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Flavia Krause-Jackson

Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

UN Fat Cats Should Learn from Bus-Taking Pope, U.S. Ambassador Says

Joe Torsella, the U.S. ambassador for management and reform at the United Nations, calls himself an Average Joe “fighting to cut waste on behalf of the American taxpayer” in the bloated world body. He is also a good Catholic who’s been paying attention...

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Syrian rescue teams and onlookers gather at the scene of a powerful car bomb explosion near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus on Feb. 21, 2013.

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Syrian rescue teams and onlookers gather at the scene of a powerful car bomb explosion near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the centre of Damascus on Feb. 21, 2013.

Damascus Car-Bombing Spotlights U.S.-Russian Rift, U.N. Inaction

A car bomb exploded in Damascus on Feb. 21 near the headquarters of Syria’s ruling Baath Party. It also happened to be a stone’s throw from the Russian embassy. The suicide attack killed more than 50 people. On those facts, everyone can agree....

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Palestinians wave national flags during a gathering in the West Bank city of Jenin on Nov. 29, 2012 to support Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas who is heading to the United Nations General Assembly today with huge backing for his bid for UN recognition of statehood.

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Palestinians wave national flags during a gathering in the West Bank city of Jenin on Nov. 29, 2012 to support Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas who is heading to the United Nations General Assembly today with huge backing for his bid for UN recognition of statehood.

Rice Riled by Palestine Placard

Just because a United Nations name plate calls you a state, that doesn’t make you one. Still, at the world body, any entity, state or non-state can name itself. Following a largely symbolic vote in the UN’s 193-member General Assembly,...

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