In the News, August 1

Russia grants Edward Snowden a one-year asylum.

Bishop of Saltillo Mgr. Raul Vera Lopez condemns local Mexican prison for its abhorrent conditions.

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In Chile, the Cathedral of Santiago re-opens after violent raid last week.

We posted a story about the possible kidnapping of a Jesuit priest in Syria. Here is a follow-up.

For the second time this Summer, Kansas-based National Beef Packing Co. recalls beef over fear of E. coli contamination.

After Sandy Hook, the number of gun permits is on the rise in Newtown.

What are we talking about at America? Books! Margot Patterson goes a-fishing with Walden in hand, and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell writes about Alice McDermott’s forthcoming novel, Someone.

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