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Pope denounces euthanasia as ‘sin against God’

Written by The AP Monday, 17 November 2014 09:26

Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement on Nov. 16, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and creation.

Francis made the comments to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors.

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Catholic Bishops vote down Vatican proposal to be more welcoming of gay

Written by Nicole Winfield
and Daniela Petroff,
AP writers
Sunday, 19 October 2014 17:22

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

Policy shift: UN to recognize same-sex marriages of staffers

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:09

The United Nations announced this week that it will recognize the same-sex marriages of all its staffers, in a major policy shift that opens the door for the spouses of gay and lesbian employees to enjoy the same benefits as the husbands and wives of their heterosexual colleagues.

Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal. Now anyone who marries in countries where gay marriage is legal is included.

Pope urges UN on ‘legitimate redistribution’ of wealth

AP writer
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 12:36

Pope Francis has called for governments to redistribute wealth and benefits to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.

Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies meeting in Rome.

Court: Namibia forcibly sterilized women with HIV

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 04 November 2014 17:25

Namibia’s Supreme Court upheld a ruling that health workers sterilized HIV-positive women without their consent, a human rights group said this week.

The 2012 judgment that was upheld had found that health workers had coerced three HIV-positive mothers to sign sterilization consent forms they did not fully understand, and while in labor, the Southern Africa Litigation Center said. 

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

AP Science Writer
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:10

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 61.2 degrees (16.2 Celsius), which is 1.3 degrees higher than the 20th century average. It beat 2010’s old record by one-twentieth of a degree.

Despite pushback, Obama promotes gay rights in hostile regions of the world

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 29 June 2014 06:41

President Barack Obama’s administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn’t been won at home.

Bearded Austrian drag queen wins Eurovision Song Contest

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 11 May 2014 07:38

Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition.

Nazi war criminals collect millions in U.S. social security payments

Written by David Rising, Randy Herschaft
and Richard Lardner,
AP writers
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:14

The Sachsenhausen death camp in Germany. Martin Hartmann, a former SS guard at the camp, receives U.S. social security payments.

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Protesters occupying Beijing’s Tiananmen Square work on the statue of the Goddess of Democracy, May 30, 1989. The makeshift statue, modeled after the Statue of Liberty, was destroyed, and hundreds of people were killed when Chinese soldiers overran the square in the early morning hours of June 4, 1989. -Photo: Jeff Widener/AP

On June 4, Chin and his husband solemnly marked the anniversary of one  of the most significant protests of the 20th century — the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy demonstrations in China’s Tiananmen Square and the bloody government assault that killed hundreds, if not thousands, of unarmed citizens.

Anglican minister ostracized in Uganda for accepting gays

Written by Rodney Muhumuza,
AP writer
Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:03

Rev. Christopher Senyonjo -Photo:

Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counselling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays.