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Trump and the rest of the world offer little hope for Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:05
Even as he claims to care about Syrian suffering, Trump has gone out of its way to stigmatize Syrian refugees.

Australian probe: Pilot saw warning just before fatal crash

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:28
Crash investigators say a pilot saw an engine malfunction warning signal moments before his helicopter crashed on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef last month, killing a honeymooning couple from Hawaii and injuring a Colorado couple.

UN accredits US groups on Iran, North Korea rights

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:28
The United Nations has granted accreditation to American groups focusing on human rights in North Korea and Iran, overturning a committee’s rejection and giving the groups the right to speak at the Human Rights Council and other U.N. bodies.

AP PHOTOS: Cuba transition sparks hope for many generations

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:28
From a 93-year-old former intelligence agent to a 28-year-old economist working as a maintenance man, Cubans of every generation are watching this week as Raul Castro leaves the presidency as part of a broader handoff to a group of younger leaders.

Vietnam arrests ex-senior officials, police amid crackdown

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:07
Vietnamese police have ordered the arrest of several former officials and police officers with alleged ties to a real estate developer who was arrested after being deported from Singapore.

Russia clashes again with US and allies over Syria attacks

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:07
Russia has clashed again with the United States and its Western allies over Syria, saying airstrikes on suspected chemical sites in the war-torn nation have set back any political negotiations to end the seven-year conflict.

Russian sex guru, follower blame US for continued detention

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 04:56
A Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, were acquitted Tuesday of violating labor laws in Thailand but still face other charges that could land them in prison for more than 10 years.

To soften image, Kim Jong Un turns spotlight to sister, wife

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:26
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to be trying out a new tactic to boost the image of his authoritarian regime — he’s putting the spotlight on the women in his life.

Colleagues, relatives bury slain Salvadoran journalist

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 03:17
Colleagues and relatives have buried a magazine journalist killed over the weekend in El Salvador.

Syria envoy says UN security team visits alleged attack site

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:36
Syrian media said international chemical weapons inspectors on Tuesday entered the town of Douma, where an alleged poison gas attack was carried out earlier this month, but a Syrian diplomat said later that only a U.N. security team visited the Damascus suburb.

The Latest: Syrian envoy says only UN security team at Douma

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 02:36
The latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Rights group: African migrants face rape, abuse in Yemen

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 01:38
Human Rights Watch says African migrants who were detained in war-torn Yemen have described horrific abuses, including the rape of women and boys, at the hands of local security forces backed by the United Arab Emirates.

Da Silva’s party says his passport, clothes stolen in Brazil

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:55
Personal items belonging to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva including his passport and clothes have been stolen in the city where he is jailed.

Venezuela’s congress pushes for graft trial against Maduro

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:55
Venezuela’s opposition-controlled but essentially powerless congress gave a group of self-exiled judges permission Tuesday to put President Nicolas Maduro on trial for allegedly seeking bribes from Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant at the center of a regional corruption scandal.

Venezuela’s congress pushes for graft trial against Maduro

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 00:17
Venezuela’s opposition-controlled but essentially powerless congress has given a group of exiled judges permission to put President Nicolas Maduro on trial for allegedly seeking bribes from Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant at the center of a regional corruption scandal.

Postwar Britain welcomed these workers. Brexit Britain wants proof they belong.

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:47
Theresa May apologized for the recent treatment of people who came from Caribbean countries decades ago.

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:36
Residents of the Syrian town of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. Suddenly, panic ensued.

Lawmakers grill State Department and Pentagon on U.S. role in Yemen’s civil war

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:25
Questions reflect growing discomfort with support for Saudi-led war against Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia says it’s open to sending troops to Syria as U.S. draws down

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:17
Washington is trying to get Arab nations to pick up the financial and military burden in Syria.

US tells WTO it will consult with China over tariff policies

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:05
The United States has told the World Trade Organization it has agreed to discuss with China the Trump administration’s efforts to slap tariffs on steel, aluminum and an array of goods from China.

Brazil senator to stand trial on graft, obstruction charges

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:06
Justices on Brazil’s Supreme Court have decided that a senator who narrowly lost in the last presidential election will stand trial on corruption and obstruction of justice charges.

On eve of MLB games, mayor says San Juan ‘open for business’

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:06
Carmen Yulin Cruz has attended only a handful of Major League Baseball games in her life, and she won’t be adding to that total this week.

California ready to deploy troops to border, governor says, despite Trump’s tweet

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:56
State officials have resisted calls to have the National Guard perform immigration enforcement, hoping to limit troops’ duties to targeting drugs and gangs.

