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Taiji dolphins: Gwyneth Paltrow, Sean Penn and Jennifer Hudson send letter condemning hunt to President Obama

Hollywood stars and activists are urging the President to negotiate the end of the practice as part of a trade agreement with Japan.

Pope Francis’ Harley-Davidson motorbike sold for over £200,000 in Paris auction

The money raised at the auction will go to a hostel and soup kitchen in Rome

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Trade delegations have gone to Tehran from France, China, India, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Italy, Austria, Sweden and even Ireland

Vatican ‘kept code of silence’ on paedophile priests, claims UN report

Children’s rights experts have lambasted the church for allowing clerical abuse to go on unchecked for decades

Pope Francis recently told business leaders: 'I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it'

Pope Francis warns unemployment can lead to 'suicide' in annual Lent message

Holy Father urges faithful to convert to justice, equality and simplicity

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US Secretary of State, John Kerry, says 'fight for democratic European future' embodied in Ukrainian protest movement

Pope Francis urges Italian mobsters to pray for forgiveness and convert to the Lord after three-year old is murdered in shock mafia hit

Brutal murder of three-year old Coco has sparked outrage in Italy as mafia crime takes an "unprecedented" turn

The former British Prime Minister's comments came during a visit to Cairo in order to discuss the Middle East peace process and the situation in Egypt.

Tony Blair gives backing to Egyptian military coup, criticises Brotherhood and calls for international community to support leadership

The former British Prime Minister's comments came during a visit to Cairo in order to discuss the Middle East Peace Process and the situation in Egypt

A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

Britain to set up controversial drone development partnership with France

The move follows on from the 2010 agreement to enhance defence co-operation including sharing aircraft carriers, joint expeditionary forces and training

Demonstrators protest against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the UN offices in Geneva during the talks on Friday

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At first the talks were delayed for 24 hours, then Syria’s foreign minister threatened to walk out. But last night the two sides agreed to be in the same room. Kim Sengupta reports from Geneva on the UN mission to end the bloodshed

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Syria Geneva II talks: Scepticism on the streets as al-Qa’ida poses as peacemaker

Patrick Cockburn in Damascus finds people resigned to Geneva talks failure

Pope Francis: The internet is a 'gift from God'

The pontiff also said new technology can be used to build bridges between different cultures and religions

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (centre) welcomes delegates hoping to bring an end to Syria’s civil war to the Montreux Palace Hotel in Switzerland

Syria peace talks: John Kerry leads calls for removal of President Bashar al-Assad

The Geneva II peace talks witness bitter opening exchanges from both sides

Pope Francis tells Davos: 'Ensure humanity is served by wealth, not ruled by it'

Pope's message on wealth distribution comes after Oxfam said 85 richest people in world have as much wealth as poorest 3.5 billion

Bill and Melinda Gates, whose charitable foundation publishes an annual letter tackling issues surrounding world poverty

‘No poor countries by 2035’: Bill Gates annual letter says extreme poverty and child mortality could be virtually wiped out in next two decades

Bill and Melinda Gates use letter to quash ‘three myths’ about world poverty

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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