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Pope Apologizes To Abuse Victims, But Defends Chile Bishop

(AP) – Pope Francis is apologizing for insisting that victims of pedophile priests show “proof,” saying he realizes now it was a “slap in the face” to victims that he never intended. But he doubled down in defending Chilean bishop Juan Barros, who is accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious […]

Pence To Give Keynote Speech To Israel Lawmakers

(AP) – Vice President Mike Pence has arrived at Israel’s parliament to deliver the keynote speech of his two-day visit that was part of a Mideast trip. Pence signed the Knesset guest book on Monday and laid a wreath for the fallen soldier at its entrance plaza. Pence has received a warm welcome in Israel, […]

50 Years After Key Vietnam Battles, Mattis Seeks Closer Ties

(AP) – A half-century after the Tet Offensive punctured American hopes of victory in Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win. He’s looking for incremental progress as partners in a part of the world that the Pentagon has identified as vital for the U.S. […]

Italian Who As Child Survived Auschwitz Given A Top Honor

(AP) – A woman who was one of the few Italian children to survive deportation to a Nazi death camp has been made a senator-for-life in Italy.  President Sergio Mattarella’s office said Friday that he chose Liliana Segre for the honor because she had made the nation proud with her social commitment. For decades, Segre, […]

Pope Decries Sterilization Campaigns In Peru

(AP) – Pope Francis is criticizing sterilization campaigns that have targeted indigenous people during a speech to Amazonian communities in Peru.  It’s a topic likely to strike a chord in a country where more than 300,000 women were sterilized during the 1990-2000 government of former President Alberto Fujimori. Officials said back then that the campaign […]

Pence Has Long Pushed For Trump Policies On Israel

(AP) – Vice President Mike Pence’s is heading to Israel following significant policy shifts by the Trump administration. Pence will arrive after President Donald Trump made moves on two key issues that have long been top priorities for Pence: designating Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians. Pence will be holding four days […]

Mexican Police Discover Human Remains Of 33 People

(Nayarit, Mexico) — Police in Mexico say officers found more than two dozen peoples’ remains buried in three pits. Yesterday, Mexico City newspaper “El Universal” reported so far, the remains of 33 people have been found inside the crude holes in the ground. The remains were buried on a sugar cane plantation near the town […]

Puerto Rico Issues Over 100 Warrants For Alleged Drug Ring

(AP) – Authorities in Puerto Rico have issued more than 100 arrest warrants for suspects they say ran a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring tied to more than 30 killings. Officials say over 20 people have been arrested as of Thursday morning. Forty-eight of the suspects are in Puerto Rico, 24 on the U.S. mainland and […]

US Ambassador To UN Chides North Korea, Iran, Syria

(AP) – The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the regimes that most threaten the world today with weapons of mass destruction – North Korea, Iran and Syria – also deny their people human rights, promote conflict and regional instability and “aid terrorists and militant groups.” Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council Thursday […]

Israel Digs Deep To Thwart Tunnel Threat From Gaza Strip

(AP) – The Israeli military says a secretive project to build an underground wall along the border with Gaza is proving to be a deterrent against militant attack tunnels from the Palestinian territory. In a briefing to reporters at the border Thursday, the military says the wall extends hundreds of feet below ground and is […]