The new hand of God

Newly elected Pope Francis I greets the crowd in Rome Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

After a surprisingly short conclave, the cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina to be the next Pope, bishop of Rome and leader of catholics across the world. He inherits a mountains of problems for his church, but will the 76 year old will have the strength and more importantly will, to alter his church for the better.

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The death of a small giant

Hugo Chavez at his last rally

He was hated, he was loved, a charismatic and controversial actor on the world stage has passed away.

It was not a coup, unpopularity or the West that should prove to be the end of Chavez, but cancer. Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan vice president brought his nation and the world the news on a press conferance ealier tonight, clearly moved.

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