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U.S. cardinals seek answers on Vatican dysfunction

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals said Monday they want to talk to Vatican managers about allegations of corruption and cronyism within the top levels of the Catholic Church before they elect the next pope, evidence that a scandal over leaked papal documents is casting a shadow over the conclave and setting up one of the most unpredictable papal elections in recent ...

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Miriam Makeba, Anti-Apartheid Singer, Celebrated With Google Doodle

On March 4, Google celebrated singer and activist Miriam Makeba’s 81st birthday with a Google Doodle. Makeba was born in South Africa in 1932 and lived through the rise and fall of apartheid, a system of legally enforced racial segregation that officially ended in the early 1990s. Makeba testified against apartheid at the United Nations in 1963 and the South ...

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William Hague arrives in Mali for talks

The Foreign Secretary William Hague today arrived in Mali for talks with military commanders and local politicians, just weeks after a French force routed Islamist rebels from strongholds in the north of the country. Mr Hague was due to meet the north African country’s president Dioncounda Traore and prime minister Django Cissoko, as well as the commander of the African-led ...

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Kerry: Window on Iran not open ‘indefinitely’

MATTHEW LEE Associated Press= RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in Saudi Arabia for talks with Saudi and Gulf Arab officials, said Monday the window of opportunity for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear problem “cannot by definition remain open indefinitely.” But Kerry, who was meeting in Riyadh with the foreign ministers of Kuwait, ...

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Kenya vote sees long lines; attacks kill 12

RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press= NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Multiple attacks against security forces in Kenya on Monday killed at least 12 people as Kenyans waited in long lines to cast ballots five years after more than 1,000 people died in election-related violence. A group of 200 secessionists armed with guns, machetes and bows and arrows set a trap for police ...

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