- CHINA / ENVIRONMENT: Beijing Sets New Standard For...Dense Deadly Smog.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- BRASIL: More Headaches For Dilma : Her VP's In-Law On Playboy Cover...And Chief Aide's Dubious Payment.
- MEXICO/ USA : 11 Oct. UPDATE: Navy Admits Killing Top Zetas Leader Lazcano...Was Accident; 'La Ardilla' Smirks Over His Arrest For Falcon Lake Murder; Analysis Of Calderon's 'Kill The Capos' Plan.
- BRASIL / ITALY / GUATEMALA / USA / RUSSIA: 1 Dead, 7 Injured In Rio Fuel Tanks Fires/ Blasts; Ruby Heartstealer Admits Lying About Silvio's Sex Parties, Money; Ex-Prez Alfonso Portillo Extradited To USA For Money Laundering; Moscow Bans VKontakte By 'Mistake.'
- POLAND: C.Bank To Strengthen Zloty By Selling Euros.
- USA / SOCIAL MEDIA / GUN CULTURE: Santa Leaves Heat As Xmas Treats.
- BRASIL: Documentary About Rio Garbage Dump... Up For Oscar.
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- RUSSIA : Drunk's Death Scene Dance...Goes Viral...Offends Many.
13 March 2013
ARGENTINA / VATICAN : 14 Mar UPDATE: Shocker! Buenos Aires...Gets...Pope Francis.
The Vatican's shocking choice for pope....is only now settling in.
After only 2 days...and 5 votes...the conclave of cardinals chose a dark horse candidate... the archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998...Jorge Bergoglio, 76...as the new leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
Bergoglio is the first pope from the New World...the Americas...and the so-called 'global south.'
The Vatican says that the Cardinal chose his name...Pope Francis...after St. Francis of Assisi.
But...perhaps also to honor the co-founder of the Jesuits...St. Francis Xavier.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit to be chosen as pope.