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26 Aug 2015, Vatican City --- Pope Francis during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on August 26, 2015 (Photo by Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto) --- Image by © Massimo Valicchia/NurPhoto/Corbis
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Pope's Shift on Abortion

Pope Francis will allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women who have had abortions if they seek forgiveness during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, the Vatican announced. Priests can absolve those "who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness"

A picture taken on April 16, 2015 shows the icebreaker Tor at the port of Sabetta in the Kara Sea shore line on the Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic circle, some 2450 km of Moscow.

Obama Calls for Expanded Fleet of Arctic Ice Breakers

President Barack Obama will call for an expanded fleet of Arctic ice breakers, warning that the U.S. risked losing control of shipping routes, fishing grounds and pristine habitats if the Coast Guard does not strengthen its presence in the region

epaselect epa04907464 Migrants protest in front of the Keleti Railway Station after police closed the station in Budapest, Hungary, 01 September 2015. Hungarian police closed the main train station in Budapest from where scores of migrants were hoping to travel to Western Europe. The refugees arrived in Budapest via the so-called Balkan route, across Turkey, the Aegean Sea and Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. EPA/ZOLTAN BALOGH HUNGARY OUT

Hungary Stops Migrants by Shutting Down Train Station

Hungary suspended all rail traffic from its main terminal in Budapest and cleared the train station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany — the hoped-for end destinations in their flight from turmoil in the Mideast and Asia

Key Speakers At The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

Apple May Be Taking On Netflix and Amazon

Apple has been meeting with Hollywood executives about producing original content like Netflix and Amazon do, according to reports. Apple is planning to begin hiring for the project "in the coming months," with operations slated to get underway within a year

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Clinton Email Release Contains 150 Now Deemed Classified

The State Department released 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server, including 150 containing information now deemed to be classified. The email dump was the largest release of emails from Clinton's private server so far

Somalia Extremist Leader Surrenders

Somali Militants Overrun Base for African Union Forces

Islamic extremists overran an African Union base in southern Somalia after a firefight with troops, a Somali military official said. The attack in the small farming town of Janale started with a suicide car bombing at the base's gate, followed by a firefight

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Prime Bangkok Bombing Suspect Arrested

The main suspect in last month's bombing of Bangkok's Erawan Shrine has been arrested, Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-ocha said. Twenty people were killed and more than 120 injured when the blast ripped through the area on Aug. 17

Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, Aug. 30, 2015.

Miley Cyrus' Antics Can't Save VMAs' Ratings

The pop singer got MTV some headlines as the 2015 VMAs host, but Sunday night’s telecast of the Video Music Awards delivered 9.8 million viewers across 10 Viacom-owned networks — a 5% drop from last year's figures stock health sleep alarm clock

Lack of Sleep Makes a Cold More Likely

According to the results of a new study, people who slept six hours a night or less were four times as likely to get sick after being exposed to the cold virus compared with those who got more sleep

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VICE Journalists Charged With Aiding 'Terrorists' in Turkey

Turkish authorities have charged three Western news reporters in southeastern Turkey with working for a "terrorist organization," said their employer VICE News, days after the journalists' detention caused an outcry among human-rights groups