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Malaysian PM: Government May Release MH370 Report Next Week

Time - 7 hours 35 min ago

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told CNN Thursday that Malaysian officials may release a preliminary report on the disappearance of Flight MH370 next week.

“I have directed an internal investigation team of experts to look at the report, and there is a likelihood that next week we could release the report,” Najib said in an interview.

CNN says Malaysia’s report has already been sent to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations body for global aviation. However, it has not yet been made publicly available.

Malaysian and Australian officials are continuing to plan a long-term strategy to find the missing plane, which could continue for months or years. A U.S.-made Bluefin-21 submarine has been searching the southern Indian Ocean for the plane, but has not discovered a solid lead.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared in early March with 227 people on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


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Beyoncé Wants You to Tell the World What ‘Pretty’ Means

Time - 7 hours 45 min ago

Beyoncé is pretty great at inspiring people to start hashtags —just think #serfbort and #iwokeuplikethis — but with the announcement today of her inclusion in this year’s TIME 100 and the exclusive premiere of the official video for “Pretty Hurts” on, she’s decided to mint her very own. The superstar is asking fans to define the word pretty by posting photos that represent what the word means to them using the hashtag #WhatIsPretty.

Check out a few choice submissions below (if you like selfies and Beyoncé photos, you’re in luck).

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Third Hobbit Movie Officially Named Battle of the Five Armies

Time - 7 hours 46 min ago

Peter Jackson announced on Facebook Thursday that the third and final installment of the Hobbit films will be entitled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

In choosing the new name, the Lord of the Rings director of the Lord of the Rings is completely eschewing author J.R.R. Tolkien’s original name for his fantasy book, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. Jackson split Tolkien’s book into three films, with the first titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the second The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The studio has been referring to the third film as There and Back Again until now.

Jackson explained the name change in his Facebook post:

“There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug.”

An Unexpected Journey grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, but The Desolation of Smaug only brought in a little over $950 million, according to Box Office Mojo. Though the returns were huge for both movies, the franchise still saw a decline this past holiday season. Perhaps Jackson and Warner Bros. (one of the studios behind the Bilbo Baggins epic) hope that the grander name The Battle of the Five Armies will do better at the box office.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is set to release in December of next year.

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London School Says Students Abused By U.S. Teacher

Time - 7 hours 48 min ago

(LONDON) — A British private school said Thursday that images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month.

The FBI has asked for international help to find victims of William Vahey, who worked at 10 international schools around the world over four decades.

Graham Lacey, executive principal of the Southbank International School in London, where Vahey taught history and geography between 2009 and 2013, said staff learned of the images Thursday.

“As a staff, we feel upset, angry and betrayed,” Lacey wrote in a letter to parents. “We can only imagine what you as parents must feel.”

Vahey, 64, committed suicide March 21 in Luverne, Minnesota, two days after U.S. agents filed for a warrant to search his computer thumb drive.

The FBI said the device contained pornographic images of at least 90 boys, aged 12 to 14, who appeared to be drugged and unconscious.

In a statement, the FBI said Vahey had confessed to an administrator at his most recent school “that he was molested as a child and had preyed on boys his entire life, giving them sleeping pills prior to the molestation.”

The FBI said the photos dated from 2008 or after, but that Vahey may have abused children for decades.

The agency said Vahey was jailed for child molestation in California in 1969. Lacey said Vahey had undergone a criminal records check before he began working in London, but that it hadn’t found anything of concern.

British police said they had searched a London property in connection with the case and were working to identify and support potential victims.

Vahey had residences in London and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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Why Steve McQueen Is One of the TIME 100

Time - 7 hours 56 min ago

To a half-century of moviegoers and TV fans, the name Steve McQueen meant a terse cowboy with squinty blue eyes. He starred in The Magnificent Seven and Bullitt, loved racing motorcycles and fast cars and died of cancer at 50, in 1980.

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Then, in 2008, came Hunger, the spare, scalding film biography of IRA volunteer Bobby Sands, who starved himself to death in protest against his British captors. Festival and art-house audiences took admiring notice of the fiercely disciplined central performance by Michael Fassbender, and of the film’s director, an Englishman of Grenadian descent. Viewers had to do a little brain shift and realize he had the same name as the old movie star. Now there was a new Steve McQueen. That Steve McQueen.

