Pope gives tough love to Mexico’s political, church elite

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pope Francis challenged Mexico’s political and ecclesial elites on Saturday to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption that are wracking the country, delivering a tough-love message to Mexico’s ruling classes on his first full day …

Paris gets first meat vending machine – Telegraph

Steaks, sausages and ham are now available 24 hours a day from a dispenser installed outside a butcher’s shop Parisians seized with a sudden hunger for red meat can now buy steaks or sausages at any time of day or night from the capital’s first automatic raw meat vending machine. …

Tibet’s Epidemic of Suicides by Fire | New Republic

How self-immolation threatens the Chinese government. February 27, 2009, was the third day of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It was also the day that self-immolation came to Tibet. The authorities had just cancelled a Great Prayer Festival (Monlam) to commemorate the victims of the government crackdown in 2008. A …

Damned if you do | The Economist

Governments should stop building dams on the mother of rivers THE greatest of all South-East Asia’s waterways and the world’s 12th-longest river, the Mekong, is a natural wonder that ties together the destinies of half a dozen countries. Born from snowmelt at over 17,000 feet (5,200 metres), it bolts off …

Indonesia warns messaging apps to drop same-sex emoticons

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo to protect gay and lesbian rights, a day after his government told instant messaging apps to remove stickers featuring same-sex couples in the latest high-profile attempt to discourage visible homosexuality in the socially conservative country. In …