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Pope endorses civil union laws for same-sex couples

Pope Francis has declared support for civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time, according to the Catholic News Agency.The Pope made the historic remarks in a new documentary film, "Francesco," which was released in Rome on Wednesday."Homosexual people…

Why Nigerians are protesting police brutality

Nigeria has been rocked by days of nationwide protests over police brutality, following widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a controversial police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).The protests turned bloody on Tuesday in Lagos, the…

China says environment still grim despite 5 years of progress

China's environment conditions are "grim," falling short of public expectations even after five years of efforts to improve air quality, boost clean energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions, a senior official said on Wednesday.There was still a long way to…

Eyewitnesses say Nigerian forces opened fire on protesters

Clashes between protesters and law enforcement agents in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday, despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers.Demonstrators have taken part in daily protests across the country for nearly…

Danish submarine murderer Peter Madsen caught after escaping prison

Police have captured Peter Madsen, the Danish inventor found guilty of the mutilation and murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, after he briefly escaped from a jail near Denmark's capital.Madsen was caught 430 yards (400 meters) away from Herstedvester prison…

Orionid meteor shower peaks this week

The Orionid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours of October 21, sprinkling remnants of Halley's Comet in Earth's atmosphere to create a dazzling display.The moon's faint waxing crescent phase will allow for optimal viewing. And if you…

NASA mission will touch down on asteroid Bennu today

After orbiting the near-Earth asteroid Bennu for nearly two years, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is ready to reach out its robotic arm and collect a sample from the asteroid's surface on Tuesday. That sample will be returned to Earth in 2023.A…

Australia to join India, US, Japan in large naval exercises

Australia will join India, the United States and Japan in next month's Malabar naval exercises in the Indian Ocean, in a move that is expected to strengthen the military relationship between the four democracies amid increased tensions with China.Conducted annually…

UK accuses Russian intelligence agency of hacking 2020 Olympics

The British government has accused the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service, of carrying out cyberattacks on officials and organizations involved in planning the 2020 Olympics.The UK accused the GRU of targeting the "organisers, logistics services, and sponsors" of the games.…

Plague history shows how a pandemic's course can be shaped

Plague outbreaks in London spread four times faster in the 17th century than they did in the 14th century, researchers have estimated after studying troves of wills and death records.Researchers from Canada's McMaster University analyzed thousands of documents spanning 300…

Anti-femicide protesters call for a state of emergency in Namibia

Protesters in Namibia campaigning against sexual and gender-based violence are calling for a state of emergency to be declared across the country, while pledging to renew their Shut It All Down campaign of disruption if authorities do not act.The protests,…