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Pope Francis marks personal anniversary, presses message to Cubans: Embrace change

SANTIAGO, Cuba Pope Francis marked the anniversary Monday of the day he decided as a teenager to become a priest by pressing a subtle message to Cubans at a delicate point in their own history: Overcome ideological preconceptions and be willing to change.

Investigation: World Health agency’s bungling hindered Ebola response in Sierra Leone

KENEMA, Sierra Leone Something didn’t smell right.

As a worker at Kenema Government Hospital mixed a batch of chlorine on a broiling August day, he noticed it didn’t have its typically strong, bleach-like odour. Concerned, he turned to a consultant with the World Health Organization, who tested the disinfectant and found barely any active ingredient.

Candidate Carson’s Muslim comment: 1 more dent in Republicans’ efforts to widen appeal?

WASHINGTON A leading Republican presidential candidate says he doesn’t believe that a Muslim should be elected to the nation’s top office, stirring up yet another controversy for a party that professes a commitment to broaden its appeal and promote tolerance.

US will start to use the term ‘sexual rights,’ State Department official says at UN meeting

The U.S. government says it will begin using the term “sexual rights” in discussions of human rights and global development.

The statement at a U.N. meeting this week comes after years of lobbying from rights groups who have argued that the U.S. should show global leadership on the rights of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Margaret money: Britain’s media loves the idea of a Margaret Thatcher $10 bill

LONDON Britain is abuzz with U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s suggestion that Margaret Thatcher should grace the new $10 bill.

Mock-ups of a $10 note featuring the former prime minister feature prominently on newspaper websites Thursday. Even the BBC couldn’t resist, pasting an image of a steely-eyed, if slightly smiling, Thatcher onto the bill.

In shadow of Mexico’s 43 missing students, thousands of others have vanished and are mourned

COCULA, Mexico On the morning of her high school graduation, Berenice Navarijo Segura was delayed for a hair and makeup appointment by an explosion of gunfire in the centre of town. Her mother was up before dawn preparing stewed goat and beans for the celebration, and didn’t want her to risk going out.