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Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

World
The embroidered banner-portraits of the seven people Pope Francis will proclaim saints already hang on the façade of Saint Peter’s Basilica ahead of the solemn ceremony Sunday. The new tombstone and mosaic portrait of one of them, Pope Paul VI, the somber, timid pope of the turbulent 60s, is already in place in the crypt of St. Peter’s with his title changed from “Beatus” (blessed) to “Sanctus” (saint) above his name. Among those who will be canonized Sunday with Pope Paul are four religious figures: Mother Catherine Kasper, the German founder of a religious congregation; Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa, the Spanish founder of another order; and two Italian priests, Father Francesco Spinelli and Father Vincenzo Romano. Added to the list in July...
Study identifies genetic mutations among children of soldiers exposed to radiation

Study identifies genetic mutations among children of soldiers exposed to radiation

Science
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified a pattern of genetic mutation among the children of soldiers exposed to radar. Prior to the 1990s, most radar systems were poorly insulated. Those operating and working in close proximity to the systems were regularly exposed to the unconfined radiation. Today, the radiation emitted by radar systems is well-contained and soldiers are better protected. However, some soldiers exposed to radiation in the 1970s and 1980s -- so-called "radar soldiers" -- have experienced health problems after leaving the service. New research suggests the effects of radiation also explain genetic mutations among the children of radar soldiers. Families affected by radiation exposure have raised concerns about radiation's generation impacts, but until now, the science ...
Child among three Palestinians killed in Gaza protests

Child among three Palestinians killed in Gaza protests

World
Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Three Palestinians, including one child, died Friday during regular weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border, the Gaza Ministry of Health said. Israel Defense Forces said a "mob" of about 20,000 Gazans were burning tires, throwing bombs and grenades, and attempting to break through the border fence. The IDF accused 10 "armed terrorists" of breaching the fence before being stopped. "In response, an IDF aircraft carried out two strikes in Gaza," the IDF said. Israel's Haaretz reported that among the three Palestinians killed was a boy. Gaza's Health Ministry identified the dead as Faras Assarsawei, 12, Mahmud Abu Sma'an, 24, and Hussein Fathi Arkab, 28. Another 376 were injured from live bullets, rubber-coated steel rounds or tear gas. Palestinian news agency WAFA said seve...
12 children among 42 dead in weapons depot blast

12 children among 42 dead in weapons depot blast

World
An explosion at a weapons depot in Syria has killed at least 39 civilians including a dozen children, a monitoring group has said. Three militants were also killed, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).Rescue workers used bulldozers to remove rubble and get people out of two damaged buildings.Five people were pulled out alive.One of the buildings was scorched black after a fire followed the explosion.White Helmet rescue workers attempted to lift part of the floor of one of the buildings with a crane.SOHR said the weapons depot was housed in a residential building in the northwestern town of Sarmada, in Idlib province.Its head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the cause of the blast was "not yet clear", and that most of those killed were family ...
UK among worst for life expectancy rises

UK among worst for life expectancy rises

Health
Increases in life expectancy in the UK have stalled and the slowdown is one of the biggest among 20 of the world's leading economies, ONS data shows.Rises in life expectancy dropped from 12.9 weeks per year for women from 2006 to 2011 to 1.2 weeks per year from 2011 to 2016, its report found.This increase in life expectancy for women was the lowest of the 20 nations, while for men only the US was worse.There was also a slowdown in other countries across Europe and Australia. Sorry, your browser cannot display this map Throughout the 20th Century, the UK experienced steady improvements in life expectancy at birth.This has been attributed to healthier habits among the population as it ages, such as reduce...