A nasty fall during his visit to Mexico last year may have contributed to Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.  The pontiff banged his head on a sink in the middle of the night and was alarmed when he woke up later in the morning with blood on his hair and pillow.

A Nike ad featuring Oscar Pistorius and the tagline “I am bullet in the chamber” has been removed from his website.  The Paralympics athlete is under arrest and due to be formally charged with the shooting with of his girlfriend and noted fashion model Reeva Steenkamp.

A new report says more Ultrasound tests detected Thyroid abnormalities in more than 44 percent of children examined.  This comes just weeks shy of the two year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster will followed the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The Melbourne man found hanged in his Israeli jail cell in 2010 may have been planning to cross his Mossad employers and expose the Israeli Spy Agency’s improper use of Australian passports, according to new reports, but was arrested before he got the chance.

On Valentine’s Day and the day activists around the world are protesting Violence Against Women, authorities are charging a disabled Olympic hero with the murder of his model girlfriend in a domestic dispute.  And police are knocking down earlier reports that Oscar Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner”, tragically mistook Reena Steenkamp for a burglar.

Startling environmental news from the Arctic Circle.  The European Space Agency’s Cryosat is confirming the rapid reduction of sea-ice cover at our planet’s northernmost climes:  Much faster than climate scientists had earlier predicted.

73-year old Walter Unbehaun wasn’t making it away from the only home he’s known for the majority of his adult life.  So he robbed a bank in a suburb of Chicago, in hopes of being sent back to prison.  Looks like he’ll get his wish.

In a constantly moving city of 8 million people, it only takes a stubborn old nag to jam-up everything.  So the mayor of Bogotá, Colombia wants to drive his city into the 21st century by helping the remaining horse-cart owners to switch over to cars or trucks.

An unemployed man in Nantes in western France poured petrol over himself and set it alight in protest of having his benefits claim denied.  Rescuers were unable to save the 43-year old man’s life.

For the first time in months, a United Nations Special Envoy Team carried out a field visit to war-torn Syria.  The UN representatives met with the rebel Revolutionary Military Council as well as civilian and Christian leaders at a location north of Damascus.

Israel’s Justice Ministry is confirming that it imprisoned an Australian-Israeli man known as “Prisoner X” for security reasons, and that he died in custody. The ministry claims that Prisoner X was held under a legal warrant and his rights were retained, even though he was found hanged in his jail cell in 2010. 

Bail is set at $2 Million for a young man accused of attacking Japanese tourists in Guam with his car and a knife.  Two women were stabbed to death and 11 people are recovering from various injuries.

A Southern California sheriff is denying claims that deputies deliberately set the fire that burned down a cabin in which suspected spree killer and ex-cop Chris Dorner was holed up inside.  Despite those denials, several journalists overheard police radio transmission with the orders to burn down the cabin.

Organizers hope One Billion People will take part in marches staged around the world on Valentine’s Day to raise their voices against violence on women.  The One Billion Rising campaign is especially poignant in India, where many women still feel a deep sense of outrage following the December 15th gang rape and murder of a young woman in Dehli.  That city has a full day of events planned.

Indian musician Anoushka Shankar has followed in her father’s path bringing awareness of the Sitar and Indian Music to a global audience.  But she’s sharing a secret from her childhood to support growing awareness of violence against women.

Stateless?  Or just tired of your current war-torn country?  Or maybe you just want to hide everything from the taxman?  If you have more than $100,000 in cash burning a hole in your pocket, there are some far away tropical islands beckoning.

Elderly and disabled passengers are said to be struggling aboard the “Carnival Triumph” cruise ship as the powerless liner is towed to port in Mobile, Alabama from the Caribbean Sea.  Fire knocked out its engine room, and with it the ship’s sanitation system.  Passengers say raw sewage is leaking from the walls.

The survivors of a Dutch programmer is suing Facebook for allegedly infringing on patents established long before anyone ever clicked on the mega-giant social network.  They say Facebook’s “like” and “share” functions are not original.   The family is seeking damages, plus interest, plus court costs.

A 30-year old New Zealand mother of eight is dead because of her addiction to Coke.  Not the illegal kind.  Coke, as in Coca-Cola, whose parent corporation is disputing the report from the coroner. 

American Liberals were quite upset when a right-wing Congressman invited former rock star Ted Nugent as his personal guest to view President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  But they got the last laugh as the notorious homophobe squirmed in his seat next to an equally outspoken Liberal LGBT activist.

10 Civilians are dead in a NATO airstrike that apparently missed its target of Taliban Commanders in Afghanistan’s Kunar province along the mountainous border along with Pakistan.  Women and Children are among the dea