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Pope Francis on When It Might Be 'Better to Be an Atheist'

"How many times have we all heard people say 'if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist,'" Pope Francis said Thursday while speaking of hypocritical Christians. Reuters reports the pope made the remarks while delivering an off-the-cuff homily during his private morning Mass. "It...

Cops: Virgin Saint Hid a Secret—Until She Leaked It

Altars to the Virgin of Guadalupe are ubiquitous at businesses across Mexico. Now federal police say one has even been used in a gasoline-smuggling racket in the central state of Puebla, reports the AP. Police said Tuesday that a trail of fuel leaking into the street in San Martin Texmelucan...

Cops Raid Nuclear Bunker, Find a Giant Pot Farm

The 20-room nuclear bunker was originally intended to protect government officials in case of bombs. Instead, six men were allegedly using it to fill bongs, reports the BBC. During a Wednesday raid on the 1980s bunker known as RGHQ Chilmark in Wiltshire, England, police uncovered a massive marijuana operation with...

In Rare Move, North Korea Snaps at China

It's not just North Korea's relationship with Malaysia that may be splintering. In a rare move Thursday, the country appeared to accuse ally China of working with North Korea's enemies to "bring down its social system," reports Reuters. An editorial published by the state-controlled KCNA—with the byline "Jong Phil"—...

N. Korea Points Fingers, Alleges Malaysia Conspiracy

After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions." The report from the official outlet KCNA didn't acknowledge the victim was...

Tillerson 'Sidelined' at State Department

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson feels that he has been sidelined—along with the entire State Department—and is looking for ways to boost his profile, insiders say. A State source tells Politico that Tillerson has privately asked aides for advice on boosting his profile and engaging with the media...

Iraqi Forces Battle ISIS for Control of Mosul Airport

Iraqi federal police pushed their way into the perimeter of Mosul International Airport on Thursday, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with ISIS militants hunkered down in several airport buildings, police officials say. The advance came as part of a major assault that started Sunday to...

Only 2 Cities Are Still Bidding to Host 2024 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is due to meet in September to vote on the site of the 2024 Olympics—but if one more city drops out, they won't need to. The Hungarian government confirmed Wednesday that Budapest's bid has been withdrawn, leaving Paris and Los Angeles as the only remaining...

Princess Di's Iconic Outfits Go On Display

The dresses tell the story of a life cut short: first the frilly debutante frocks Princess Diana wore before she married Prince Charles, then the elaborate gowns that stunned the world, and finally the power suits she favored shortly before her death. It's been 20 years since Diana died in...

Thousands Attend Funeral for Plotter of 1993 WTC Bombing

Thousands of mourners gathered Wednesday in Egypt for the funeral of the man convicted of conspiracy in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center that left six people dead, Reuters reports. Omar Abdel-Rahman, also known as the "blind sheikh," died Saturday in a US prison at the age of...

Why This Airport Has to Fix Its Goats and Bandits Problem

Next time you feel like ranting about LaGuardia or LAX, take a moment to give thanks you're not flying into Nigeria over the next few weeks (unless you are, in which case … sorry). Starting March 8, the airport in Kaduna will be servicing all travelers who previously flew in...

It's Like Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket, but With UK Bank Notes

Consumers in the UK are on the hunt for a rare and valuable Willy Wonka-style golden ticket—while the woman who found the third of only four in existence is donating it to charity. It all started when renowned "micro-engraver" Graham Short etched a 5mm-tall image of English author Jane...

Prisoners Rang in New Year; Then, Unimaginable Bloodshed

Shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, hundreds of Manaus inmates watched as the sky lit up with fireworks, paid for by the gangs that dominate the jail system. The revelry continued into the next afternoon, and inmates celebrated with wives and girlfriends. But then guards noticed something strange: The...

Stolen 'Works Sets You Free' Gate Back at Dachau

The wrought-iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp, which prompted an international outcry when it was stolen more than two years ago, has been returned to the German memorial site. The gate, bearing the slogan "Arbeit macht frei," ("Work sets you free"), was located in Norway's western Bergen area...

Author's Joke at Her Home May Have Given Killer an Idea

While giving a tour of her $1.6 million home in 2013 with her partner in tow, children's author Helen Bailey noted that the cesspit beneath the garage would be a "good place to hide a body," according to court documents. Prosecutors said that's exactly how Ian Stewart got the...

Artist Begins Weeklong Stay ... in a Boulder

A French artist has kicked off a weeklong stay inside a 13-ton boulder. Sounds awful, right? Well, it's only the start of what Abraham Poincheval calls "an inner journey to find out what the world is." After seven days confined to a sitting position in a limestone rock shaped like...

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Reportedly Turns ISIS Bomber

A man compensated by the UK government following his release from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 has reportedly died in a suicide bombing targeting a military base in Iraq. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Monday, sharing a photo of the smiling British suicide bomber it identified as Abu...

South Korean Women on Brink of Longevity Milestone

Life expectancy is expected to climb dramatically in most developed countries by 2030—just not in the United States. Using 21 mathematical models, scientists at Imperial College London and the WHO predict females born in the US in 2030 will live an average of 83 years compared to 81 in...

'Never Have I Seen a Man Fallen From Such a Height'

A former leader of Hong Kong was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for misconduct after failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment for his retirement from a businessman applying for a broadcasting license, the AP reports. It was a stunning downfall for Donald Tsang, 72, who...

Iceland's President Ensnared in Pizza-Topping Controversy

It's not every day that the president of Iceland's visit to a high school makes international news, but here we are: Guðni Th. Jóhannesson—a history professor in a former life—last week stopped at a school in the northern town of Akureyri and, during a Q&A period, was asked...

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