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The record is mute on whether our Steve McQueen, growing up in the London suburb of Ealing, experienced any recriminations, advantages or confusion over the coincidence of names. But he did have challenges in pursuing his calling. At 13, dyslectic and wearing a patch over his amblyopic “lazy eye,” he was shunted into a class for manual laborers. Securing a spot at NYU’s film school, which had trained Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Joel Coen, Vince Gilligan, Ang Lee, Spike Lee and many other worthies, McQueen got reprimanded by his professors — “They wouldn’t let you throw the camera up in the air,” he recalled — and soon split. Even after he won acclaim as a visual artist, his father kept urging him to get a proper job.

(READ: Oscar-winner Lupita Nyongo’s tribute to TIME 100 honoree Steve McQueen)

All his life, McQueen, 44, has been teaching his teachers — and as a filmmaker his audiences — to see his dark, stark, sensuous vision of humanity. That artistic persistence paid off two months ago, when, with 12 Years a Slave, he became the first black director to win the Oscar for Best Picture. What’s more impressive is that he achieved mainstream acclaim while working boldly and resolutely in the backwater of high culture’s visual arts.

He first attracted attention with his 10-min. silent film Bear (1993), in which he and another nude black man circle each other with menacing or erotic intent. The 1995 Five Easy Pieces shows a woman walking across a tightrope — in his words, “the perfect image of a combination of vulnerability and strength.” Deadpan (1997) reconstructs the famous scene from Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr.: the façade of a house falls on a man who isn’t hurt because an upper-story window is open. These studies of the body in motion or at rest earned McQueen the Turner Prize, Britain’s most prominent art award, for the “poetry and clarity of his vision, the range of his work, its emotional intensity and economy of means.” This was 1999, and he was 30.

(READ: Jessica Winter on Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen)

Nearly another decade passed before Hunger, McQueen’s first feature film, premiered at Cannes. Fassbender vaulted quickly to prominence, starring in Inglourious Basterds, Jane Eyre and X-Men: First Class, but always was available for films directed by his friend. In the 2011 film Shame, McQueen and Fassbender offered a vividly clinical depiction of satyriasis, as a Manhattan office-worker cruises the streets, bars and subways for new conquests that never fulfill him. Filmed in elegant, unrelenting long takes with very few traditional reaction shots, Shame has plenty of hot action but a frosty, distant tone, like pornographic activity on Earth as photographed from a space shuttle. Like Bear and Hunger, the movie reveals McQueen as a prime poet of the body, and the soul, in distress: from starvation or sexual misuse, or from the institutional sadism of slavery.

(READ: Corliss on Steve McQueen’s Shame)

Based on the 1854 memoir of free black man Solomon Northrup, 12 Years a Slave is a Holocaust film set on American soil, and a brutal rebuttal to the Confederate romance of Gone with the Wind. The plantation elite here do not confide intimacies to their slaves, and occasionally take orders from them, as Vivien Leigh did from Hattie McDaniel. Instead, they poke and stroke the bodies of their chattel; shy a heavy glass decanter at a slave girl’s head; and leave Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to be hanged in the front yard as the other slaves tend meekly and carefully to their chores. In an episode as grueling as the scourging in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Master Epps (Fassbender) applies dozens of lash whips to the scarred body of favorite mistress (Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o) and orders Solomon to do the same.

Other antislavery films reveled in the white man’s inhumanity to people he thought less than human; 12 Years a Slave made the spectator feel the sting of each indignity. To McQueen, it was a matter of finding new aspects in familiar territory. “I was just interested in telling the truth by visualizing it,” he told Decca Aitkenhead of The Guardian. “I mean, some images have never been seen before. I needed to see them. It’s very important. I think that’s why cinema’s so powerful.”

