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Pope charmed by ‘undisciplined’ disabled child

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Pope Francis praised the freedom — albeit “undisciplined” — of a disabled child who climbed onto the stage last weektobreaking news to play during the pontiff’s general audience. Read More

Mexico’s new leader says military essential to fight crime

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first full day in office today to double down on promises to deploy Mexico’s military for public security to address a key concern: stemming rampant violence and rising murders. Read More

Damaging police report looms over Netanyahu re-election bid

Israeli police today recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a growing collection of legal troubles that have clouded the longtime leader’s prospects for pursuing re-election next year. Read More

Worst riot in a decade engulfs Paris

Protesters angry about rising taxes and the high cost of living clashed with French riot police on Saturday, who closed off some of the city’s most popular tourist areas and fired tear gas and water cannon as they tried to quell the mayhem in the streets. Read More
 

125 women and girls raped, whipped and clubbed in South Sudan

Sexual violence has been widespread in South Sudan’s civil war, and even under a recent peace deal humanitarians have warned of higher rates of sexual assault as growing numbers of desperate people try to reach aid. Read More
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Belgian police, protesters clash in Brussels over high taxes

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Police and hundreds of yellow jacket protesters upset over high taxes and living costs clashed today in Brussels. Dozens were detained as the grassroots movement that started in France two weeks ago gained traction in Belgium. Read More
 
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Saudi prince gets chummy, stern receptions at G-20 summit

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All eyes were on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Group of 20 summit today as he made his first major overseas appearance since the killing of a dissident journalist in his country’s consulate in Istanbul. Read More

Vatican enters European bank system in new sign of progress

The Vatican has made more progress in its path to greater financial transparency by securing approval to join the European banking system that harmonizes electronic payments across the continent. Read More

Cuba says the U.S. is unfairly denying diplomatic visas

Cuba today accused the Trump administration of unfairly denying visas to diplomats assigned to work at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, which Cuban officials called part of a broader move to undo former President Barack Obama’s opening with the island. Read More

China halts work by team on gene-edited babies

China’s government ordered a halt today to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared that it’s still too soon to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations. Read More

China’s electric vehicle monitoring raises surveillance fear

More than 200 manufacturers, including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and U.S.-listed electric vehicle start-up NIO, transmit position information and dozens of other data points to government-backed monitoring centers. Read More
 

Belgium investigates doctors who euthanized autistic woman

Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanized a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalized in 2002 in the European nation. Read More

U.S. airstrike reportedly kills dozens of Afghan civilians

Today’s attack in eastern Kabul took place when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and other insurgents started a gun battle with security forces in the area, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. Read More

EU executive wants bloc to go climate neutral by 2050

The European Union’s executive branch proposed that the bloc should cut its emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, a measure that scientists say needs to be adopted worldwide in order to avoid catastrophic global warming. Read More

Report faults safety failures, defects in Lion Air crash

Pilots fought against an automated system that pitched a Boeing jetliner’s nose down repeatedly because of a faulty sensor until they finally lost control and plunged into the Java Sea last month, Indonesian investigators said. Read More

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