Iceland's government is drafting plans to ban pornography online and in print. Supporters say it's an attempt to shield children. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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As Pope Benedict XVI Exits, Catholic Church Faces An Identity Crisis

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French workers burn tires outside the Goodyear tire factory in Amiens, France, on Tuesday, after Titan CEO Maurice Taylor criticized French workers in a letter addressed to Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg. Eleanor Beardsley /NPR hide caption

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U.S. Boss Offers Blunt Critique; French Workers Give Fiery Response

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Benedict XVI Leaves The Vatican, Headed To Retirement

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In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message during his farewell meeting to cardinals Thursday. Benedict promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor. AP hide caption

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Pope Benedict Leaves A Church Mired In Crises

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Pope Benedict XVI Will Have To Give Up Red Shoes, Shoulder Cape

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How Italy's Election Stalemate Is Playing Out On The Streets

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Germans Are Drinking Less Beer These Days, But Why?

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The Five Star Movement's Beppe Grillo is shown on TV Monday at the Democratic Party press center in Rome. The prospect of political paralysis hung over Italy as election results showed the upstart protest campaign making stunning inroads, and mainstream forces of center-left and center-right wrestling for control of Parliament's two houses. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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With Election Results Split, Political Gridlock Looms In Italy

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'Time Is Ripe' For U.S. To Support Syrian Opposition

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EU Agriculture Ministers Address Horse Meat Scandal

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The resignation of Celestine in 1294 provided the spiritual and legal groundwork for Benedict, shown at the Santa Maria di Collemaggio Basilica in 2009. AP/L'Osservsatore Romano hide caption

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The Hermit Pope Who Set The Precedent For Benedict XVI

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Workers open ballots in a polling station in Rome on Tuesday following Italy's general elections. The initial results showed a close race with no clear-cut winner, a development that made financial markets jumpy. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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