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March 5, 2019

Italian town shows zest for history with ‘Battle of the Oranges’ food fight

Ranta Images/iStock(LONDON) -- Italians in the northern town of Ivrea, near Turin, celebrated the carnival season with a historic local tradition dubbed "The Battle of the Oranges" over the weekend. The town-wide fruit fracas pays homage to a local legend dating back to the 12th century and symbolizes a revolt against the noblemen of the area by the commoners. The modern-day tradition uses hundreds of tons of oranges that would otherwise be discarded that are shipped from Sicily to the north for..
March 4, 2019

Islamic State use of human shields slows final assault on ISIS-held town in Syria

AbdukadirSavas/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The final assault on the last Islamic State enclave in Syria slowed down after the discovery that ISIS was using civilians as human shields. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander Mustafa Bali acknowledged the operational slowdown in a tweet, but reaffirmed that "the battle to retake the last ISIS holdout is going to be over soon." On Saturday, President Donald Trump reflected U.S. optimism that the ISIS-held town of Baghouz would be retaken quickly telling..
March 4, 2019

Vatican to open WWII archives of Pope Pius XII

Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis’ decision to open the secret archives of one of his predecessors means scholars will soon have new insights into a question that has vexed the Roman Catholic Church since World War II: What role did the Vatican play in the Holocaust? The Vatican maintained a policy of neutrality during World War II, and never denounced fascism. Jewish groups have long accused the church or turning a blind eye to atrocities committed a..
March 4, 2019

UK government pledges ‘action’ after two teenagers stabbed to death in one weekend

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The U.K. government has said it is "taking action on many fronts" to tackle knife crime after two teenagers were stabbed to death in separate incidents in England this weekend. Yousef Ghaleb Makki, 17, was violently killed in the village of Hale Barns, near Manchester, England, on Saturday evening, the Metropolitan Police confirmed to ABC News. This attack followed the death of another teenager, 17-year-old musician Jodie Chesney, in London on Friday night. Ch..