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U.S. Catholics ‘sickened’ by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

YORK, Pa. (Reuters) – Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic...

Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister’s wedding

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers...

Korean families separated by war to reunite briefly after 65 years

SEOUL/SOKCHO, South Korea (Reuters) – Some 180 families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War will be temporarily reunited in North Korea starting Monday after the two Koreas renewed exchanges this year following a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. The reunions, the first in three years, will take place in the North’s tourist...

Focus shifts to rescues as rain abates in India’s flood-hit Kerala

KOCHI, India (Reuters) – Torrential rain finally let up in India’s flood-hit Kerala state on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, but authorities feared an outbreak of disease among around 725,000 people crammed into relief camps. Incessant downpours since Aug. 8 have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern...

Series of quakes rocks Indonesia’s Lombok, causing panic

MATARAM, Indonesia (Reuters) – A series of quakes including a powerful 6.9 magnitude tremor struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing one person and causing others to rush out of buildings in panic. The quakes, which could be felt on the neighboring island of Bali, came two...

Tense calm on Brazil-Venezuelan border after anti-immigrant riot

PACARAIMA, Brazil (Reuters) – Fearful Venezuelan immigrants lined up in smaller numbers to enter Brazil on Sunday at the only border crossing between the two countries one day after violent protests by Brazilian residents drove hundreds back across the frontier. The Brazilian army, which reinforces security at the Pacaraima border post, said 1,200 Venezuelans, including...

Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage amid heavy rains

ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – As more than 2 million pilgrims from around the world braved stormy weather in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to begin the annual haj ritual, the country’s health minister said there was no sign of any outbreaks of disease. Worshippers arrived in the kingdom last week for the five-day ritual –...

Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and a northern province. Taliban sources said their leaders had also provisionally agreed a four-day truce during the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, though...

Bodies of family found five days after Genoa bridge collapse, death toll hits 43

MILAN (Reuters) – Rescue workers found the bodies of three members of a family in the wreckage of Genoa’s collapsed motorway bridge early on Sunday – the last people reported missing in the disaster, bringing the death toll to 43. The bodies were recovered from a car crushed under slabs of concrete, the Genoa prefecture...

Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

KOROR, Palau (Reuters) – Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan. Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination due...

New Pakistan PM Khan calls for austerity; wants bullet-proof cars sold

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Sunday for the rich to start paying taxes and said the country will begin an austerity drive to reduce debt, a campaign he will kick-start by selling his office’s fleet of bullet-proof cars. In his first address to the nation as premier, Khan set...

Desperate Venezuelans defy Ecuador’s passport rules and cross border

IPIALES, Colombia (Reuters) – Dozens of furious Venezuelan migrants fleeing economic misery in Venezuela for a new life elsewhere on Sunday defied rules requiring they hold a valid passport to cross the border from Colombia into Ecuador, and authorities appeared to be allowing it. Hundreds of desperate people who traveled days from Venezuela, mostly by...

Rain abates in India’s flood-hit Kerala, fears of disease in camps

KOCHI, India (Reuters) – A deluge in India’s flood-stricken southwestern state of Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among two million people crammed into relief camps. Incessant rains since Aug. 8 have caused the state’s worst floods in a century,...

Australia boosts aid by A$1.8 billion for drought-hit farmers

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s federal government announced on Sunday a A$1.8-billion (1.03 billion pounds)increase in funding for drought-afflicted farmers, with parts of the country’s east coast suffering the driest conditions in living memory. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged the support, in addition to the A$576 previously announced, during a visit to Forbes, a town in...

Mexico investigates deaths of over 100 endangered sea turtles

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican officials are investigating the recent deaths of more than 100 endangered sea turtles in a sanctuary in the south of the country, the government said on Saturday. A total of 113 turtles were found dead between July 24 and Aug. 13 in the Puerto Arista sanctuary in the municipality of...

Venezuelan migrants’ dreams of new life dashed by Ecuador passport rule

IPIALES, Colombia (Reuters) – Tears welled up in Gabriel Malavolta’s eyes on Saturday as he realized his dream of a new life in Peru was over, at least for now. The 50-year-old mechanic fled Venezuela three days ago. He had hoped to make the overland crossing into Ecuador and then on to Lima, saying the...

Cossacks and flowers as Putin dances at Austrian minister’s wedding

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin danced arm-in-arm with Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding on Saturday, after receiving an invitation that opposition critics said undermined the West’s stance against Moscow. Putin arrived in a car carrying a bouquet of flowers and accompanied, local media said, by a troupe of Cossack singers...

Trans students: A test of identity for U.S. girls schools

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Secondary schools for girls across the United States are grappling with a difficult and increasingly common question: what is the best approach when a student or applicant no longer identifies as female or is going through a gender transition? As students who are openly transgender or non-binary – those who identify...

Nigeria’s President Buhari to return from leave, allaying health fears

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will return from leave on Saturday, a presidential aide said, easing concerns over the leader’s health in the run-up to elections in early 2019. “President @MBuhari will return today after his 10 working days vacation,” Bashir Ahmad wrote on Twitter. Buhari, flying home from London, is campaigning to...

More heavy rains likely in India’s Kerala as flood death toll jumps

KOCHI, India (Reuters) – India deployed thousands of soldiers and dozens of helicopters to rescue people marooned by the worst floods in a century in the southern state of Kerala, where the death toll of 186 people as of Saturday could rise fast as rains continue. The weather office warned of more heavy “red” category...

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