In the news, July 23

More violence troubles Egypt as at least 6 are killed in clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters (with accounts from eyewitness). Meanwhile, Washington comes closer to a decision on arming Syrian resistance as Free Syrian Army scores a victory in the struggle with Asaad and a UN official warned of war crimes against children in Syria.

Oxfam is critical of a new effort by OECD to end tax dodging by multinationals.


Reason for optimism on new push for Middle East peace?

Amnesty International alleges California prison authorities are in breach of international law in their response to widespread hunger strike.

Pope Francis mobbed in Rio at WYD (will he get caught up in the street protests?), and Father Helmut Schuller takes his 'Disobediance' tour to Washington.

Lourdes records a 69th miracle.

Which is harder on developing babies: crack or poverty?

The testimony of an 11-year Yemeni "runaway bride" goes viral.

World Food Program attempts to reach villages cut off by new clashes in South Sudan, and video from last year in the Democratic Republic of Congo suggests some of the hardships faced by refugees in latest outbreak of violence near Goma.

And not one word about the wee bonny prince! (Ok except for that and this.) And while the rest of England remains besotted by the royal family's latest addition, some prepare for a day of prayer to protest the upcoming opening of the world's largest arms fair in London on September 8.


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