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After Vatican controversy, McDonald's helps feed homeless in Rome

ROME (Reuters) - McDonald's received a lukewarm reception when it opened a new branch just steps from St. Peter's Square last month, but on Monday the fast food giant accepted a challenge to adopt one of Pope Francis's cherished principles - feeding the hungry....
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Brother of airport shooting suspect says US gov't failed him

PENUELAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — The brother of a man accused of killing five people at a Florida airport questioned Saturday why his brother was allowed to keep his gun after U.S. authorities knew he'd become increasingly paranoid and was hearing voices....
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Iran official calls for sterilisation for sex workers

Tehran (AFP) - Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be "convinced" to undergo sterilisation to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday....
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‘Obama and other Muslims not welcome’:

New Mexico convenience store’s racist signs outrage community...
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Britain gets creative in fighting rampant food waste

London (AFP) - One of Europe's worst offenders on food waste, Britain is beginning to get its act together thanks to a surge in volunteer initiatives that help the poor as well as creating a bit of seasonal cheer....
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[US] Army Preparing For First Execution In Half Century

Ronald Gray, a former U.S. Army soldier convicted of raping and killing several women, could become the first person to be put to death by the military in a half-century....
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5-Month-Old Baby Dies Of Starvation at Home Days After Parents Die Of Drug Overdose

A 5-month-old baby girl in Pennsylvania died of starvation days after her parents died in the house of heroin overdoses....
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[UK] Rough sleepers 'urinated on' by public, survey finds

Rough sleepers have described being urinated on, having belongings stolen and being sexually assaulted while living on the streets....
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Lebanese lawmakers set to scrap law forgiving rapists who marry victim

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights campaigners in Lebanon said they were confident that lawmakers were set to abolish a law that absolves convicted rapists of their punishment if they marry their victim....
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