DNA tests confirm the existence of an ancient human ancestor that lived in Central Asia between 48,000 and 30,000 years ago. The DNA came from a fragment of a finger bone found in a Siberian cave in 2008 among ornaments. The bone is said to belong to “X-Woman,” and researches believe Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and the species of X-woman may have all interacted in southern Siberia, BBC News.
New reports say Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI before he was awarded the papacy, did not defrock a priest accused of sexual molesting 200 deaf boys despite numerous warnings. Documents suggest warnings were ignored because the Church was more concerned with protecting itself from further scandal. American Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy is the accused, who worked at a school for deaf children from 1950 to 1974, NY Times.
Five Iraqi soldiers have been shot and killed by gunmen at a security checkpoint in Baghdad. Security officials arrested 17 people after closing off the area after the attack, BBC News.
The U.S. and Russia have reached a nuclear arms deal, cited as the most extensive deal between the two countries in two decades. Official details of the treaty have not been revealed, but it is known that both sides have vowed to reduce their stores of long-range mission nuclear weapons, Washington Post.