Top Vatican cardinal says pope backs him on stance over abuse issue

ROME/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on systemic sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, said on Monday that he has the full backing of Pope Francis.

Clashes break out as France begins clearing Calais migrant camp

CALAIS, France (Reuters) – Clashes with police broke out on Monday as work got underway to clear part of the shanty town outside Calais in northern France where migrants are trying to reach Britain.

Syrian opposition says government wrecking truce deal

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior official from Syria’s main opposition group said on Monday that a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in danger of total collapse because of attacks by government forces.

North Korea says U.S. student confessed to theft of item with propaganda slogan

SEOUL (Reuters) – A U.S. student held in North Korea since early January was detained for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his Pyongyang hotel and has confessed to “severe crimes” against the state, the North’s official media said on Monday.

Mexico reports fresh theft of radioactive material

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican authorities were searching on Monday for a container of radioactive material used for industrial X-rays that was stolen along with a car in central Mexico this weekend, the latest in a series of such case in the country.

Suicide bombings kill 40 in eastern Iraq, eight west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – At least 40 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a funeral in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala while a suicide blast at a security checkpoint in Baghdad’s western outskirts killed eight members of the security forces, police said on Monday.

Dean Baker: We Poisoned Kids in Flint to Keep Their Parents From Having Jobs @HuffPostBlog

The decision to not spend more money on infrastructure did not involve any sort of normal trade-off. We did not get ourselves more health care or education spending because we didn’t spend more money on infrastructure. We just kept millions of workers from being employed.

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U.S. top court rejects union challenge to New Jersey pension reforms

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by unions representing public employees, including teachers and state troopers, to force the state of New Jersey to pay…