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One Of Us - Latin American Youth Meet *Their* New Pope Up Close

Brazil is filled with young people wrapped in the flags of their different countries -- but mostly South American. Pope Francis meets his flock at the World Youth Day event.

Youth from all over the world at the 2013 World Youth Day
Youth from all over the world at the 2013 World Youth Day
Silvina Heguy

RIO DE JANEIRO - The steady and sticky rain, which seemed to come from the sea, turned to a joyful mist around 7:45 pm. That's when the beach was turned into an open-air Church.

“World Youth Day has now begun,” said the announcer, and thousands of flags from every country were raised. Volunteers carried an image of the Virgin Mary onto the stage. Behind them, another group carried a wooden cross, “the youth’s cross,” a gift passed down from Pope John Paul II. When the cross reached the top of the altar, more than five-stories high, it was raised further. And thus marked the beginning of Pope Francis’ mission in Latin America.

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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