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Economic crisis hits global poor

Last year's global slump will 'condemn 53 million more people to extreme povertyThe global financial crisis will condemn about 53 million more people to extreme poverty and contribute to 1.2 million child deaths in the next five years, according to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

More than one billion people, or one-in-six people on the planet, are struggling to meet basic food needs, leading to disease - and ultimately death - in many young children and pregnant women, a report, published on Friday, said.

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New plan would allow whale hunts, with limits

A few countries have never obeyed the whale-hunting ban.A ban on commercial whale hunting since 1986 hasn't stopped Japan, Iceland and Norway from killing 35,000 whales, according to U.S. government counts. Now the International Whaling Commission has proposed a new approach — legalize whaling for those three nations for the next 10 years, but impose limits and watch the whalers more carefully.

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Belgian Bishop Quits Over Sex Abuse

Roger Vangheluwe, right, the bishop of Bruges, with Pope John Paul II in Ypres in 1985. The longest-serving bishop in Belgium resigned Friday after admitting to sexually abusing “a young man in my close entourage” many years ago, becoming the latest cleric to quit in a spreading abuse scandal.

The development dealt a new blow to the Roman Catholic Church, and marked a new entry in a corrosive catalog of disclosures that has damaged its credibility and shaken the trust of many believers in their spiritual leaders.

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Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Launch Raises More Questions Than Answers

Boeing X-37B Orbital Test VehicleThe Air Force stated the launch of the reusable Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is not a segue into militarizing space. The unmanned space shuttle will be controlled from the ground to conduct experiments in space. The secrecy about the innovative rocket makes its null purposes seem irrelevant.

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Report: Ocean acidification rising at unprecedented rate

The report says that oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were 200 years ago.With the oceans absorbing more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide an hour, a National Research Council study released Thursday found that the level of acid in the oceans is increasing at an unprecedented rate and threatening to change marine ecosystems.

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German troops in Afghanistan call on Angela Merkel to explain why they're at war

German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves - in the form of a badge that protests their country's involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

Some troops have taken to wearing the cloth accessory that states - ironically - 'I fight for Merkel' in a bid to persuade the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain exactly what they are fighting and dying for.

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Senate panel: Ratings agencies rolled over for Wall Street

Ratings agencies rolled over for Wall StreetA Senate panel investigating the causes of the nation's financial crisis on Thursday unveiled evidence that credit-ratings agencies knowingly gave inflated ratings to complex deals backed by shaky U.S. mortgages in exchange for lucrative fees.

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U.S. Push for New Class of Weapons Alarms Russia

Prompt Global StrikeIn coming years, President Obama will decide whether to deploy a new class of weapons capable of reaching any corner of the earth from the United States in under an hour and with such accuracy and force that they would greatly diminish America’s reliance on its nuclear arsenal.

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Outgoing Irish bishop accepts responsibility for role in abuse cover-up

Bishop James MoriartyIn a statement confirming that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted his resignation, Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare and Leighlin repeated his acknowledgment that he bore some responsibility for the mishandling of sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese.

Although he was not directly criticized for his actions as in Dublin in the Murphy report, he said, "from the time I became an auxiliary bishop, I should have challenged the prevailing culture." He apologized to abuse victims in his statement.

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