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Bolivian 'communist crucifix' gift to pope surprises Vatican

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - The Vatican acknowledged it was taken by surprise to discover that a wooden hammer and sickle sculpture with a figure of a crucified Christ gifted to the Pope in Bolivia was not commissioned by leftist president Evo Morales but designed by a priest killed in 1980.

Pope calls for new economic order, criticises capitalism

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labour, lodging and land.

Pope lauds Bolivia's social reforms as relations thaw

LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday praised Bolivia's social reforms to spread wealth under leftist President Evo Morales and urged the world not to view prosperity as material wealth, which he warned only breeds corruption and conflict.

Sign of the times

If an image is known to represent a hate-driven ideology, then we should not allow it to flourish.

Synthetic blood is ready for human testing soon

Synthetic red blood cells are to be transfused into human testing subjects by 2017, the UK's National Health Service (NHS) Blood and Transplant announced recently.

Road rage incident in Subang settled amicably, say police

SUBANG JAYA: "Cooler heads must prevail where a hot temper fails."

Farmer dies while plucking fruits

KOTA KINABALU: A farmer was believed to be electrocuted while plucking mangoes at Kampung Seri Manis.

Iron fists in the West

There are lessons to be learned about what happens when those who have no qualms about using force to make their point gain access to political power and government machineries.

Maoists call off three-day Nepal strike after clashes, anger

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalese Maoists leading a nationwide shutdown amid violent protests and clashes with police called off the strike on Tuesday as anger rose at the disruption their drive for a new constitution was causing.

When you hear hoof-beats, think healing horses

Some hospitals are tapping into the therapeutic powers of our four-legged friends.