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Pope says societys worth measured by generosity

Written by  |  Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:35  |  Published in WORLD

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 25 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, visiting a slum in Rio de Janeiro Thursday, said a society's worth is measured "in the way it treats those most in need."

During a visit to the Varginha favela, or slum, the pope told poor people: "You are not alone. The church is with you, the pope is with you."

Brazilian police took over Varginha last year, taking control from drug gangs, CNN said.

The pope, visiting Brazil after weeks of sometime violent anti-corruption protests, told young Brazilians: "You have a particular sensitivity towards injustice, but you are often disappointed by facts that speak of corruption on the part of people who put their own interests before the common good.

Kerry Commerce can help build political stability in DRC elsewhere

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 July 2013 21:48  |  Published in WORLD

UNITED NATIONS, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday "boosting regional commerce in the short term" can contribute to stability in troubled regions of the world.

Kerry, presiding over a meeting of the U.N. Security Council for the first time, credited U.N. and World Bank leaders for a partnership that "provides incentives for political progress through projects that create stability and improve infrastructure" in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"Clearly, boosting regional commerce in the short term is one path to realizing stability and security in the long term," he said. "And I think that we're all very hopeful that this approach can succeed in the Great Lakes region, and perhaps even serve as a model for other areas like Mali and through the Maghreb and beyond.

UN awards 1B in compensation to Kuwait for 1990 invasion losses

Written by  |  Tuesday, 23 July 2013 20:42  |  Published in WORLD

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 25 (UPI) -- Kuwait was awarded more than $1 billion in compensation Thursday for damages caused by Iraq's 1990 invasion, a United Nations panel announced.

Scientists capture identify parasitic killer of Pacific oysters Featured

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 July 2013 19:40  |  Published in WORLD

VICTORIA, British Columbia, July 25 (UPI) -- Researchers say they've captured a tiny, elusive parasite plaguing oysters from British Columbia to California, and making the delicacy unappealing to humans.

University of British Columbia researchers say they've managed to isolate the Microcytos mackini, a parasite that infects mainly Pacific oysters, leading to unsightly green lesions and then death.

Police Officer-impersonating teen struck again Featured

Written by  |  Wednesday, 24 July 2013 19:40  |  Published in WORLD

CHICAGO, July 25 (UPI) -- Chicago police said a 19-year-old man busted four years ago for posing as a police officer was allegedly caught trying to impersonate an officer a second time.

Authorities said Vincent Richardson was arrested Tuesday at the VG Uniform store after a clerk became suspicious of his claims to being an Englewood District officer and performed an Internet search that revealed he had been caught posing as an officer at the age of 14 in 2009, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.



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