Rescue helicopter crashes in Iran, 2 dead

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:56
Iran’s official news agency says a rescue helicopter has crashed in the Persian Gulf, killing at least two people on board.

Scientists can't explain why diplomats in Cuba are suffering from 'traumatic brain injury'

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:53
But Canada is now pulling all families of diplomats from the country.

Buying ‘likes’ on Facebook is ‘immoral’, Egypt’s top Muslim cleric declares

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:34
Boosting social media interaction through fake “likes” or “comments” on a promotion is a clear violation of honesty, and therefor against Islam, cleric says.

U.S.-China trade dispute looms over Trump’s summit with Japan’s Abe

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:23
China should heed warnings about breaking global trade rules, a top Trump adviser said.

Israel, marking annual Memorial Day, comes to a standstill

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:34
Israel is marking its annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

Turkey seeks to extend state of emergency for 7th time

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:34
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is seeking an extension of the state of emergency it declared following a failed coup in 2016.

UK’s May rejects criticism over Syria airstrike decision

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 19:34
British Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected opposition calls for a law requiring Parliament’s approval to commit U.K. forces to military action.

US flips key witness in drug case against Colombian rebel

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:55
Authorities say the nephew of the former chief peace negotiator for Colombia’s main rebel group has been taken to the U.S. to help prosecutors build a drug case against a top rebel ideologue.

New Greek port owners face repair cost setback

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:55
Owners of the newly-privatized port of Thessaloniki, in Greece’s second-largest city, say they will need to spend an additional 27 million euros ($33.4 million) on unforeseen equipment repairs and upgrades, arguing that facilities were in far worse condition than described by the previous, state-appointed management.

UN envoy: Missiles and confrontations may thwart Yemen peace

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:44
The new U.N. envoy for Yemen says a political solution to end the three-year war in the Arab world’s poorest country is available” — but he warns “there is a real danger” that intensified military confrontations and missile launches aimed at Saudi Arabia “may in a stroke take peace off the table.”

In Cuba, the Castro era ends this week as Raúl steps down as ruler

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:15
A little-known engineer and Communist Party member is expected to take his place.

German foreign minister on Trump: 'Surprising tweets every day' make things harder

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:52
"For me, reliability is one of the most important political qualities,” Heiko Maas says.

EU laments poor progress by Turkey in membership efforts

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:44
The European Union says Turkey has failed to make progress and is even backsliding on bringing its laws into line with EU standards as it seeks to join the bloc.

Niger may have arrested militant leader Chefou

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:44
Niger’s military has detained a suspect who could be the militant leader who was being pursued at the time of an ambush that left four American soldiers dead.

Dozens arrested in takedown of multistate opioid distribution network

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:35
Attorney General Sessions says enough fentanyl was seized to kill more than 250,000 people.

German train rape suspect was awaiting prison for prior rape

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:35
German prosecutors say a man accused of raping a 19-year-old woman on a train full of soccer fans was convicted of another rape in November, but had not yet started serving his sentence.

Man with 3 faces: Frenchman gets 2nd face transplant

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:25
In a medical first, a French surgeon says he has performed a second face transplant on the same patient — who is now doing well and even spent a recent weekend in Brittany.

Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from ‘lost planet’

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:25
Fragments of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than a decade ago provide compelling evidence of a lost planet that once roamed our solar system, according to a study published Tuesday.

Slovakia’s police chief to resign in slain reporter case

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:54
Slovakia’s national police chief will resign following street protests against him as the nation struggles with a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

EU seeks to make fingerprints mandatory for ID cards

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:54
The European Union wants to make data like fingerprints mandatory for ID cards in member countries as part of new measures it says will help fight crime and prevent extremist attacks.

The Latest: EU backs membership talks for Albania, Macedonia

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:35
The Latest on the political situation in the Balkans (all times local):

Polish nationalists seek probe of Israeli president’s words

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:03
A Polish nationalist group has asked prosecutors to investigate whether the Israeli president broke a new Holocaust speech law during a visit to Poland last week.

Armenia’s ex-president elected prime minister amid protests

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:03
Armenia’s former president has been elected prime minister amid large-scale protests.

Teenage rape victim accuses parents of accepting bribe to shut her up

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:53
Case brings new scrutiny to sexual assaults in India.

Russia blocks some Google, Amazon servers after Telegram ban

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:43
Russia’s communications watchdog says it is blocking access to some servers owned by tech giants Google and Amazon in order to comply with a court order to block a popular messaging app.

Indian PM Modi in Sweden for first India-Nordic summit

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:43
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven have held talks that focused on trade, growth, global security and climate.

