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  • Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

    The Vatican’s sex abuse investigator on Tuesday began a series of meetings in Chile with victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.

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  • Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

    Australia continued to work effectively with Cambodia, an Australian minister said on Wednesday after news that a murdered Cambodian political activist’s family had been accepted as refugees.

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  • Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

    The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement. Rebecca Johnson...

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  • George and Amal Clooney donate $500k to march against guns

    Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal Clooney, are donating $500,000 to students organizing nationwide marches against gun violence, and they say they'll also attend next month's planned protests. In a statement released Tuesday, the couple says they're inspired by the "courage and...

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  • MLB players honor Florida shooting victims, wear school hats

    Major League Baseball players will honor victims of last week's shooting in Florida by wearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hats at spring training games this week. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday all 30 teams will wear the school hats during pregame warmups for their...

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  • Judge approves shutdown of large California homeless camp

    Southern California authorities took steps Tuesday toward shutting down a large homeless encampment and relocating hundreds of tent-dwellers to motel rooms under a court-supervised deal with lawyers who sued to protect their rights. Scores of people hauling suitcases and pet dogs lined up...

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  • The Latest: West Point posthumously admits shooting victim

    The Latest on the deadly Florida high school shooting (all times local): 5:05 p.m. U.S. Military Academy officials say they have posthumously offered admission to a 15-year-old last seen holding open a door for other students during last week's school shooting in Florida. West Point...

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  • The Latest: Idaho senator who yelled at students not sorry

    The Latest on an Idaho lawmaker getting in a heated exchange with students (all times local): 2:10 p.m. An Idaho lawmaker who yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students said Tuesday his response was appropriate and has no plans to apologize. Republican state Sen. Dan Foreman...

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  • Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

    The Vatican’s sex abuse investigator has begun a series of meetings in Chile with abuse victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.

    Washington Post
  • Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

    The Vatican's sex abuse investigator has begun a series of meetings in Chile with abuse victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest. Pope Francis has strongly backed Bishop Juan Barros, who is...

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  • 17 Turks reach Greek island, to apply for asylum in Greece

    A group of Turks who reached a Greek island by dinghy from Turkey are seeking political asylum in Greece, authorities in Athens said Tuesday.

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  • Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

    Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return some $600,000 in conference revenue...

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  • Student shoots self in Ohio middle school, no one else hurt

    Police in Ohio say a 7th-grader apparently brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a bathroom. Investigators say no other students have been hurt and they don't know yet whether the shooting Tuesday morning was intentional. A school official says the student is being treated at...

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  • Ask Brianna: Is 4-year college right for you?

    "Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to...

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  • Rights groups want probe of civilians held by Myanmar army

    Rights groups are urging authorities in Myanmar to investigate and release information about two ethnic Kachin civilians believed to be held by soldiers in the country’s north, where fighting has raged between government forces and armed Kachin rebels.

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  • Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

    Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.

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  • Oxfam apologizes over handling of Haiti abuse scandal

    Oxfam's leadership apologized Tuesday for downplaying the significance of a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti and sought to stem the tide of cancelled donations. Addressing British lawmakers, Oxfam Great Britain CEO Mark Goldring apologized early and often for a lack of transparency and...

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  • Illinois man to get treatment after threatening Trump online

    An Illinois man will get mental health treatment and substance abuse counseling after pleading guilty to making online threats against President Donald Trump. Joseph Lynn Pickett of Edwardsville was also ordered to spend six months behind bars for the June threats, though he's already...

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  • Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list

    An Egyptian court on Tuesday added a detained Islamist politician to a list of wanted "terrorists" over his alleged links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. The South Cairo Criminal Court added Abdel-Monaem Abul Fetouh and 15 others to the list, which includes deposed President...

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  • Thai court gives Japanese man custody of 13 surrogate kids

    A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but leaving some basic questions unanswered. Mitsutoki...

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  • Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list

    An Egyptian court has added a detained Islamist politician to a list of wanted “terrorists” over his alleged links to the country’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

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  • Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

    Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. A day after Monday's government barrage, retaliatory shells rained down on the...

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  • Prosecutors: German angered by immigration attacked refugees

    Prosecutors in southwest Germany say a man who attacked and wounded three migrants with a knife apparently acted because he was angry about the government’s refugee policy.

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  • Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

    Australia has accepted the family of a murdered Cambodian political activist as refugees, a lawmaker said Tuesday, as the Australian government encourages its rejected refugees to resettle in Cambodia.

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