Denmark is set to become the first country in the world to declassify transsexualism as a mental illness, and is now pressuring the World Health Organization to do the same.
Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday that Parliament Health Committee Deputy Chairman Flemming Moller Mortensen has claimed that the current law is "completely inappropriate," and said the European nation will remove the transgender listing from its clinical guidelines on Jan. 1, 2017.
Amnesty International has hailed the decision, saying the move will help to remove so-called "institutionalised stigmatisation" against transsexual people. more >>
Construction workers happened upon a surprising discovery in Rome, Italy, recently when they found a 2,000-year-old military barracks while digging the city's new subway line.
Francesco Prosperetti, the head of archaeology in the European city, told "CBS This Morning" that ornately-decorated military barracks from Emperor Hadrian's time were discovered as city officials dug the new C subway line at the Amba Aradam station.
Prosperetti described the 39 military barracks as being ornately decorated with mosaics and frescoes. The remains of 13 humans, as well as bronze coins and jewelry, were also found. more >>
Pope Francis said on Sunday that he has no plans to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, and retire from his position as leader of the Catholic Church.
The pontiff responded to a question from a young person during an event at Vatican City on Sunday and assured Catholics and supporters that the thought of retirement has not even occurred to him.
Pope Francis met with and praised on Sunday top Hollywood actors George Clooney, Salma Hayek, and Richard Gere for their work toward a Vatican initiative aimed at helping poor communities.
Catholic News Agency reported that the actors were presented with the "Olive Medal" of peace award by the Scholas Occurentes initiative, which they helped promote.
Francis told the actors at Paul VI's Synod Hall that it is their responsibility to "help the world recover the language of gestures." more >>
Atheist author Richard Dawkins has suggested that he would be ready to convert to a religion if someone shows him evidence for why he should believe, but argued that so far, no one has been able to do that.
The evolutionary biologist tackled a number of topics in an online interview from readers on social networking website Reddit, which he shared on his Twitter page, and on multiple occasions suggested that he is willing to listen to evidence for religion.
When asked which religion he would convert to if he had to pick, he answered: "I would only convert to a religion if some evidence turned up to support it. So far there is none, so your question is unanswerable." more >>
Archaeologists have reported on an "extraordinary discovery" in France after finding several man-made circular structures, or rings, they say date back 170,000 years to the time Neanderthals lived in the area.
The rings were constructed out of stalagmites from the Bruniquel Cave in France's south, and excavators believe they might have been used for some sort of ritual at the time of their creation.
The 400 stalagmites were presumably broken off from the sides of the cave and arranged in two circles, one larger one and a smaller one, as well as several organized piles throughout the cave. more >>