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"An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth," is a useful starting place for discussion of the influence of Pope Francis, who is proving to be a remarkably active and activist leader of the Roman Catholic Church. To modern readers, the Biblical quote (Exodus 21:24) may seem brutal, but the Old Testament sentiment actually meant revolutionary progress.
 
Donald Trump is bent on securing the U.S. Republican presidential nomination before the party's convention in July, but well-organized rival Ted Cruz has been cleverly out-maneuvering him in the all-important delegate battle.
 
One by one, Brazilian lawmakers rise on national television, faces red with indignation, voices shaking, to demand impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.
 
Microsoft suit is latest clash with US over privacy
As we live more of our lives online, the companies we trust with our digital secrets are increasingly clashing with authorities who want access to the messages, pictures, financial records and other data we accumulate in electronic form.
 
Calling for an end to "human trafficking and other forms of human slavery," British Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented a stunning testimony against the "resurgence of slavery" where up to 21 million people are affected by the scourge. As archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols has led the fight against global human trafficking, which given recent chaos around the world, is actually now on the rise.
 
Boring? Give me more of that! The municipal-bond market looks to be regaining its reputation for delivering reliable if unsexy returns, following several big swings since the financial crisis. It's remained sturdy in recent months, even as stocks and other types of bonds have jerked up and down. That has investors, mostly high income earners, once again pouring in dollars in search of safety.
 
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has long been known as the "Queen of Elections" for a decades-long track record of steering her party to sometimes unlikely victories. Now, a crushing, shocking defeat in parliamentary elections sets up the fight of her political life.
 
South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was meant to be the healing balm for a nation traumatized by the horrors of apartheid.
 
For years, Chen Tiantian could only read about the gay rights movement in faraway places. She knew that there were activists in Beijing and a vibrant community in Shanghai, and that in San Francisco, a distant mecca, gay pride parades took up entire streets.
 
In February the biotech blue chip OBI Pharma (浩鼎) announced its breast cancer drug under development failed to achieve "statistical significance" in clinical tests. Since then, the company's stock price has plunged 40 percent, with hundreds of millions of market value evaporating into thin air.
 
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