(READ: The unflinching vision of 12 Years a Slave)

This searing epic, shot in just 35 days for about $20 million, grossed nearly $180 million worldwide and earned McQueen, as one of the film’s producers, an Oscar for Best Picture. (Alfonso Cuarón received the Director prize, for Gravity.) And this wasn’t the usual case of a director of radical independent films softening his vision for mass consumption, as David Lynch did on the road from Eraserhead to The Elephant Man, or Darren Aronofsky from Pi to Black Swan. McQueen’s approach was as harsh and uncompromising here as in any of his short films or earlier features. He didn’t go Hollywood. Hollywood, and the world, went to him.

With luscious, remorseless artistry, he has taught us to see things his unique way. And now our Steve McQueen is the Steve McQueen.

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You Will Never Know Joy Like This Adorable Little Kid at a Hockey Game

Time - 8 hours 3 min ago

Hockey player Jordin Tootoo failed to make the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff roster and was recently sent to the team’s AHL affiliate, but he seems to be maintaining a pretty good attitude nonetheless.

While walking to the locker room during a recent game, Tootoo spotted a young fan and completely made the kid’s night (or week, or probably his entire life) by letting him keep his hockey stick. Seriously, has anyone else ever known euphoria like this?

Meanwhile, though, another young fan (who you’ll notice in the top right corner of the video) is just looking for a high-five, and Tootoo totally leaves him hanging. That boy’s complete and utter despair kind of cancels out this other kid’s unadulterated joy, reminding us once again that the world is a dark place and life is ultimately pointless and nothing really matters. Bye.

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Katy Perry Is Dressin’ Up for “Birthday” Video, For Better or For Worse

Time - 8 hours 3 min ago

It’s hard out there for pop stars making videos this week. On Tuesday, a sneak peek of a Katy Perry’s “Birthday” video drew criticism for its stereotypical portrayal of a bar mitzvah DJ, and today Avril Lavigne is fighting off accusations that her wacky “Hello Kitty” video was totally racist.

On the Perry front: the full video for “Birthday” premiered today, and it does little to quell concerns. As expected, it features a supposedly incognito Perry crashing birthday parties as five different costumed characters (Halloween pro tip: Jewish people aren’t costumes), and together they leave behind a trail of chaos, crying children, car accidents and… animal poop. As with any Perry video, there’s a lot going on, but the faux-hidden camera hijinks here distract from the fact that “Birthday” is actually one of the better tracks on Prism, her disappointing follow-up to the confectionary perfection of 2010′s Teenage Dream.

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Saudi Arabia Reports 4 More MERS Deaths

Time - 8 hours 7 min ago

Saudi Arabia has reported four new deaths and 36 more infections within the last day from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Associated Press reports.

Among the newly infected is a 65-year-old Turkish pilgrim in Mecca, one of two cities where millions of Muslims from across the world will gather later this year for the Hajj, an annual Islamic ritual. Some health experts are concerned the gatherings will exacerbate MERS’ rapid spread to other countries.

Saudi Arabia has seen a spike in MERS infections in recent weeks, with many health workers among the sick and the dead. The Saudi Health Ministry says there have now been 297 cases and 85 deaths related to the virus since it first appeared in the country two years ago.

MERS is in the same family of viruses as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and the common cold. MERS has no vaccine or treatment. It’s unclear how the virus is being transmitted, though some scientists theorize that the virus may have spread from camels. The virus does not spread as quickly as SARS. It’s possible MERS will die out on its own, though some are worried it could mutate into a more easily-spreadable disease.


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'Orange Is the New Black' Releases First Scene From Season Two

RollingStone - 8 hours 12 min ago
Netflix has bestowed upon fans the first scene of Season Two of Orange Is the New Black (via Entertainment Weekly) offering fans a short but exciting look at what's in store for Piper Chapman ahead of the show's June 6th return 'Orange Is the New Black' and 14 More Shows We Can't...

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Deadmau5 Replies to Arcade Fire's Anti-EDM Jab: 'What's Your Problem?'

RollingStone - 8 hours 33 min ago
During Arcade Fire's Coachella's headlining set on the fest's first weekend frontman Win Butler made a remark that has rankled Deadmau5 "Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival" he said Now the DJ has fired back at Butler with a series of tweets The Unforgettable...