Romanian prosecutors indict ex-leader for revolution deaths

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:23
Romanian prosecutors have formally indicted former President Ion Iliescu for crimes against humanity over his role in deaths that occurred during Romania’s anti-communist revolution.

Merkel tells New Zealanders “you can be proud of your PM”

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:15
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has kind words for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with a little bit of prompting.

Syrian state TV: International chemical weapons watchdog team enters Douma, the town where the alleged attack happened

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:15
Syrian state TV: International chemical weapons watchdog team enters Douma, the town where the alleged attack happened.

UK media committee: ex-CEO of Cambridge Analytica refuses to testify citing probe by information commissioner’s office

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:15
UK media committee: ex-CEO of Cambridge Analytica refuses to testify citing probe by information commissioner’s office.

Dissident rebels kidnap 2 more along Ecuador-Colombia border

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:05
Ecuadorean authorities say a dissident rebel group has kidnapped two people in the same border area where three press workers the group held were killed last week.

Greek PM: Greek-Turkish relations in period of instability

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:05
Greece’s prime minister says relations between his country and Turkey are experiencing a “period of instability,” and is stressing that Greece will not negotiate about any part of its territory amid increased tension with its eastern neighbor.

New Zealand PM: talks needed before US rejoins Pacific pact

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:44
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she can envision the United States re-joining the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal but not without renegotiation.

Britain’s famed Queen Elizabeth 2 ship now a hotel in Dubai

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:44
Britain’s famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship will finally open as a floating luxury hotel moored off Dubai nearly a decade after her last ocean voyage.

UK leader sorry for Caribbean citizens immigration mix-up

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:24
British Prime Minister Theresa May has personally apologized for the treatment of long-term U.K. residents from the Caribbean who have been asked to prove their right to stay in the country or face deportation.

Prague zookeepers use puppet to raise endangered magpie

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:03
Zookeepers in Prague have turned into puppeteers in an effort to save the critically endangered Javan green magpie.

Iraqi women accused of ISIS ties subjected to sexual abuse and isolation at camps, says Amnesty

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:02
This treatment of some of society's most vulnerable risks perpetuating cycles of violence and despair in Iraqi society

Correction: Syria-Destroyed Town story

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:53
In a story April 16 about the aftermath of Western airstrikes in the Syrian town of Douma, The Associated Press referred erroneously to the Syrian government as Abbas’ government instead of Assad’s. It was a reference to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Indonesia court rules against luxury yacht seizure

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:33
A Jakarta court has ruled against the Indonesian police’s seizure of a luxury yacht wanted as part of a U.S. probe into alleged multibillion-dollar theft and laundering of funds from a Malaysian state investment company.

UK: Nerve agent that poisoned spy was in liquid form

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:23
British officials say the nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was delivered in liquid form, and it will take months to remove all traces of the toxin.

Pakistani police fire gunshots at angry protesters; 1 killed

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:23
Pakistani police say they lobbed tear gas and fired gunshots in the air to try to disperse an angry crowd hurling stones at the officers. The violence left one protester dead after a gunshot to the head.

AP Interview: Moon adviser calls NKorea outreach ‘strategic’

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:13
A special adviser to the South Korean president says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un likely decided to put his nuclear weapons program up for negotiation to win outside rewards so he can improve his country’s economy, win public trust at home and prolong his leadership.

Investigators may finally be allowed access to the Syria chemical attack site. Here’s what they’ll try to do.

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 13:02
11 days after the attack, the OPCW will finally be allowed access to the suspected chemical weapons attack site near Damascus.

Animal rights groups slam bear use at Russian soccer match

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:22
Animal rights groups have condemned the use of a bear that performed before a Russian soccer match.

Struggling to prevent terrorist attacks, France wants to ‘reform’ Islam

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:13
The French president has turned to a former investment banker for policy ideas.

In new sign of trade war, China slaps U.S. sorghum producers with 179 percent deposit

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:53
The anti-dumping measures come after a ban against selling U.S. products to Chinese tech firm ZTE.

Hundreds of refugees, migrants cross into northern Greece

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:53
Greek authorities say hundreds of refugees and other migrants have crossed the land border with Turkey in the past two days, with illegal crossings in the area increasing significantly following Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria.

EU’s Juncker warns of possible return to war in Balkans

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:53
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is warning that the volatile Balkans could face a return to war if countries in the region have no hope of joining the European Union.

Syrian state TV says false alarm, not outside aggression, set off Syrian air defenses early this morning

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:53
Syrian state TV says false alarm, not outside aggression, set off Syrian air defenses early this morning.

FIFA charges World Cup host Russia for fan racism

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:22
FIFA has charged World Cup host Russia with fan racism less than two months before the tournament begins.

