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Pope ends historic visit to Ireland Pope ends historic visit to Ireland
Pope Francis has begged forgiveness for members of the Catholic Church's hierarchy who "kept quiet" about clerical child sex abuse. He was ending a two-day visit to the Republic of Ireland by celebrating a Mass at Dublin's Phoenix Park. The Argentine Pope asked forgiveness for the "abuses in Ireland, abuses of power, conscience and sexual abuses" perpetrated by Church leaders. It was the ...
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Pope shamed by Church's abuse failures Pope shamed by Church's abuse failures
Pope Francis has said he is ashamed of the Catholic Church's failure to adequately address the "repellent crimes" of sex abuse by clergy. The Irish prime minister earlier delivered a strong warning to the Pope to take action against clergy involved in child abuse and keeping it secret. The Pope is expected to meet abuse survivors later on Saturday. The papal visit, the first to the Irish ...
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Ex-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 80 Ex-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 80
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan died Saturday, his foundation confirmed. He was 80. The Kofi Annan Foundation announced Annan died of a "short illness," but did not specify the ailment. "Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world," read a statement posted to Annan's Twitter account. "Du...
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Vladimir Putin attends Austrian foreign minister's wedding Vladimir Putin attends Austrian foreign minister's wedding
Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who has been criticised for inviting him. Mr Putin gave her presents and danced with her at the event in the southern Austrian province of Styria. Opposition politicians have accused Ms Kneissl of undermining EU foreign policy with her choice of guest. Mr Putin stopped in Austria on his w...
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Asian Games: Indonesia police kill dozens in criminal crackdown Asian Games: Indonesia police kill dozens in criminal crackdown
Indonesian police have fatally shot dozens of "petty criminals" in the lead up the 2018 Asian Games, rights group Amnesty International says. The group condemned the deaths, calling for an investigation into the "shoot first and ask questions later policy". At least 77 people have reportedly been shot dead since January, Amnesty said, with 31 deaths in police raids meant to clean up host cit...
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Genoa bridge collapse: 'Miracle escape' stories emerge Genoa bridge collapse: 'Miracle escape' stories emerge
Hair-raising stories of narrow escapes from the Italian motorway bridge collapse have emerged, two days after the disaster in Genoa. A salesman was saved by firefighters after his falling van got caught in the wreckage of the bridge, while his companion plunged to his death. At least 38 people died and 15 were injured when the bridge fell. Between 10 and 20 people may still be missing und...
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Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack
Thousands of people have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus last week. The mass burial took place in Saada, a northern stronghold of Houthi rebels. Crowds chanted in protest at Saudi Arabia, which backs the Yemeni government's fight against the group. The coalition initially said its actions were "legitimate", but later...
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French theme park deploys birds to collect litter French theme park deploys birds to collect litter
A theme park in France is set to deploy six "intelligent" birds to pick up rubbish and spruce up the grounds. The rooks at the Puy du Fou theme park in the west of the country have been taught to collect cigarette ends and other small bits of rubbish. They then deposit the litter into a small box which will deliver some bird food as a reward for their hard work. The first feathery cleaner...
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Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters Romanian police clash with anti-government protesters
Police have clashed with tens of thousands of anti-government protesters across Romania. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people, including many returning expats, turned out nationwide, media reports say. Protesters in the capital Bucharest threw bottles and paving slabs, while police used tear gas, pepper spray and even a water cannon. Around 100 protesters needed medical attention and 10 polic...
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Zimbabwe election crisis: MDC's Tendai Biti in court Zimbabwe election crisis: MDC's Tendai Biti in court
Zimbabwean opposition politician Tendai Biti has appeared in court in handcuffs on charges of inciting violence after he was deported from Zambia. Zambia's government rejected Mr Biti's request for asylum on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Mr Biti had been released on bail following his intervention. Prosecutors accuse Mr Biti of fuelling illegal protests by reject...
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