Pope Benedict XVI will lead the 25th Interreligious talks, a "journey of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world" held in St. Francis of Assisi's birthplace, with four leading atheist intellectuals taking part for the first time.
Occupy Oakland protesters take down a link fence surrounding Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, California on October 26, 2011. The city erected the fence to keep demonstrators from camping in the plaza after clearing out their encampment. Police moved in on the Occupy Oakland encampment overnight on Oct. 25, forcefully dispersing protesters with tear gas and allegedly, rubber bullets.
Tunisia's main Islamist party claimed today to have taken the biggest block of votes in historic free polls, as the cradle of the Arab Spring basked in praise for its democratic revolution. Official results were not due until October 25.
Turkey accepted humanitarian aid from Israel despite strained relations as the death toll from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake rose to 523, officials said. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the government would more strictly enforce building laws and demolish particularly weak buildings. Poor construction has been cited as a reason for the extent of the disaster.
A few dozen people showed up to demonstrate outside Fox Studios where News Corp. is holding its annual shareholders meeting. Murdoch is facing shareholders with small stakes in his company for the first time since a phone-hacking scandal broke in July.
Yemeni government forces clashed once again with opposition groups as they marched in the capital of Sanaa. The troops shot and killed 14 demonstrators in their attempt to block the protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barak Obama addressed workers at the General Motors Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan. Lee and Obama toured the plant while celebrating a U.S. trade agreement with South Korea that will open up economic opportunities and support jobs on both sides of the Pacific. UPI/John F. Martin/General Motors
The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC was dedicated on October 16, 2011. The ceremony for the slain civil rights leader had been postponed earlier in the summer because of Tropical Storm Irene.
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