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Eurozone crisis: Portugal protests against austerity

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in protests across Portugal against government austerity measures. Huge crowds gathered in the capital Lisbon to demand the government resign.


Secret Conclave to elect new Pope

 Papal ConclaveDerived from the Latin phrase for something locked away "with a key," the papal conclave is one of the world's most secretive elections.


Moody's downgrades UK's government bond rating to Aa1 from Aaa; outlook is now stable

whitehall webLondon, 22 February 2013 -- Moody's Investors Service has today downgraded the domestic- and foreign-currency government bond ratings of the United Kingdom by one notch to Aa1 from Aaa. The outlook on the ratings is now stable.


Pope Benedict XVI delivers farewell message

In normal times, popes make their final exit from the Vatican in a coffin and - after a period of mourning - are laid to rest in the crypt of St Peter's Basilica as the great bells of the first church of Christendom boom out. But not Pope Benedict XVI. His nearly eight-year-long pontificate has ended not in death, but with a remarkable resignation.