Ugandan president signs antigay bill
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed an antigay bill that punishes gay sex with up to life in prison, a measure likely to send Uganda's beleaguered gay community further underground. Museveni defied pressure from the United States and other Western nations, saying the bill was needed because the West is promoting homosexuality in Africa. Nigeria's president similarly signed an antigay bill into law just over a month ago.
Pope orders fiscal changes at Vatican
Pope Francis announced a major restructuring of the Vatican's outdated administrative and economic bureaucracy on Monday. He established a new agency to oversee budgets and financial planning, and also created a powerful auditor-general to guard against fiscal mismanagement. The changes are the latest example of how Francis is moving to confront management problems inside the Vatican. He has begun shuffling personnel while also speaking out against careerism in the Roman Catholic Church, especially inside the Vatican.
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Age in years of the oldest known material on Earth, a tiny bit of zircon crystal that has remained intact, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The crystal is the size of a small grain of sand and was discovered on a remote sheep farm in western Australia.