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Pope wants Catholic Church to serve the poor – Aljazeera.com

Pope Francis has said he wants “a poor Church, for the poor”, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church. He made his comments in an audience with journalists on Saturday, explaining why he chose to take the name Francis, after St Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity […]

First ‘alive’ liver transplants successful – Aljazeera.com

British surgeons said they have performed successful liver transplants on two patients using a revolutionary technique which keeps the organ warm and functioning while outside the body. The team, working at King’s College Hospital in London, said the procedure could significantly increase the number of organs available for transplantation. Donor organs are currently […]

Europe financial sector is fragile, says IMF – CNN

Europe financial sector is fragile, says IMF – CNN

Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, needs its banks — and those in the rest of the EU — to take further steps to repair balance sheets. Europe must do more to shore up its banks and take steps […]

IMF says Europe’s banking sector still fragile – Huffington Post

PARIS — Europe’s banks are still fragile and the European Union has a way to go to make them stable, the International Monetary Fund said Friday in its first assessment of the continent’s financial sector. The report said that, despite the progress made by the EU to repair its financial system, several challenges remain: banks […]

Other Europeans Balk at Bid by Britain and France to Arm Syria’s Rebels – New York Times

Germany, Austria and other countries pushed back hard against a French-British effort to lift a weapons embargo on Syria to allow the arming of the rebels — who say they desperately need antiaircraft and other sophisticated weapons to turn the tide of a war that has killed more than 70,000 people. After a two-day European […]

No Decision on Bee-Harming Pesticides in Europe – New York Times

The proposal was based on a recent report from the European Food Safety Authority recommending that no pesticide containing chemicals known as neonicotinoids be used on crops that are attractive to honeybees, because of the risk that the insects would be poisoned. Frédéric Vincent, a spokesman for the European Commission, said that for the moment […]

From Athens to London: Europe Under Austerity – Huffington Post UK (blog)

On Saturday morning, I’m meeting Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the Greek Opposition and head of the left-wing Syriza coalition. We will be talking about the spectre that’s haunting Europe: austerity. On Wednesday, the TUC held a rally in Westminster calling on George Osborne to use his Budget next week to change course and provide […]

Europe Conflicted on Whether to Arm Syrian Insurgents – New York Times

At a European Union summit meeting here in Brussels, a number of European leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and the bloc’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, expressed doubt about the wisdom of lifting the arms embargo. The division highlighted the difficulties Europe has in speaking with a single voice on international issues, particularly […]

Europe financial sector is fragile, says IMF – CNNMoney

Europe financial sector is fragile, says IMF – CNNMoney

Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital, needs its banks — and those in the rest of the EU — to take further steps to repair balance sheets. Europe must do more to shore up its banks and take steps […]

Europe Vote on Bee-Harming Pesticides Is Inconclusive – New York Times

PARIS — When it comes to bees, Brussels wants to think things over a bit longer. A proposed measure to restrict the use of pesticides that have been implicated in bee die-offs around the world was left in limbo on Friday, after representatives from Britain and Germany, two of the largest E.U. members, abstained from […]