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Pope Francis made an impassioned New
Year's peace address, saying the heart of
humanity seemed to have gone astray and
too many people were still indi erent to war,
violence and injustice.
e Ponti , who took his papal name from
St Francis of Assisi, the saint most associated
with peace, urged the world to listen to the
"cry for peace" from su ering peoples.
"What on earth is happening in the hearts
of men? What on earth is happening in
the heart of humanity?" he said to tens of
thousands of people in St Peter's Square
on the day the Roman Catholic Church
celebrates its World Day of Peace.
"It's time to stop!" he said, departing from
his prepared text.
Pope Francis was speaking from the window
of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St Peter's
Square that popes traditionally use for their
Unlike his predecessors, Francis has not
used the spacious apartment behind the
window since his election in March, shunning
pomp and preferring instead to live in small
quarters in a Vatican guest house.
"Everyone must be committed to building
a society that is truly just and caring," he told
the crowd, acknowledging the many peace
banners and blue balloons held aloft.
In a message for the World Day of Peace
sent to world leaders last month, Pope Francis
said that huge salaries and bonuses were
symptoms of an economy based on greed and
In that letter, the former Cardinal Jorge
Mario Bergoglio of Argentina again urged
nations to narrow the gap between rich and
poor, more and more of whom were getting
Pope Francis, named person of the year
by Time magazine and a number of other
publications, has urged his own Church to set
an example by being more fair and frugal and
less pompous, and to get closer to the poor
and a icted.
e New Year is expected to bring concrete
changes to the Vatican, plagued by a series of
mishaps and scandals under Pope Benedict
XVI, who in February became the rst ponti
to resign in 600 years.
Pope Francis has appointed a committee
of eight cardinals from around the world
to advise him on how to reform the central
He has also named commissions to advise
him on what to do with the scandal-plagued
Vatican bank, on transparency in other parts
of Vatican nance and on how to deal with
the Church's many sexual abuse scandals.
Vatican o cials expect changes to start
taking shape in late February, when his
council of advisers has a pivotal meeting in
On February 22, Pope Francis will name
his rst batch of cardinals to join the
exclusive group that will one day choose his
e names of the new cardinals are expected
to be disclosed some time in late January, and
will o er another indication of the type of
humbler Church that Francis wants.
Stop the wars --- Pope's New Year plea
Pope Francis during his New Year address in St Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Regional Australia bore the brunt of
yesterday's heatwave, with temperatures
in some parts of the country just shy of a
Moomba in the far north of South
Australia baked with 49.3degC, not
much short of the hottest temperature
ever recorded in Australia, 50.7degC in
Oodnadatta on this day in 1960.
Western and northern parts of
Queensland endured searing heat, with
some 20 towns recording temperatures
above 40degC yesterday.
e highest was in Birdsville where it
reached 48.7degC at 4.39pm, not far o
its 49.5degC record.
Some of the sunshine State's heat
crossed into New South Wales, with
hinterland towns near the Queensland
border sweltering, the Bureau of
"It's just gone up to 48.4degC at
Tibooburra, so it may climb in the next
couple of hours, but I don't think it will
break 49," bureau forecaster Olenka
Duma told AAP at 5pm (AEDT).
Bourke residents faced a high of
"It's still going to be hot tomorrow up
in that area," Ms Duma said. "Saturday
is when the temperatures will start to see
a good 10 to 15degC drop."
ere will be little relief in Queensland,
with Brisbane set to endure one of its
hottest ever days with a rare 41degC
ose living on the South Australian
coast beat NSW to a cool change, with
Kuitpo Forest, in the Adelaide Hills, just
14.5degC and Parndana on Kangaroo
Island had 15.7degC.
e weather bureau forecast conditions
to moderate across the north of South
Australia today, with temperatures to
fall to the mid to low 30s in most places.
However, Moomba was expected to
hit 40degC before a drop to 32degC
Temperatures hit 45degC in
Queensland regional towns Camooweal
and Century Mine.
Queensland, South Australia and
NSW have have issued severe and
extreme re warnings for parts of each
South Australia's south will remain
cool to mild however, with Adelaide
tipped to have a top temperature of
In inner Sydney a cool change swept
through mid-afternoon, bringing the
mercury at Obser vatory Hill down from
34.5C at 3pm to 23.7C by last evening.
In Central Australia temperatures
reached 42.9degC by 9.30am yesterday,
with Tennant Creek recording its hottest
January day in history at 45.1degC.
Denise Broad, who lives north of
Alice Springs on the Plenty Highway,
told AAP the heatwave of 40degC-
plus temperatures since Saturday was
the longest she could remember since
moving to the station almost 34 years
Bureau senior forecaster Mark
Kersemakers said no rain was on the
horizon for the region, but a cool change
was forecast for the weekend.
In Western Australia, outback towns
Fitzroy Crossing was tipped to hit
42degC, while Argyle and Kurunurra
are expected to hit 41degC.
