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(Vatican Radio)  Tensions are rising in the former Soviet republic of Moldova after angry crowds broke into the Parliament to protest against a new pro-European government. The protests come amid political turmoil over the disappearance of some $1 billion in the impoverished nation.Listen to Stefan Bos' report: The troubles began after thousands of people chanting slogans such as "cancel the vote" and "thieves" gathered outside the Parliament building in Moldova's capital Chisinau. Later, hundreds of them, managed to get through the police barricades and enter the building itself. They are furious that Ravel Filip, from the main pro-European coalition, has been appointed prime minister. The vote was boycotted by opposition parties.The previous government of the former Soviet republic was dismissed by lawmakers in October amid a corruption scandal. And demonstrators here say the new prime minister has close links to one of Moldova's most po...
(Vatican Radio)  The Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Michel Roy, says the drought in Ethiopia and resulting food shortages means that the nation could slide into a famine situation later this year unless prompt action is taken to tackle this shortfall. The United Nations has appealed for 50 million dollars in emergency funds to help Ethiopia cope with its worst drought in decades. Crop production has fallen up to 90 percent in some regions and failed completely in the east of the nation mainly as a result of the El Nino weather pattern.  Roy was speaking to Susy Hodges about the crisis. Listen to the interview with the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Michel Roy:    According to the U.N. the current drought threatens food supplies for 10.2 million people in Ethiopia. More than a million people died in the east African nation during a major famine there in the 1980’s and millions more were made destitute.  'We...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
LONDON (AP) -- Judge Robert Owen's report into the killing of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was published in Britain Thursday. Here are some of the key findings from the report:...
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Worries over a British exit from the European Union weighed on participants at the World Economic Forum on Thursday, with France's prime minister warning that it would be a "tragedy" that could prove an inspiration to populists around the region at a time when many countries are contending with massive numbers of refugees....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A light dusting of snow that stuck drivers in icy gridlock for hours in and around Washington served an ominous prelude to the massive blizzard bearing down Thursday on the nation's capital and threatening the eastern United States....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican senators are confronting an unsettling possibility: Sen. Ted Cruz, their least favorite colleague, stands within reach of becoming the party's presidential nominee and standard-bearer....
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two powerful Shiite militias are top suspects in the abduction of three Americans last weekend in a southern neighborhood of the Iraqi capital, an Iraqi police commander and a Western security official in Baghdad said Thursday....
NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. Best supporting actor nominee Mark Ruffalo also says he's considering skipping the ceremony....
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Baseball cap turned backward, pumping himself up with cries of "C'MON!" Lleyton Hewitt fought one last feisty encounter. Then he gathered his three young kids on center court and said farewell....
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