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Pope Francis under pressure to confront sex abuse in Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis will be under pressure Tuesday to confront a priest sex abuse scandal during his first full day in Chile, an Andean nation where the majority identifies as Roman Catholic but strong currents of skepticism and even contempt for the church are increasingly present....


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Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured

Australia Wayward Wallaby

SYDNEY (AP) — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit. The adult male was captured without any apparent serious injury and is expected to be released back into the wild within days. Swamp wallabies, which are smaller...


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Are Greece's horrific conditions at 'island prisons' serving as a warning to asylum

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. MORIA, Greece - The first thing you notice is the smell: the stench from open-pit latrines mingling with the odor of thousands of unwashed bodies and the acrid tang of olive trees being burned for warmth. Then there are the sounds: Children hacking like old men. Angry...


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Palestinian officials vote to suspend recognition of Israel, security cooperation

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. JERUSALEM - Palestinian leaders on Monday voted to suspend recognition of Israel until it reciprocates by recognizing a Palestinian state and cease security cooperation, as the political fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as...


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Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

Palestinians Refugees

SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can’t imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months. Living with 25 relatives in a crowded home in this teeming Gaza Strip slum, the meager rations provided...


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Ritz Carlton, a luxury Saudi prison, takes Feb. 14 bookings

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ritz Carlton in Saudi Arabia’s capital may be reopening its doors in time for Valentine’s Day, after serving for several months as a prison for the country’s elite caught up in what the government has described as a crackdown on corruption. The Ritz Carlton’s...


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In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism

Chile Pope Protest-1

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. It’s the pope’s first visit to the Andean nation of 17 million...


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Turkish president threatens to 'drown' US-backed force in Syria

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. BEIRUT - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted in anger Monday to a proposed U.S.-trained force that could lead to Kurdish militiamen being stationed on the Syrian side of Turkey’s southern border, threatening to “drown” the force before it is born. The U.S.-...


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The Latest: Pope lands in Chile amid anger over priest abuse

Chile Pope

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Latin America (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Pope Francis has landed in Chile, where protests are expected over his decision to appoint a bishop who was close to the Andean nation’s most notorious pedophile priest. Francis’ arrival Monday...


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UAE accuses Qatar of intercepting 2 civilian flights, escalating Persian Gulf feud

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. ISTANBUL - The United Arab Emirates said Monday that two of its civilian airliners were “intercepted” by a fighter jet from Qatar during routine flights, in a sign of rapidly escalating tensions between the quarreling Persian Gulf neighbors. It was not immediately...


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