Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to face multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago....
The Latest: Pope appreciates Pell's honesty, finance work
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Latest on Vatican Cardinal George Pell being charged with sex offenses in Australia (all times local):...
Key dates in Cardinal George Pell's life and church career
Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser, has been charged in his native Australia with multiple counts of "historical" sexual abuse, becoming the highest-ranking Vatican official ever charged in the church's long-running sexual abuse scandal. A look at the key events in Pell's life:...
Danish shipping firm says bulk of terminals are operational
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, one of the global companies hardest hit by a malicious software that crippled computers around the globe, says "the majority" of its terminals are "now operational."...
China defends prison care of ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu
BEIJING (AP) -- In the midst of a growing outcry, China appears to be responding to criticism that prison authorities failed to provide sufficient care to ailing Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying that he received regular health checks but nothing abnormal was detected until May....
China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of Beijing re-establishing sovereignty over the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities braced for protests....
US quietly publishes once-expunged papers on 1953 Iran coup
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Once expunged from its official history, documents outlining the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran have been quietly published by the State Department, offering a new glimpse at an operation that ultimately pushed the country toward its Islamic Revolution and hostility with the West....
Merkel before G20: Paris accord irreversible, not negotiable
BERLIN (AP) -- Europe is "more determined than ever" to make the Paris climate accord a success, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, and insisted that the deal is not negotiable while predicting difficult talks on the issue at next week's Group of 20 summit....
Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert granted early release from prison
JERUSALEM (AP) -- The parole board of Israel's Prison Service on Thursday granted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert early release from his 27-month corruption sentence, in perhaps the final chapter of a stunning fall from grace that forced him from office amid the last serious round of peace talks with the Palestinians....
Travel ban a blow to Sudan refugees awaiting US resettlement
CAIRO (AP) -- Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim nations, including Sudan....
Senate Republicans are delaying a vote on their Obamacare replacement bill until after July 4, as the party faces opposition from enough GOP members to block the measure. Democrats have accused Republicans of using the bill to cut taxes for wealthy Americans depriving health care to the most vulnerable through Medicaid cuts. However after meeting with Congressional Republicans President Trump sounded an optimistic tone saying "we're getting very close to striking a deal despite remaining disagreements that will solve Obamacare which is melting down”.
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