Vatican Misspells Jesus’ Name on Papal Medal

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_c51946d664.jpgCatholic News Service (VATICAN CITY) -- Someone is going to be saying a “mea culpa.” A medal issued by the Vatican commemorating Pope Francis’ first year as the Bishop of Rome included a rather glaring spelling error, a typo of biblical proportions. Engraved with the Latin phrase that the pope says inspired him to join the priesthood as a young man, Italy’s state mint misspelled the name of Jesus, calling the son of God "Lesus" instead.

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Kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan Released

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_4dbc1624be.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was released on Thursday, hours after the government said he was kidnapped earlier in the day by gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli. The announcement of Zidan's release was made on state TV after assailants broke into the hotel where the prime minister lives and took the official and two bodyguards.  The guards were assaulted but later released.

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Russia Unhappy About Coalition Withdrawal from Afghanistan

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_861b5a5f7b.jpgHarold Cunningham/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Moscow is at odds again with Washington, this time over the planned withdrawal of virtually all U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by no later than the end of 2014. Interviewed on Russia Today television, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the coalition is making a big mistake in thinking that Afghanistan's military and police are prepared to handle the Taliban on their own.

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Syria Praised for Its Cooperation in Destroying Chemical Weapons

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_21b9b2a872.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (THE HAGUE, Netherlands) -- Barely a month after it seemed that the stalemate over Syria's chemical weapons would lead to a much wider war in the region, the head of an international watchdog group was praising Damascus for its help in ridding the country of the deadly arsenals. Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, told reporters in The Hague Wednesday, "The cooperation has been quite constructive, and I will say that the Syrian authorities have been cooperative."

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A Handful of Russians Own a Lion Share of Its Wealth

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_d5320548b4.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A mere 110 people own 35 percent of Russia's wealth, the Global Wealth Report by Credit Suisse released on Wednesday finds. Breaking that down further in the country of 139 million, there is one billionaire for every $11 billion in Russian household wealth.  Worldwide, there's a billionaire for every $170 billion in household wealth.

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