The smoke has cleared at the Vatican, so to speak, over the case of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg, Germany.
The high-flying bishop may have piety and celibacy down pat, but there’s also the tricky business of humility. He's now been suspended, pending further investigation of his lavish spending habits. Perhaps the $42 million renovation bill should have been a clue he was on the wrong path.
The BBC has a report.
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“You can’t see your own fingers in front of you.”
Harbin is one of many Chinese cities plagued by lethal levels of air pollution. This week, the city has been effectively closed for business, due to the intense smog.
For photojournalists, however, the haze has led to some eerie and beautiful images of a city where almost nothing can be seen, published in the Global Post.
Anders Kelto of PRI's The World examines the strange and moving history of the South African national anthem — which was a musical mashup of South Africa's apartheid past and its resistance movement. You can try your hand at creating anthems from mashups, by joining our Mashional Anthem contest. Just log onto PRI.org for details.
A vegetarian piranha and a purring monkey?
The International Business Times has the latest on the strange and marvelous animal oddities recently discovered in the Amazon rainforest. The World Wildlife Fund has been profiling some of the creatures recently uncovered.
China entrepreneur's dissident
“Remember: The first bird to take flight is the first to get shot.”
The New Yorker profiles Wang Gongquan, China’s unlikely new dissident, who is more at home with start-ups and social media than sit-ins.
What we're seeing on social
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Weather around the world
As the cartoon shows, Australia has been ravaged by wild fires in recent weeks. While Sydney is safe for now, as the Sydney Morning Herald reports, the fires continue to rage.