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In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism

Pope FrancisHis speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”

Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice, and a prime cause of climate change. Francis escalated that line last week when he made a historic apology for the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church during the period of Spanish colonialism — even as he called for a global movement against a “new colonialism” rooted in an inequitable economic order.

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Rights group video: Israeli soldier shot fleeing Palestinian

IDF shoots fleeing teenAn Israeli human rights group released a video Sunday that purports to show a high-ranking Israeli officer fatally shooting a fleeing Palestinian teenager who had thrown a rock at his vehicle, smashing its windshield.

The surveillance camera footage appears to undercut earlier claims by the military that the officer, Col. Israel Shomer, a brigade commander, opened fire on July 3 because his life was in danger.

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'One of the largest human experiments in history' was conducted on unsuspecting residents of San Francisco

Human experiment in LASan Francisco's fog is famous, especially in the summer, when weather conditions combine to create the characteristic cooling blanket that sits over the Bay Area.

But one fact many may not know about San Francisco's fog is that in 1950, the US military conducted a test to see whether it could be used to help spread a biological weapon in a "simulated germ-warfare attack." This was just the start of many such tests around the country that would go on in secret for years.

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NY disability pride parade draws thousands marking milestone

Disability paradeNew York City hosted its first parade Sunday supporting people with disabilities, with more than 3,000 participants heading up Broadway using wheelchairs, canes and guide dogs.

"We're here full force," said rapper Namel Norris, 33, now in a wheelchair after being shot in the Bronx and paralyzed as a teenager. "I thought my life was over, but music is my calling, I have a purpose in life."

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NAACP votes to end South Carolina boycott following flag removal

NAACP votes to end SC boycottThe national board of directors of prominent U.S. civil rights group the NAACP voted on Saturday to end its 15-year boycott of South Carolina prompted by the display of the Confederate battle flag on state capitol grounds.

"Emergency resolution passed by the NAACP National Board of Directors at #NAACP106, ending the 15 year South Carolina boycott," the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said on its Twitter feed.

The resolution was approved during the NAACP's annual convention in Philadelphia.

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Israel releases Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan

Hunger striker released by IsraelIsrael has released a Palestinian prisoner who staged a 56-day hunger strike that brought him near death in a protest against the controversial procedure that allows detainees to be held indefinitely without charge.

Khader Adnan was greeted to a hero’s welcome in his village near Jenin, in the northern West Bank, that included fireworks, songs and flags for Islamic Jihad, the militant movement to which Israel says he belongs. Residents wore shirts depicting Adnan’s picture.

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How Starbucks Gets Away With Charging a Fortune for Cheap Beans

StarbucksMillions of groggy people this morning grubbed up an additional 5¢ to 20¢ for their Starbucks fix. No biggie. Most probably swiped or scanned and didn't even notice it.

But for Starbucks, those nickels and dimes add up–especially since it is paying less for the beans while ringing up higher-priced lattes.

The cost of coffee on commodity markets–the green, unroasted beans, or “berries,” that are stripped off the branch–has been swooning, thanks primarily to a lot of rain and high temperatures in Brazil.

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Islamic State's Afghanistan, Pakistan leader killed in U.S. drone strike

Dron strikeThe Islamic State's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the latest of a series of American air strikes on the militants, Afghan intelligence officials said.

Hafiz Saeed Khan, a former Taliban leader who pledged his allegiance to the IS last year, was killed in the strike Friday with 30 other insurgents in their compound in the Achin region in the country's eastern Nangarhar Province, said Asib Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security.

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Mexico: Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escapes prison through tunnel

Mexican drug lord escapesTop drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped through a 1.5-kilometer (1 mile) tunnel that opened into the shower area of his cell, Mexico’s top security official announced Sunday.

With the elaborate escape hatch built allegedly without the detection of authorities, Guzman has done what Mexican authorities promised would not happen after his re-capture last year – slipped out of a maximum security prison for the second time.

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