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Pope Francis today issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him while delivering a Christmas message to cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Holy See. Rather than offering a traditional good-willed festive greeting, the pontiff described how some of those under him lust for power at all costs and lead hypocritical double-lives He suggested others suffer from ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’ and forget they’re supposed to be joyful men of God – while offering a sobering catalog of the...

An entrepreneurial 11-year-old girl had her business dreams dashed after local council staff forced her to shut down her lemonade stall. The child, who has not been named, whipped up a delicious range of treats to sell near her house but someone reported her to the red-tape enforcers at Bunbury City Council, in Western Australia, The West Australian reports. Lemon meringue pie, lemon butter cupcakes and fresh organic lemonade were all on offer from ‘11am until sold out’ on 19 December, said the girl in a handwritten poster. Her outraged...

A tiny disc planted under the skin could offer a revolutionary rheumatoid arthritis treatment and reduce crippling joint pain. The device, the size of a 50p coin, modifies signals from the body’s nervous system to reduce inflammation caused by the auto-immune disease. Early trials are said to have changed the lives of patients who were virtually immobilised by pain. Implants due to be inserted into the vagus nerve: 20 volunteers had a unit implanted in the chest below the collar bone. A wire runs from the unit to the...

Earth’s true colour has been revealed in amazing detail by a Japanese weather satellite. From a distance of 22,240 miles (35,790km), the satellite shows what our planet looks like before any filters or image enhancements are made to the shot. And the incredibly high resolution image also highlights stunning details on Earth including clouds, oceans and Australia’s vast desert. The Japan Meteorological Agency’s Himawari-8 satellite has returned its first true colour image of Earth, seen here. It wascaptured using all 16...

The daughter of Eric Garner, whose chokehold death at the hands of a cop sparked mass protests against the NYPD, offered her support today for the family of two murdered officers. Emerald Snipes, 22, laid a wreath at the site where a cop-hunting gunman killed Officers Rafael Ramos and Weinjen Liu, and said she knows how it feels to spend the holidays without a father. ‘I just had to come out and let their family know that we stand with them, and I’m going to send my prayers and condolences to all the families who are suffering...

Living like country royalty comes with a hefty price tag. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are a power country couple and real estate tycoons. According to Zillow, just last year, they sold a part of their $20 million 753-acre estate outside of Nashville, but they are now selling the remaining 623 acres as two properties for $18.5 million. The larger 353 acre part comes with a log home from 1800. For $10 million, it has 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, a 12-stall barn and a guest house. PHOTOS: Country Stars’ Best Styles Then and Now The lesser...

It’s been 12 years since Mike Myers played Dr. Evil in Austin Powers: Goldmember, and now Saturday Night Live brought him back for acontroversial topic. Just this past week, Sony decided not to release The Interview after hackers leaked corporate e-mails, unreleased films and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it. Many celebrities reacted in outrage and said that Sony’s decision was a violation of freedom of speech and the right to creative expression. On last night’s episode,...

The Interview will eventually be released – but Sony doesn’t know how just yet. Sony lawyer David Boies (pictured above) went on Meet the Press Sunday morning to discuss Sony’s decision to pull the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy out of theaters. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed,” he said. “It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed.” Sony delayed the release of The Interview, which was set to open...

The year 2014 was really good to us when it came to hot guys. Back in April, Pharrell Williams was on the cover of GQ, looking so dapper, adorable, and chic. Justin Theroux’s interview with Details was great, especially because he was all brooding and shirtless. And let’s not forget Liam Hemsworth’s spread in Men’s Health, which proved to us looking hot in a tank top is very, very important. But wait, there’s more! Keep reading to see more hot pictures of male celebrities from 2014, and which month of this...

Though her third studio album The Pinkprint was released this past week, Nicki Minaj is currently focused on her personal life — fitting, because The Pinkprint is supposedly inspired by her recent breakup from longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels. The rapper, 32, and her ex got into a heated Twitter battle on Saturday, Dec. 20, but the precise cause of the public feud is still unknown. The “Anaconda” emcee started the online war, writing, “Even when I try to protect ppl, they still try to take advantage of me. Haven’t...