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VICE Journalist Released by Separatist Captors in Ukraine

Time - 8 hours 43 min ago

An American journalist for VICE News detained by separatists in eastern Ukraine has been released and is in good health, the outlet confirmed on its website Thursday.

Simon Ostrovsky and four other journalists, including TIME’s Berlin Correspondent Simon Shuster, were detained Monday evening by Pro-Russia separatist militia, in an incident that highlighted the increasing threat to journalists working in the region. The other four were released after about an hour, but New York-based Ostrovsky was held because he was “suspected of bad activities,” said Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the militia in the separatist-held town of Slavyansk.

The journalists—including Ostrovsky, Shuster, a Ukrainian photographer, a British photojournalist, and a Russian photographer—were traveling in a car in Slavyansk when they were stopped at a separatist checkpoint.

The full statement from VICE News:

VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time.

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Facebook Rolls Out a New Plan To Crush Twitter

Time - 8 hours 46 min ago

Facebook announced a new service Thursday designed to make it the primary social media resource for journalists covering breaking news, a direct shot across the bow at Twitter.

FB Newswire is a tool accessible via Facebook that features an updated stream of newsworthy and embeddable public content. This includes photos, videos, and status updates about categories ranging from hard news to lifestyle to celebrity to sports. Journalists can grab that content to use it in their own stories across the web.

Newswire is powered by Storyful, bought by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp for $25 million in 2013, which promised users that it will be vetting all of the content it is providing.

Thus far, FB Newswire has provided content on stories ranging from Kim Kardashian’s views on the Armenian massacre:

Khloe Kardashian comments on anniversary of Armenia massacre…
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To Obama taking pictures with a robot:

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Twitter, one of Facebook’s primary competitors, has come to be known as a major breaking news resource for the media. It has built that news-friendly model with strategic hires and tool integration.

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This Is the World’s Most Accurate Depiction of IKEA

Time - 8 hours 48 min ago

If you’ve ever set foot inside an IKEA, then you know that this is a spot-on representation of the store’s layout:


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Youth Vote Key In India’s Marathon Elections

Time - 8 hours 50 min ago

Photographs by Sumit Dayal for TIME

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U.N. Security Council Expresses ‘Horror’ at South Sudan Massacre

Time - 8 hours 53 min ago

(NAIROBI, Kenya) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed “horror” at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe.

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The strongly worded Security Council statement deplored the killings last week in Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state, as well as the use of radio broadcasts to “foment hate and sexual violence.” It said council members may be willing to impose sanctions if attacks on civilians continue.

“The world’s newest state is clearly on a precipice,” said U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, who demanded that the nation’s leaders end the violence. “Failure to take bold action now very well could push South Sudan into a cycle of retaliatory ethnic killing, a deepening civil war, and an even more devastating humanitarian catastrophe.”

The condemnations come about 10 days after rebel fighters from the Nuer ethnic group took control of Bentiu and slaughtered non-Nuer civilians in the town mosque, the hospital and on streets, leaving “piles and piles” of bodies, according to the U.N.’s top aid official in the country.

Melker Mabeck, the outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in South Sudan, called the conflict’s ethnic component worrying.

“Because it can reach a point where the political efforts that we hope make progress might be overrun by these kinds of dynamics, so that even if a political solution is found the rifts between the different ethnic groups is too wide to bridge,” he said.

President Salva Kiir fired the country’s top military officer, Chief of Staff Gen. James Hoth Mai, further isolating the Nuer group politically. Mai is Nuer and his command position, which he held since 2009, was frequently cited as an example of the ethnic diversity of the government led by Kiir, an ethnic Dinka.

Mai’s removal further freezes a powerful minority out of top government positions, said Casie Copeland, a South Sudan analyst for the International Crisis Group.

“The move will make many Nuer who remain with the government nervous,” she said.

Kiir also relieved his director of military intelligence, a Nuer, following his testimony at a recent treason trial that appeared to politicize the army, said Copeland. The newly named replacements are Dinka, like the president, she said.

Col. Philip Aguer, South Sudan’s military spokesman, noted that chiefs of staff are posts not for life, and that the military implements the president’s decisions. It is only the second change in the top military position since 2005, Aguer said.

