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ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."
Oscar-winning actress, comedienne and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg sang the praises of marijuana inhaled through a pocket vaporizer on Thursday as she made her debut as an online pot columnist. In fact, her name is Sippy." wrote Goldberg, 58, about her pocket vaporizer on "The Cannabist," a pot-friendly website run by the Denver Post newspaper in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain state was the second in the United States, after Washington in the Pacific Northwest, to legalize marijuana for recreational use. But in a country where, at the federal level, marijuana is classified as an illegal drug on a par with heroin, Goldberg said Sippy's compact proportions helps maintain discretion.
18:01 GMT - Pro-referendum rally - Over in Donetsk, some 2,000 people are demonstrating for a united Ukraine in a region where pro-Russian activists have seized public buildings and weapons depots. AFP photographer Anatolii Stepanov says the protesters did not encounter any resistance from the building's security personnel, and told reporters that their sole demand was for the heavily Russified region to stage a referendum on turning Ukraine into a federation with broader local rights Standing before the world's media, Deshchytsia warns the deal must be implemented within 'days' after crisis talks in Geneva. The deal is in sharp contrast to an earlier thinly-veiled warning from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who left the door open for military intervention in Ukraine.