Tasmania and Victoria escaped the
heat altogether. --- AAP
Outback scorches in 50deg Kolkata
An Indian teenager was gang-
raped in two separate attacks and
then died after being set on re,
sparking protests in the eastern
city of Kolkata, police say.
e 16-year-old was assaulted
on October 26 and then again the
day after by a group of more than
six men near her family's home
in Madhyamgram town, about
25km north of Kolkata.
e second rape occurred as
she was returning home after
reporting the rst attack at a
She was set on re on December
23 and died in a State-run hospital
late on New Year's Eve, police said
"She gave us a dying declaration
in front of the health o cials that
she was set on re by two persons
close to the accused when she
was alone at home on December
23," policeman Nimbala Santosh
Uttamrao told AFP.
Police made arrests yesterday,
two months after the initial crime,
police chief Rajiv Kumar told
" e accused tried to kill my
daughter by setting her on re to
hush up their crimes," the victim's
father, a migrant taxi driver from
Bihar, India's poorest State, told
Several hundred activists
protested yesterday in Kolkata
over the crime, shocking in its
brutality after a year when sex
crimes have been reported widely
Rampant rape, assault and
harassment of women in India
has been in the spotlight after the
fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old
student on a moving bus in New
Delhi in December 2012 sparked
e parliament has since passed
tougher laws to punish rapists.
Activists say rape victims in
India often face severe threats and
intimidation from their attackers
after the assault, while police
often discourage them from
lodging complaints. --- AFP
Top temperatures across Australia
e hottest temperatures
across the Australian mainland
* Moomba, 49.3degC
* Marree, 48.1degC
* Oodnadatta, 47degC
* Roxby Downs, 45.8degC
* Leigh Creek, 45.7degC
New South Wales
* Tibooburra, 48.4degC
* White Cli s, 47.9degC
* Bourke, 46.8degC
* Walgett, 45.4degC
* Wilcannia, 45.3degC
* Tennant Creek, 45.1degC
Hackers have published the user names and
phone numbers of 4.6 million Snapchat users,
exploiting a software coding aw recently
discovered by an Australian security collective.
e database of information was available
as a download from website SnapchatDB.
info, but the site has since been suspended.
Reports claim it contains information on
United States-based users only.
e anonymous publishers said on the site
that they acquired the information through
a vulnerability in Snapchat's programming
language that allows usernames to be
connected with their corresponding phone
e vulnerability was rst found and
published in August by an anonymous
Australian collective of "white hat" hackers,
Gibson Security, along with detailed coding.
White hat hackers test computer programs
for security aws and o er to x them for a
Gibson claims on their website that
Snapchat has not responded to its warnings
about the vulnerability, but denied having
anything to do with publishing the database.
"We know nothing about SnapchatDB, but
it was a matter of time till something like that
happened," the rm tweeted.
e hackers who released the database said
they did so in order to highlight the laxity
with which internet companies protect user
"Companies that we trust with our
information should be more careful when
dealing with it," they wrote alongside links to
the database, according to a snapshot of the
site stored on Google's servers.
Because people tend to use the same
username for di erent services, the
information could help people nd phone
number information associated with
Facebook and Twitter accounts, they wrote.
e hackers censored the last two digits of
every phone number in order to "minimise
spam and abuse", but said they may release
the uncensored database on request. --- AAP
Millions of Snapchat users' data leaked
Musharraf rushed to hospital
with 'heart problem'
Former Israeli PM
leader near death
Former Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon, comatose since a 2006
stroke, slipped closer to death
overnight after a sharp decline in
the condition of the ex-general
who long symbolised Israel's
Reviled by Arabs over his hard-
line policies and viewed with a
mixture of respect and suspicion
by many Israelis, 85-year-old
Sharon has been on life support
at Sheba Medical Centre near
Tel Aviv for the past eight years,
far from the public gaze.
"I am no prophet, but the
feeling of his doctors and his sons
is that there has been a change
for the worse," Sheba director
Zeev Rotstein told reporters.
Reports yesterday that he had
su ered a kidney malfunction,
said doctors expect a deterioration
in several life-sustaining organs.
"We are de ning his condition
as critical, and there is de nitely
a threat to his life," he said. " e
feeling of everyone . . . is that this
decline is very serious."
Sharon's two sons were at his
bedside, doctors said, and a State
funeral was planned.
One of Israel's most famous
generals, Sharon left his mark
on the region through military
invasion, Jewish settlement
building on captured land and a
shock, unilateral decision to pull
Israeli troops and settlers out of
the Gaza Strip in 2005.
In 1983, an Israeli state inquiry
found Sharon, then the defence
minister, indirectly responsible
for the killing of hundreds of
Palestinian men, women and
children at Beirut's Sabra and
Shatila refugee camps.
"He'll be remembered as
the last of his generation of
Israeli ghters and founders,"
Dedi Cohen, a 38-year-old
lawyer, told Reuters in Tel Aviv.
e rst recreational marijuana
industry in the United States
has opened in Colorado, kicking
o an experiment that will be
watched closely around the world.
