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Catholic bishops push for open discussion on divorce, gays at Vatican synod
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:02:00 GMTPope Francis leads the XVI Ordinary Meeting of the Synod of Bishops at the Synod Hall, Vatican City, on Oct. 5, 2015. (Photo: Ettore Ferrari, epa) VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The Vatican’s high-level meeting on the family continued Tuesday, with bishops ...
Former UN president reportedly accepted more than $500,000 in bribes
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:46:00 GMTFormer United Nations General Assembly President John Ashe accepted more than $500,000 in bribes from a Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople in exchange for help obtaining lucrative investments and government contracts, according to federal ...
In Germany, migrants' long journey turns to long waits
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:46:00 GMTBERLIN-- Each day hundreds of migrants line up outside the main registration center in Berlin to apply for asylum. Their long walk may be over, but their long wait has just begun. They take a number and wait to be called. Some have waited for weeks.
Burkina Faso General, Ex-Minister Charged Over Failed Coup
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:51:00 GMTThe general in charge of the failed coup in Burkina Faso last month has been formally charged, along with one other top official accused of supporting the overthrow of Burkina Faso's government. General Gilbert Diendere and Djibrill Bassole, a former ...
UK tourist fell to death while taking photo
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:37:00 GMTA British tourist who fell to her death from a cliff ledge in Australia was preparing to take a photo at the time of the tragedy. A tour company guided Zoe Woolmer, 23, and other tourists down to the popular spot at Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory ...
New generation of disillusioned Palestinians drives unrest
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:02:00 GMTPalestinians throw stones during clashes with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. A new generation of angry, disillusioned Palestinians is driving the current wave of clashes ...
Mystery of El Faro: Owner Says Engine Work, Speed, Age Not Factors
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:49:00 GMTThe owner of the 40-year-old cargo ship that stalled and was swallowed up by Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas said work was being done on the engine room during the doomed voyage — but that wasn't a factor in the vessel's mysterious power loss.
US welcomes delay of 'illegal' polls by Ukraine rebels
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:02:00 GMTWashington (AFP) - The United States welcomed the delay Tuesday of disputed "illegal" elections by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine, and noted that Kiev, Moscow and the rebels had begun withdrawing heavy weapons. The decision to push back the ...
Maldives Officials: Blast on President's Boat Was Assassination Attempt
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:15:00 GMTMaldives officials said Tuesday that last month's explosion aboard a boat carrying President Abdullah Yameen was an assassination attempt. Officials initially blamed the September 28 blast on a mechanical problem, but evidence turned up by forensics ...
Israel demolishes homes of Palestinian attackers; clashes persist
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:35:00 GMTIsraeli authorities Tuesday demolished the East Jerusalem homes of families related to two Palestinian men involved in attacking and killing Israelis and sealed off a third home belonging to relatives of another attacker. The demolitions came hours after ...
Why is Russia using ‘dumb bombs’ in Syria?
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:44:00 GMTRussia has made little use of precision-guided bombs during its young air campaign in Syria, a choice that experts say increases the chances that more civilians will be killed in the strikes and that a stray bomb hitting Turkey could bring other NATO ...
Doctors Without Borders Enraged Over 'Deliberate' Kunduz Hospital Bombing
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:04:00 GMTA top U.S. commander said Tuesday that the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan was accidental -- but the humanitarian group, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, claims otherwise. The hospital, the only one of its ...
Turkey reports another air confrontation on its Syria border
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:50:00 GMTEven as NATO called an emergency meeting Monday to denounce Russia’s repeated violations of Turkish airspace, another incident was unfolding, with Russian or Syrian forces threatening Turkish F-16 fighter jets as they conducted a routine patrol along the ...
Australian police arrest 5 over shooting 'linked to terrorism'
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:00:00 GMTSYDNEY, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Australian police arrested five people in raids on several homes in Sydney on Wednesday in their investigation of the murder last week of a police accountant that they said was "linked to terrorism". New South Wales police said ...
Pope Francis backs the new synod process in an unanticipated speech
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:43:00 GMTVatican City, Oct 6, 2015 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an unexpected speech at the synod on Tuesday, Pope Francis has stated that this gathering is in continuity with 2014 synod, which he said never called into question the Church's teaching on marriage.
Putin’s Dramatic Syria Move Raises Russian Profile, With Risks – Analysis
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:55:00 GMTRussian President Vladimir Putin is remaking the Middle East by boldly creating facts on the ground. The recent military buildup and the initial airstrikes against targets inside Syria mark Russia’s return as a major strategic actor for the first time ...
Surprised, angry and annoyed: Lukashenko doesn't want Russian air base in Belarus
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:06:00 GMTMINSK, Belarus — Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that Belarus doesn't want to host a Russian military air base, a statement that highlighted a strain between the two neighbors and allies. Lukashenko said that he knows nothing ...
The Problem With Using Chicago to Make the Case Against Gun Control
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:09:00 GMTIn the wake of Thursday’s mass shooting in Oregon, a familiar political pattern has emerged, with Democrats advocating for tougher gun laws and Republicans arguing that such legislation won't make a difference in curbing firearm deaths. To make the ...
Guatemala mudslide toll climbs to 171 dead: Official
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:09:00 GMTEmergency workers unearthed 10 more bodies from a landslide outside the Guatemalan capital, bringing the number of confirmed dead to 171, officials said on Tuesday. "So far, 171 bodies have been recovered," from the tonnes of sodden earth that buried some ...
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