In The News, October 31

This past week, the new U.S. envoy to the Vatican, Ken Hackett, noted that the similarities are greater than the differences between the objectives of the Holy See and of the Obama administration.

The retiring Archbishop of Winnipeg, Most Rev. James Weisgerber, is calling for a greater focus on justice for Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

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This week, Pope Francis received Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and offered the former political prisoner his support in her democratic endeavors.

The World Health organization has confirmed an outbreak of polio in northeast Syria. Thus far, 10 children have been diagnosed and 12 are under investigation still in the Deir al-Zor province. This marks the first outbreak of polio in Syria since 1999.

Former member of the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian Gen. Mohamed Farid el-Tohamy has returned to the political scene in Egypt after being ousted by Mohamed Morsi and is now in charge the Egyptian general intelligence service.

On Wednesday, a private bus carrying 52 people crashed in Hyderabad, India. 7 survived and 45 burned to death in the incident.

James R. Clapper Jr., U.S. Director of National Intelligence, asserted before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that senior White House officials had been routinely informed of the observational and information gathering nature of the N.S.A. in foreign countries for some time.

The United Nations released a report calculating that 7.3 million adolescents become parents every year. The U.N. stated in the release that governments around the world needed to better focus their energies on helping women reach their full potential through education.

On Tuesday, the U.N. General Assembly called renewed its call for an end of the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

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