A spokesman for the rebels, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, said the firing of Mai and the director of military intelligence “marks the beginning of an imminent bloodbath, escalation and regionalization of the conflict.”

“Kiir has finally unplugged the last safety valve and glue that had partially kept together his faltering regime in the last four months,” Koang said.

Aguer reported battles in Jonglei state on Wednesday around the town of Renk, which he said is in the military’s control. The rebels say they now control Renk. It was impossible to immediately reconcile the accounts.

The situation in Bentiu remains calm but the city is in rebel control, he said.

Violence has been raging in South Sudan since mid-December, when Kiir accused Machar of leading a coup. About 1 million people have fled their homes and an unknown number have been killed. Most estimates are in the thousands.

“Who knows how many are killed? Nobody knows,” Mabeck said in an Associated Press interview Thursday in Geneva, where he was briefing Red Cross officials. “I think it’s likely to get worse before it gets any better,” he said.

South Sudan became the world’s newest country in 2011 when it cleaved off from larger Sudan after a referendum. Enmities between ethnic groups have been longstanding.


Associated Press reporter John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to this report.

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Joan Rivers Won’t Apologize For Joke About Ariel Castro Victims

Time - 8 hours 54 min ago

Joan Rivers, the queen of offensive comedy, may have finally gone too far.

Rivers was promoting her new reality television show, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, when she compared living in her daughter’s guest room to being held hostage in the house of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro.

“Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space, I mean it’s just the worst,” Rivers said, to gasps of shock from The Today Show’s hosts.

After the comment, social media lit up with backlash and outrage. But the 80-year-old comedian has refused to apologize for her remarks.

“There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke, what’s what I do, ” she said. “They’re free, so let’s move on.”

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Andy Warhol’s Lost Amiga Computer Art Recovered After 30 Years

Time - 8 hours 55 min ago

Cory Arcangel’s curiosity was piqued: he had just seen a YouTube clip of revered pop art icon Andy Warhol painting a digital portrait of Blondie singer Debbie Harry as part of a 1985 advertisement for the Commodore Amiga 1000. What had happened to the image, which was ostensibly Warhol’s first digital portrait? When Arcangel (also an artist) was in Pittsburgh — home of the Andy Warhol Museum — for his own show, he asked the museum’s curator Tina Kukielski if anything had ever come of the unlikely partnership.

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As it turns out, something had.

Today, the Andy Warhol Museum announced that it has recovered a set of images that the pop artist created on the Commodore Amiga home computer that he was promoting in the ad campaign. The doodles and photos were the result of a commission by Commodore International hoping to demonstrate the computer’s graphic arts capabilities. The images that Warhol created — including revisiting his iconic Campbell’s soup cans, bananas and Marilyn Monroe — were then stranded on Amiga floppy disks for almost twenty years after technology progressed past the point of being able to easily retrieve them.

Together Arcangel and Kukielski approached the Warhol Museum’s chief archivist Matt Wrbican to ask for permission to search for the lost files on the floppy disks held in the archives. Wribcan joined the hunt, which soon grew to include other staff from the museum and Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Club — a group, as the Warhol Museum notes in a press release, that is known for its collection of “obsolete computer hardware” and its “prize-winning retro-computing software development.”

The club’s technical expertise paired with the museum’s collection allowed the hunt for the lost images to continue. Eventually, the team was able to safely extract the images from the disks resulting in new images for Warhol fans and art historians to appreciate while also making it possible to preserve the images for posterity. (It’s unlikely that Warhol backed up his work.)

The images that the team discovered are familiar territory for Warhol fans: There’s a colorful recreation of his world-famous Campbell’s soup can; a three-eyed adaptation of a pre-rendered version of Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and a scratchy self-portrait. But he new images — as well as the YouTube advertisement that started the treasure hunt — show an established artist in a state of evolution, attempting to adapt his usual mode of creation to working with a mouse in his hand. Warhol didn’t shy away from the new technology, but instead seemed determined to master it.

As director of the Warhol Museum Eric Shiner explains, Warhol remained interested in new technology throughout his life. “Warhol saw no limits to his art practice. These computer generated images underscore his spirit of experimentation and his willingness to embrace new media.” One can only imagine what Warhol’s Instagram would have looked like.