Activists hope to prove that
legalisation is a better alternative
than the costly American-led war
"Honestly, I thought I'd never see
the day," a giddy Errin Reaume,
who shared hits of concentrated
marijuana at a 1920s-themed
"Prohibition Is Over" party in
Skeptics worry the industry
will make the drug more widely
available to teens, even though
legal sales are limited to adults
Colorado voters in 2012
approved the legal pot industry.
Pot advocates have argued a
legal market would generate
revenue for states and save money
by not having to lock up so many
drug o enders.
At least 24 pot shops in eight
Colorado towns opened, after
increasing sta and inventory and
"I'm going to frame the receipt
when I go home, to remind
myself of what might be possible.
Legal everywhere," James Aaron
Ramsey said, who ser ved a
brief jail sentence for cannabis
possession less than a year ago and
was excited to legally buy weed.
Tinted windows on a black
limousine idling outside a
dispensary showed another side
of the newly legal market people
eager to try legal marijuana but
not ready to be seen publicly
Addison Morris, owner of Rocky
Mountain Mile High Tours,
had 10 clients waiting inside
who paid $295 for three hours
of chau euring by a "marijuana
concierge" who would help them
choose strains and edible cannabis
"We're your grandmother's pot
connection," the 63-year-old said.
"We're not the hippie stoners who
are going to stand in this cold and
Colorado set up an elaborate
plant-tracking system to try to
keep the drug away from the black
market, and regulators set up
packaging, labelling and testing
requirements, along with potency
limits for edible pot.
Cannabis is still illegal under
federal law, but the US Justice
Department outlined an eight-
point slate of priorities for pot
regulation, requiring states to
keep the drug away from minors,
criminal cartels, federal property
and other states in order to avoid
a federal crackdown.
"We understand that Colorado
is under a microscope," Jack
Finlaw, lawyer to Governor John
Hickenlooper and overseer of
a major task force to chart new
cannabis laws, told reporters.
A group of addiction counsellors
and physicians said they were
seeing more marijuana addiction
problems, especially in youths, and
that wider cannabis availability
will exacerbate the problem.
" is is just throwing gas on
the re," said Ben Cort of the
Colorado Center for Dependency,
Addiction and Rehabilitation
at the University of Colorado
Hospital. --- AP
High times: Colorado
cannabis industry opens
Pakistan's former military ruler
Pervez Musharraf has been
rushed to hospital after su ering
a "heart problem" on his way to
court for a hearing in his trial for
treason, police and an aide say.
e 70-year-old had been
summoned to the special tribunal
after failing to show up for two
previous sessions due to security
threats against him.
Jan Mohammad, a senior police
o cial told the court in Islamabad
that Musharraf had fallen ill while
being transported to the hearing
under heavy security yesterday.
"He has been shifted to Armed
Forces Institute of Cardiology
after he got a heart problem,"
An aide to Musharraf, who is
facing a series of criminal cases
dating back to his 1999-2008 rule,
told AFP the retired general was
in "bad shape". --- AFP
China will open a high-speed
rail line to the North Korean
border next year, State media said
yesterday, in a sign that China
remains committed to boosting
trade and economic ties with the
isolated, nuclear-armed State.
e line, under construction
since 2010, will run 207km from
Shenyang to the border city of
Dandong, which faces North
Korea across the Yalu River, and
will shorten the train journey from
three and a half hours to one hour,
the o cial Xinhua news agency
As much as 80% of trade between
China and North Korea passes
through Dandong,which is near one
of North Korea's special economic
zones on Hwanggumpyong island.
China has encouraged the
development of three special
economic zones in North Korea,
hoping to tap low labour costs and
encourage North Korea to see the
bene ts of economic reform, even
while publicly rebuking it over its
nuclear weapons programme.
China has stepped up checks
on shipments to and from North
Korea following its third nuclear
test last year, but has shown no
sign of cutting the country o
completely, lest the impoverished
state collapse, bringing with it
a destabilising wave of refugees.
China to open high-speed rail link to North Korea
Nigella Lawson says having her
private life raked over in a London
courtroom was "mortifying" but she
is putting the case behind her.
e celebrity cook testi ed last
month at the fraud trial of two
former aides, who were ultimately
acquitted of funding a luxury
lifestyle with credit cards loaned
to them by Lawson and her
ex-husband Charles Saatchi.
e trial was overshadowed by
allegations about Lawson's and
Saatchi's domestic life, including
claims that Lawson regularly used
She denied regular drug use,
although she admitted taking
cocaine a handful of times.
Lawson also was asked during
the trial about a June incident in
which Saatchi was photographed
grabbing her neck outside a London
Lawson, said overnight that "to
have not only your private life but
distortions of your private life put
on display is mortifying.
"But there are people going
through an awful lot worse and to
dwell on any of it would be self-pity
and I don't like to do that."
Lawson said her only desire during
her testimony "was to protect my
children as much as possible which
. . . alas I couldn't always do."
She insisted she has moved on.
Revelations mortifying --- Nigella
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