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  • As crisis builds, pope will meet U.S. bishops over sex abuse scandal

    As crisis builds, pope will meet U.S. bishops over sex abuse scandal

    With the Catholic Church again in crisis, Pope Francis will meet Thursday at the Vatican with a delegation of U.S. bishops who are demanding tough measures be taken in response to a new wave of clerical sex abuse allegations. The Vatican said Tuesday that the delegation will be led by Cardinal...

  • Seventeen years after Sept. 11, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever

    Seventeen years after Sept. 11, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever

    In the days after Sept. 11, 2001, the United States set out to destroy Al Qaeda. President George W. Bush vowed to “starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest.” Seventeen years later, Al Qaeda may be stronger...

  • Swedish far-right is on the rise in national elections

    Swedish far-right is on the rise in national elections

    Sweden has long been seen as the model of an open, liberal country with low crime and a strong social welfare system. But a campaign dominated by immigration and law-and-order issues has helped propel the far-right Sweden Democrats to new electoral heights: Nearly 1 in 5 Swedish voters backed the...

  • Protesters across Russia rally against Kremlin plan to raise retirement age

    Protesters across Russia rally against Kremlin plan to raise retirement age

    Angered by a government plan to raise the age limit for retirement benefits, thousands of Russians protested in cities across the country Sunday in a rare show of unity against a Kremlin-backed reform. The first protests began in Russia’s Pacific regions and then quickly spread west across the...

  • North Korea stages a huge 70th-anniversary parade but holds back on advanced missiles

    North Korea stages a huge 70th-anniversary parade but holds back on advanced missiles

    North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units through Kim Il Sung Square in a major military parade on Sunday to mark its 70th anniversary, but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly half of the event to civilian efforts to build...

  • 'We're not criminals anymore': Indians revel in the repeal of a 157-year-old law banning gay sex

    'We're not criminals anymore': Indians revel in the repeal of a 157-year-old law banning gay sex

    She read in the morning paper that the decision was coming, so the 24-year-old master’s student skipped classes Thursday and came to the Supreme Court building flanked by two friends. As they heard the court’s landmark ruling that overturned India’s colonial-era ban on same-sex intercourse, the...

  • Big quake hits northern Japan, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing

    Big quake hits northern Japan, leaving 9 dead, 30 missing

    Japanese authorities rushed 25,000 military and police personnel to Hokkaido island in a massive rescue effort after a powerful earthquake triggered landslides and buried houses. Nine people were killed on the island in northern Japan and 31 were missing, as authorities warned of the possibility...

  • British security chief says Putin is responsible for nerve agent attack

    British security chief says Putin is responsible for nerve agent attack

    Britain's security minister said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin bears ultimate responsibility for the nerve agent attack targeting a former spy in England, also warning that the U.K. would counter Russian "malign activity" with both overt and covert measures. Ben Wallace said Putin,...

  • Kim Jong Un demands 'goodwill measures' as Koreas set summit

    Kim Jong Un demands 'goodwill measures' as Koreas set summit

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed faith in an increasingly embattled President Trump's efforts to settle a nuclear impasse even as he signaled frustration at outside skepticism about his disarmament intentions and demanded that his "goodwill measures" be met in kind, South Korean officials...

  • Pompeo tries to shore up a rocky relationship in brief visit to Pakistan

    Pompeo tries to shore up a rocky relationship in brief visit to Pakistan

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo used face-to-face meetings with Pakistani leaders on Wednesday to renew demands that they do more to stamp out Islamist militants and support a fledgling U.S. peace effort with the Taliban in Afghanistan. In a six-hour visit to Islamabad, Pompeo and Gen. Joseph...

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