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September 5, 2018

Catholic Church still officially silent after accusations by former Vatican envoy

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Pope Benedict greeted the faithful under sunny skies in St. Peter’s square at his weekly general audience on Wednesday, but made no mention of scandals that have dominated the headlines. The church has not provided any clarification on who knew what and when about the sexual assault allegations, 10 days after the release of an 11-page report from the former Vatican Ambassador to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. The report accused a number of high ranking chur..
September 5, 2018

UK Parliament set to vote on whether ‘upskirting’ is a hate crime

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday on whether "upskirting" constitutes a hate crime in the United Kingdom. The term “upskirting” refers to the act of taking a photograph underneath someone’s skirt or dress without prior consent. Though already illegal in Scotland, the proposed bill will make the offense punishable by a maximum sentence of two years in prison in England and Wales, according to The Guardian. Two-thirds of girls and women in the U.K. ages 14 to..
September 5, 2018

South Korean envoy delivers president’s letter to the North’s Kim Jong Un

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- South Korea’s special envoy visited Pyongyang Wednesday, meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and hand-delivering a letter from the South’s president. South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special delegation, led by top security adviser Chung Eui-yong, left Seoul early in the morning for the one-day trip to Pyongyang. "The special envoy met with Chairman Kim Jong Un to deliver the personal letter [from Moon] and exchange their opinions," Seoul's presidential office..
September 5, 2018

British government names two Russian nationals as suspects in Salisbury poisonings

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British police Wednesday named two suspects, both Russian nationals, in the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury in March, with the British prime minister calling the men Russian intelligence agents. "This was not a rogue operation," Prime Minister Theresa May said of the two suspects believed to be part of the GRU, Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate. Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are wanted for alleged conspiracy to commit ..