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LONDON, UK — On Friday, Britain assessed the damage of a storm that killed two people, forced thousands from their homes and threatened the nation with the biggest tidal surge in 60 years before moving on to Europe.
Severe floods wreaked havoc on the UK’s east coast. Waves several stories high smashed against seaside barriers. In the seaside town of Hemsby, homes tumbled downhill and were carried away by the sea like children’s toys.
Winds killed one man in northern England and another in Scotland.
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — On Nelson Mandela’s street, there is singing.
Songs from the liberation struggle, songs in Mandela’s praise. Choruses of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” this country’s gorgeous national anthem, sung by the crowds that have gathered here since news came that Mandela had died.
Around the country, as South Africans young and old pay tribute to their beloved former president and national hero, the sadness is tempered with a celebration of his life rather than a tearful mourning of his death.
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for his struggle against racist white rule before emerging to become South Africa’s first democratically elected president, has died at the age of 95.
South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death to the nation in a televised statement live from the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Mandela, who had become increasingly frail over the years and suffered recurring lung infections, passed away Thursday at 8:50 p.m. local time. He is said to have died peacefully and in the company of family at his home in the Houghton area of Johannesburg.
"Our nation has lost its greatest son," Zuma told South Africans. "Our people have lost a father."
Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him on combatting sex abuse in the clergy, it was announced Thursday.
The move would help protect children from pedophiles and better screen would-be priests, according to the Vatican. But it was dismissed as a “public relations stunt” by a leading victim advocacy group, who added that it would do little to shield young people from predatory priests.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, announced the creation of the commission Thursday at the conclusion of a meeting between Francis and his eight cardinal advisers in Vatican City who are helping him govern the church and reform the Vatican bureaucracy. Boston was the epicenter of the 2002 clerical sexual abuse scandal in the U.S.
O’Malley told reporters that the commission, made up of international lay and religious experts on sex abuse, would study current programs to protect children, better screen priests, train church personnel and suggest new initiatives to implement inside the Vatican and around the world.
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There are two sides to the debate about this pope:
Viktor Storozhenko, a 23-year-old theater student, participating in anti-government protests in Ukraine
The UN Security Council authorized French and African troops to use force to protect civilians in the Central African Republic as clashes killed dozens.
KABUL, Afghanistan — It’s painful for US soldiers to hear discussions and watch movies about modern wars when the dialogue is full of obsolete slang, like “chopper” and “GI.”
Slang changes with the times, and the military’s is no different. Soldiers fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have developed an expansive new military vocabulary, taking elements from popular culture as well as the doublespeak of the military industrial complex.
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Groups of children dressed as pirates, witches and clowns giggled excitedly as they moved from house to house, collecting candy and treats.
It may sound like Halloween in America, but it’s Beirut, Lebanon on Saint Barbara’s Day.
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