Vatican City

Pope predicts a brief tenure

Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election by predicting that he won't be pope for long. "I have the sensation that my pontificate will be brief: four or five years," Francis said in an interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa. "I don't know. Or two or three. Well, two have already passed!" Francis said he misses his freedom. "The only thing I'd like to do is to be able to go out one day without anyone recognizing me and go get a pizza," he said.


Muslim teachers can cover heads

Germany's constitutional court ruled that female Muslim teachers may wear headscarves in school. The 6-2 ruling from the constitutional court in Karlsruhe stipulated that teachers may wear the headscarf so long as it does not cause disruption in the school. Several politicians and legal experts welcomed the ruling as an advance for religious and individual freedom.

South Korea

North Korea fires seven missiles

North Korea fired seven surface-to-air missiles into waters off its east coast, South Korean officials said, in the country's latest missile test coinciding with joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. The missiles landed in the sea after flying about 125 miles, said a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry.


Fraternity alumni hire lawyer

An attorney hired by alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma said the actions of some student members caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but members still have rights that must be protected. Attorney Stephen Jones said he was retained to ensure that members' due process rights are protected from actions by the university.


Girls will be prosecuted as adults

Two Waukesha girls accused of attempted homicide in the stabbing of a classmate will continue to be prosecuted as adults, a Waukesha County judge ruled. Attorneys for Morgan Geyser, 12, and Anissa Weier, 13, requested that the charges in adult court be dropped and refiled as a lesser offense in juvenile court.


Lawsuits filed in school shooting

Nine parents of children and educators who died in the Dec. 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have filed lawsuits seeking to collect on Nancy Lanza's homeowner's insurance. She is believed to have had insurance on her Newtown home worth more than $1 million. Lanza, the mother of Adam Lanza, was shot dead by her son before he killed 20 first-graders, six educators and himself at the school.

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