave […]

Pope Francis: Duty to protect planet, calls for ‘social justice’ on resources

Pope Francis: Duty to protect planet, calls for ‘social justice’ on resources

Pope Francis on Tuesday said protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty and called for a new “social justice” where access to the earth’s resources would be based on equality instead of economic interests. In back-to-back speeches on the third day of his trip to Ecuador, the pope made his first […]

Chile approves marijuana decriminalisation bill

Chile approves marijuana decriminalisation bill

A bill which will allow Chileans to grow small amounts of marijuana for medical, recreational or spiritual use has been approved by the country’s lower house of Congress. The measure will allow each Chilean home to grow up to six plants. Up to now, planting, selling and transporting marijuana has been punishable by up to […]

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in months

Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in months

Fidel Castro pictured in Vancouver in December 1995, listing reasons why he’s upset with U.S. economic sanctions against his country, and taking the long way home from an Asian trade mission by flying east across Canada and then south over the Atlantic back to Cuba. Friday, Castro, now 88, made his first public appearance in […]

Dominican gvnt revokes citizenship of all Haitian descent Dominicans

Dominican gvnt revokes citizenship of all Haitian descent Dominicans

This is the call that has echoed throughout Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, where tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent have protested a move to drop their citizenship: “I am Dominican, and I have rights.” Following a 2013 high court decision, the Dominican government revoked the citizenship of thousands of […]

A Million People Gather In Ecuador To Meet Pope Francis

A Million People Gather In Ecuador To Meet Pope Francis

Pope Francis will perform mass in front of a massive crowd of one million people in Ecuador today as he kicks off the first leg of his three-nation tour of South America. Many of his loyal followers camped out overnight, having traveled from all over Ecuador and neighbouring countries, just to hear him speak in […]

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, denied asylum in France

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, denied asylum in France

France has rejected an apparent appeal by the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to grant him asylum. Prosecutors in Sweden want to question Mr Assange over sex assault claims. The 44-year-old Australian denies the allegations. He has been living at Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012. On Friday, France’s Le Monde newspaper published an open letter […]

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff unveils Rio Olympics torch

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff unveils Rio Olympics torch

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has unveiled the torch to be used at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She said the Games would bring “honour and pride” to the country. Ms Rousseff, who has seen her popularity plunge amid a serious economic crisis, says the country will rise to the challenge and will organise […]

El Salvador’s records 677 murders in June highest since civil war

El Salvador’s records 677 murders in June highest since civil war

The month of June saw 677 murders in El Salvador, more than in any other single month since the end of the country’s civil war. Miguel Fortin Magana, director of the country’s Legal Medicine Institute, said Friday that June’s total surpassed May’s total of 641 murders. The first six months of this year have produced […]

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