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Pope acknowledges 2000-case backlog in sex abuse

We need to find the doors that are at least partly open, go in, and talk about things we have in common and go forward, step by step", he said. Pope Francis says the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and admits criticism of the slow pace is justified. [Full Article...]

Mets pondering best time to give Tim Tebow a promotion

Mets pondering best time to give Tim Tebow a promotion Tebow entered Friday's Fireflies game hitting.250 in 112 plate appearances. He's hitting.327 over his last 16 games. That represents the kind of progress many assumed he wouldn't make in this mid-career experiment. Lucie or perhaps the Double-A team in Binghamton. Tebow would likely draw quite well back in the Sunshine State. Even though Alderson seems to have shown support for Tebow, it does no... [Full Article...]

Hope for better China-South Korea relations after election

The 40-minute talks were arranged as Xi called Moon to congratulate him on his election victory this week. South Korea's first liberal leader in a decade, Mr Moon also said he would "sincerely negotiate" with the us, Seoul's top ally, and China, South Korea's top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced U.S. [Full Article...]

Trump's climate stance casts shadow over Arctic meeting

Trump's climate stance casts shadow over Arctic meeting Russia will take steps in order to create conditions for the indigenous peoples' participation in the Arctic Council's activities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Council's ministerial meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. At Thursday's meeting in Fairbanks, members signed a binding accord to better allow scientific researchers access to each others' Arctic waters. "We are focused o... [Full Article...]

What US-Russia crisis? Trump seeks closer ties in WH meeting

What US-Russia crisis? Trump seeks closer ties in WH meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson talk to reporters in the Treaty Room before heading into meetings at the State Department, May 10, 2017 , Washington, DC. When Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked how the firing might affect U.S. -Russia relations, Peskov replied , "We hope that it will not affect them at all". [Full Article...]

Duterte, ASEAN leaders pull back from South China Sea dispute

Duterte, ASEAN leaders pull back from South China Sea dispute Several countries have made competing claims over parts or all of South China Sea, including China, Taiwan and four ASEAN members which are the Philippines , Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. One ASEAN diplomat, who asked not to be named, confided that Manila wants to maintain good ASEAN-China relations amid the uncertainty of ASEAN-US ties. [Full Article...]

Korea challenges South's new leader

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has strongly condemned rival North Korea's missile test-launch as a "clear" violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and a "serious challenge" to worldwide peace and security. "With the missile impacting so close to Russian soil - in fact, closer to Russia than to Japan - the President can not imagine that Russia is pleased", the White House said, referring... [Full Article...]

North Korea test firing of missiles is a threat to International Peace

In June, Pyongyang was seen as having successfully launched an intermediate-range missile with a maximum flight altitude of 1,400 km. Analysts were still working to identify the kind of missile launched Sunday morning local time. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said China opposed the missile test as it violated United Nations Security Council resolutions, and called on all parties to exercise res... [Full Article...]

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyber attack

The malware program appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows first identified by the U.S. National Security Agency and later leaked in a series of stolen documents. "We have seen ransomware attacks against the NHS in the past including Barts Health Trust in January". Alan Woodward, visiting professor of computing at the University of Surrey, said there was evidence the ransomwa... [Full Article...]

Moon condemns N. Korean missile launch

North Korea's past long-range satellite launches have been called clandestine tests of ICBM technology, but it is not believed to have tested a true intercontinental ballistic missile yet. North Korea fired a ballistic missile Sunday in an apparent bid to test the South's new liberal president and the United States which have both signaled an interest in negotiations to ease months of tensions, Ag... [Full Article...]

BC Greens gain seats in 2017 provincial election

Similarly high proportions of voters would feel upset if the NDP were to govern in a majority (52 per cent) or minority (50 per cent) scenario. The Liberals would increase the carbon tax to $50 a tonne by 2020. It's the first time since the early 1950s that B.C. has voted in a minority government. The Liberals ran a campaign during this election that focused on economic growth and job creation, ... [Full Article...]

White House paints Yates as a 'political opponent'

White House paints Yates as a 'political opponent' Tapper was reacting to Yates' testimony Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she laid out the timeline of events between informing the president that Flynn was potentially compromised and the president deciding to seek Flynn's resignation. [Full Article...]

Clapper: Institutions 'under assault' including by Trump

Clapper categorically stated that USA institutions and other branches of the federal government are under assault internally. Garland was President Barack Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after Scalia's death past year. [Full Article...]

Regional ISIS leader Abdul Hasib killed in Afghan-US raid

The death of Abdul Haseeb Logari had been suspected after the April 27 raid on a compound in Nangarhar, a province in eastern Afghanistan , but officials said then that they were not certain. Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS , ISIL or Daesh, has been seeking to establish a caliphate inside Afghanistan through its local affiliate. The group only controls a relatively small amount of territ... [Full Article...]

North Korea vows revenge over failed attempt to poison Kim

Four US citizens are now being held in North Korea, a country with which the US has no diplomatic relations and has technically remained at war with since the 1950-53 Korean conflict. Jeffrey Fowle, 58, said he was forced to undergo "coached confessions" during which he was coerced into writing a statement of guilt. The new detainee, Kim Hak Song, has described himself as a Christian missionary wh... [Full Article...]

Ex-French PM Valls wants to be Macron candidate

It also announced that 11.5 percent of the votes had been either blank or spoiled, while just over 25 percent of the country's registered voters had abstained. She said her party would be turned into "a new political force", suggesting a possible rebranding of the National Front to further distance it from its sulfurous roots in the French extreme right. [Full Article...]

Russia says agrees with U.S. to implement Syria air agreement: agencies

Russia says agrees with U.S. to implement Syria air agreement: agencies He posed several questions that needed to be answered including "who is going to be ensuring they're safe?" Who is signing up for it? The channel added that the evacuation would continue for five days, but that rebels who chose to stay could do so if they registered with the government. [Full Article...]

Emmanuel Macron sworn-in as French President

Emmanuel Macron sworn-in as French President The 39-year-old will be the youngest French president in history when he takes over the reins from outgoing President Francois Hollande on Sunday, in a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris at 1800 AEST that will include a 21-gun salute. Then Macron will visit the Arc de Triomphe and the tomb beneath it of the unknown soldier, one of the millions who died as World War One raged a century ago. [Full Article...]

Pope says he'll seek common ground with Trump, won't preach

Pope says he'll seek common ground with Trump, won't preach Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on April 16. . Collins quit because of what she called the "unacceptable" resistance in the Vatican to implementing the group's proposals to better care for victims and protect children. [Full Article...]

North Korea carries out another ballistic missile test

Euan Graham, an expert on North Korea at Australia's Lowy Institute, said it seemed to be a self-defeating move by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told the Associated Press that the missile could have a range of 4,500 km had it been flown on a "standard" trajectory. [Full Article...]


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