China to allow full foreign ownership in auto industry

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:22
China announced plans Tuesday to allow full foreign ownership of automakers in five years, ending restrictions that helped to fuel its escalating dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump and strained relations with other trading partners.

Turkey’s ruling party to evaluate calls for early elections

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:22
Turkey’s deputy prime minister says the ruling party will evaluate a call for early presidential and parliamentary elections.

German police raid homes of far-right suspects

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 11:03
German prosecutors say special forces have raided the apartments of four people who were allegedly involved in creating a far-right terrorist organization.

Egypt’s mufti issues fatwa against buying Facebook ‘likes’

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:52
Egypt’s top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook “likes” is prohibited under Islam because it’s a form of fraud and deception.

Burundi forces kill suspected government critics, says group

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:52
Human Rights Watch says Burundi’s government forces and ruling party members have beaten and killed perceived opponents of an upcoming referendum that could enable the president to extend his rule.

Report: Gunmen kill 2 border guards in southeastern Iran

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:52
Iran’s official IRNA news agency says gunmen have shot and killed two guards at an outpost along the country’s southeastern border with Pakistan.

Top EU court: Poland broke law by logging in pristine forest

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:43
The European Union’s top court has ruled that Poland violated environmental laws with its massive logging of trees in one of Europe’s last pristine forests.

Top European Union court says Poland violated EU law with extensive logging in pristine forest

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:32
Top European Union court says Poland violated EU law with extensive logging in pristine forest.

Pakistan convicts ex-judge, wife of torturing child servant

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:23
A Pakistani high court has convicted a former judge and his wife of torturing a 10-year-old child working as a servant at their home and sentenced them to a year in prison.

Russian sex guru and followers make Thai court appearance

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:13
A Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S presidential election, have emerged briefly for a Thai court hearing after being held virtually incommunicado in an immigration jail.

Headless doll triggers major police operation in Germany

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:13
An apparent headless body that prompted a major police operation in southern Germany has turned out to be a doll.

China rules US sorghum was dumped, as trade tensions mount

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:13
China has ordered importers of U.S. sorghum to pay deposits for possible higher tariffs in an anti-dumping investigation, adding to mounting trade conflicts with Washington.

German-Turkish man believed arrested in Istanbul

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:52
The German Foreign Ministry says a German-Turkish dual national has apparently been arrested in Istanbul, an incident that comes as relations between the two countries have been strained by previous arrests of German citizens.

Afghan official: Gunmen attack vehicle, kill 6 civilians

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:13
An Afghan official says at least six civilians were shot and killed by gunmen in western Ghor province.

Israeli series exposes raw wounds from ethnic Jewish divide

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 08:52
An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel’s European founders in the 1950s has reopened old wounds of an ethnic divide within Judaism ahead of the country’s 70th anniversary festivities.

A grumpy Trump welcomes Japan's weakened leader

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 07:09
Shinzo Abe visits Mar-a-Lago as both he and Trump grapple with spiraling domestic scandals.

Myanmar president grants amnesty to 8,500 prisoners

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:23
Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners.

Abe to meet Trump amid challenges at home and abroad

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:23
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is heading to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for two days of talks, hoping to keep Japan’s interests on the table in a possible U.S.-North Korea summit as well as stem a slide in his voter support ratings.

AP Explains: For Americans, big changes in travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:23
Raul Castro’s time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans’ ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under President Donald Trump:

A look at the old leadership of Cuba

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:23
Some of the main figures in the Cuban establishment as the government prepares to usher in new leadership:

Young party official faces test as Cuba’s next president

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:23
Raul Castro travels in motorcades of gleaming imported sedans. Rings of grim-faced bodyguards protect him, pistols under crisp guayabera shirts. The 86-year-old president of Cuba arrives at official events moments before they begin, and the audience rises to applaud.

The Latest: Syrian TV: Air defense confront missiles in Homs

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:23
The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Trump still intends to get U.S. troops out of Syria as soon as possible, White House says

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
France’s president tries to walk back remarks that he persuaded Trump to keep troops in Syria.

Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal’s sex case

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis has told an Australian court that Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics.

Nobel laureate blasts East Timor’s failure against poverty

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta has waded back into the young country’s politics ahead of parliamentary elections next month, calling the government a total failure in the past decade in crucial areas such as reducing child malnutrition and providing clean water.

Amnesty: Women, children linked to IS suffer abuses in Iraq

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
Iraqi women and children with suspected links to the Islamic State group are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, and the women are subjected to sexual violence in displacement camps, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

WASHINGTON POST - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 06:09
Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to establish what happened and who was to blame.

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