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The 2014 TIME 100: Italy’s Renzi Recalls Obama’s Meeting With Pope Francis

Time - 8 hours 57 min ago
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On the morning of March 27, President Barack Obama met Pope Francis in Rome. That afternoon, on the other side of the Tiber River he paid another visit, to Italy’s newly elected prime minister, Matteo Renzi.

“I met Obama the same day that he had met the Pope, and at the end of our meeting we were alone for about 10 minutes while they were organizing the cars,” Renzi, 39, recalls in an interview with TIME. “He had told me that he had been really impressed by the meeting they had had.”

Both Obama and the Pope feature in TIME’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. And the President’s admiration for Francis shines through in his piece for the special TIME 100 issue of the magazine published today. Describing the Pontiff as a “leader who makes us want to be better people,” Obama said he reminds us that “we are bound by moral obligations to one another.”

“If you ask my opinion of [the] Pope, as a Catholic, I say that I’m deeply struck by the capacity that the church had of understanding and changing. Not only the resignation of Ratzinger, but also that Ratzinger was succeeded by Bergoglio—two very different models,” says Renzi. “From a political point of view, Pope Francis is a reference point that, in my opinion, is very sensitive to a several themes: social justice, fairness, a focus on the least fortunate, much more than other popes in the past. And from this point of view I share Obama’s judgment.”

Renzi’s remarks come as he attempts to revive the Italian economy. Weighed down by record levels of public debt, the country has struggled as growth across the region hit the buffers, exposing deep structural flaws in what is the eurozone’s third largest economy. Since taking over earlier this year, the telegenic former Mayor of Florence has adopted an ambitious reform agenda in a bid to pull the country out of the doldrums.

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The Nevada Ranch Rebellion Takes a Racist Turn

Time - 9 hours 3 min ago

It doesn’t take much to mint an icon in this political climate. Cliven Bundy became one nearly overnight. The story of Bundy’s battle against federal bureaucrats fit neatly into a resonant narrative: the defiant land-owner taking a stand against government overreach.

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As word of Bundy’s refusal to pay the federal government to graze his herd on public land spread, more than 1,000 armed sympathizers descended on his Nevada ranch in the desert outside of Las Vegas. When the U.S. Bureau of Land Management abandoned its effort to seize Bundy’s cattle, the rancher, 68, was celebrated as a hero in certain right-wing circles. Supporters compared the Battle of Bunkerville, Nev., to the American Revolution; there was even a hashtag, #AmericanSpring. With his ten-gallon hat and gruff rhetoric, Bundy was an irresistible symbol of a certain frontier ideal.

The reality was much different. Bundy’s herd of cattle has been illegally grazing on federal land for more than 20 years. He owes the government more than $1 million, which he refuses to pay because, he says, he does not recognize federal authority to collect it. While some conservative media outlets rushed to canonize Bundy, the vast majority of elected Republicans steered clear of the standoff, perhaps because the facts suggested Bundy was less a patriot than a deadbeat.

Or worse. Speaking to supporters on Saturday, Bundy digressed into a discussion of race. “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Bundy said, according to Adam Nagourney of the New York Times:

Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

These remarks will surely dim Bundy’s spotlight. The few national politicians who flocked to his cause have already denounced the remarks. Nevada Senator Dean Heller, who had praised Bundy’s supporters as “patriots,” released a statement Thursday morning calling his views on race “appalling.” Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who said Bundy’s case raised a “legitimate constitutional question” about federal authority, called his remarks offensive. “I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Paul said.

Conservative media and political outfits which had promoted Bundy’s cause fell silent. Fox News ignored the remarks, though journalist Greta Van Susteren, who has featured the story, released a statement condemning Bundy’s remarks. Americans for Prosperity’s Nevada branch, which also latched onto the ranch rebellion, did not immediately respond to an inquiry from TIME.

Calls to Bundy’s ranch and to a mobile phone belonging to his family went unanswered Thursday. Craig Leff, a spokesman for the BLM, told TIME the agency will “continue to pursue this matter administratively and judicially.” The Battle of Bunkerville is over. Now the backlash has begun.

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