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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:51:54 +0200
Cardinal Faces Sex Abuse Charges in Australia, a Grim Reminder for his Home Town
One of the pope's top advisers, Cardinal George Pell, makes his first court appearance in Australia this week on charges of historic sex crimes, a bitter reminder for his home town reeling from more than a dozen abuse cases.
Pell, the Vatican's economy minister, last month became the most senior Catholic to be charged with sex crimes. He has vowed to fight the still-unspecified charges, calling them false and the result of a "relentless character assassination."
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:30:57 -0400
Burundi School Director: 6 Teens Likely Seeking Better Life
Six Burundian teenagers who disappeared after an international robotics competition in Washington probably left because life is hard in the East African nation, not because they feared insecurity at home, the director of a school that sent two of the teens said Monday.
Esperence Niyonzima, who is the director of Iteletique, said parents she spoke with "were not concerned" by their disappearance.
"These teens are young," Niyonzima said. "I do not think they...
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:27:12 -0400
US to Conduct Another Test of Missile Defense System
The U.S. military says it is preparing to conduct another test of a missile defense system put in place to counter threats from North Korea.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, said Monday that the test of the military's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the far northwestern state of Alaska is scheduled to go ahead "soon." He said the test is a "routine measure" to make sure the system is ready.
In a notice to mariners, the U.S. Coast...
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:03:35 -0400
UN Envoy Urges Quick Solution to Al-Aqsa Crisis
The United Nations' envoy for the Middle East peace process is urging a quick resolution to the current crisis around the Al-Aqsa mosque, also known as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem.
"It is extremely important that a solution to the current crisis be found by Friday this week," envoy Nickolay Mladenov told reporters following closed-door discussions with U.N. Security Council members. "I think the dangers on the ground will escalate if we go through another cycle of...
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:54:44 -0400
Trump to Speak to Thousands of Scouts at West Virginia Jamboree
President Donald Trump will address thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering on Monday.
That makes him the eighth president to attend the National Scout Jamboree, the organization says.
More than 40,000 Scouts, leaders and volunteers are at the 10-day event, typically held every four years.
President Barack Obama did not attend during his two terms, although he addressed a 100th anniversary event in 2010 by video.
Each U.S. president serves as honorary president of the Boy...
Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:41:23 -0400