• Pope Francis in hot water over 'personal' phone calls

    Pope Francis's habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lombardi has had enough. The spokesman said media reports about the phone calls have been "a source of misunderstanding and confusion".

    AFP
    • South Africa's Archbishop Tutu says he will not vote ANC

      Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the champions of South Africa's struggle for democracy, said on Wednesday he will not vote for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in an election on May 7. "I won't vote for them (ANC). I say that with a heavy heart," Tutu told reporters in…

      Reuters
      • 'Gospel of Jesus's Wife': Doubts Raised About Ancient Text

        Now, new information uncovered by Live Science raises doubts about the origins of the scrap of papyrus. The gospel, written in the ancient Egyptian language Coptic, has made headlines ever since Harvard University professor Karen King announced its discovery. The business-card-size fragment…

        LiveScience.com
        • Jodie Foster Marries Girlfriend!

          Jodie Foster can add a new title to her impressive resume - blushing bride! Jodie and girlfriend Alexandra Hedison have tied the knot, her rep confirmed to Access Hollywood . The exciting news comes 15 months after Jodie took the stage at the 2013 Golden Globes to accept the Cecil B. DeMille…

          Access Hollywood
          • Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

            MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.

            Associated Press
            • First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad

              WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the…

              Associated Press
              • SA's 20 years of democracy: Celebration and concern

                South Africa requires the same levels of wisdom, insight, ­passion and leadership it had 20 years ago in order to complete the transformation.

                Mail & Guardian Online
                • After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

                  OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday.

                  Associated Press
                  • David Moyes statement after Man United firing

                    Statement released by David Moyes on Wednesday, a day after Manchester United announced he left as manager after less than a season in charge.

                    Associated Press
                    • E-Tolls: User-Over-Pays System Doomed to Decay

                      -Wayne Duvenage At face value, the e-tolling system would appear to be a fair and equitable user pays system and the truth be told, it could have been that way. It could have been efficient and achieved the goals that it was meant to. So what went wrong? To start with, for a user pays […]

                      SA Breaking News
                      • Nigerian leaders unite against Boko Haram

                        By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - Leaders from across Nigeria appealed for a united front against Boko Haram on Thursday, saying the Islamist insurgents were waging war on Christian and Muslim Nigerians alike. President Goodluck Jonathan held a security meeting with governors of 36 states…

                        Reuters
                        • Malema defends his bling

                          EFF leader Julius Malema has defended his lavish lifestyle and said he would be unable to inspire the poor if he was "also going to stay in a shack". Malema has struck a chord with potential voters by relating to their plight, but he has drawn criticism for reaching out to the poor, while wearing…

                          Primedia Online
                          • MTV's 2014 VMAs to Air Live From Los Angeles Forum (Video)

                            MTV's 2014 Video Music Awards will air live on Aug. 24 from the recently reinvented Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Since then it has hosted the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Paul Simon with Sting, and Kings of Leon. As the host for the NBA Champion “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers and…

                            The Wrap
                            • AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

                              WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.

                              Associated Press
                              • Lupita Nyong'o Named People's Most Beautiful

                                What a year it's been for Lupita Nyong'o! The actress won an Oscar and a SAG Award for her performance in "12 Years a Slave," became the newest face of Lancome cosmetics, and now, she's been named People magazine's World's Most Beautiful woman of 2014. "It was exciting and just a major, major…

                                Access Hollywood
                                • Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury

                                  NEW YORK (AP) — The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a Manhattan hotel bar and suffered a head injury, British royal officials said.

                                  Associated Press
                                  • Teen missed Africa, had no clue he was in Maui

                                    HONOLULU (AP) — Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials said…

                                    Associated Press
                                    • Madonsela Named In Top 100 Most Influential People List

                                      Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was on Thursday named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by American news magazine, Time. “Like several other accolades that have been bestowed on me, my inclusion in the Time 100 list is not only a recognition of my contribution as an individual,…

                                      SA Breaking News
                                      • Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

                                        ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman…

                                        Associated Press
                                        • George Clooney Defends ‘Longtime Friend’ President Obama in Spat With Las Vegas Casino Mogul

                                          George Clooney won't tolerate insults being hurled at his “longtime friend” President Barack Obama, whether you agree with his politics or not. The actor is setting the record straight on a heated dinner conversation he had with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn two weeks ago, which ended with…

                                          The Wrap