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August 28, 2018

Lover or cover? The romance at the heart of an alleged Russian influence operation

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Maria Butina and Paul Erickson have encountered several challenges that have surely put their relationship to the test. Long distances. Money problems. Meeting the prospective in-laws. And now a federal investigation. A sudden arrest. And detention while Butina awaits a trial on charges of acting as a foreign agent that threatens to thrust their private lives into public view. But Butina’s attorney, Robert Driscoll, says that even in the face of government alleg..
August 27, 2018

Playful, rutting dolphin leads French mayor to close beaches to protect swimmers

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- A playful, rutting dolphin has led a mayor in northwest France to close beaches out of concern of a potential risk to swimmers. For weeks, the dolphin known to locals as Zafar has been staying along the shores of Brittany, playing with children and swimmers, according to local newspaper Le Télegramme. But the mayor of Landévennec, Roger Lars, said the male dolphin is rutting, behavior related to its being mating season. Some people who have interacted with the dolphi..
August 26, 2018

Pope Francis in Ireland addresses ‘pain and shame’ from church’s ‘failure’ over sex abuse

Charles McQuillan/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Pope Francis marked the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly four decades with a speech acknowledging the "failure" of the Catholic Church to address the "repugnant crimes" of clerical sexual abuse there, which he said has "rightly given rise to outrage." The pontiff made the remarks at a state reception during the first speech of his two-day trip to Ireland, about two hours after landing in Dublin on Saturday. He spoke in Italian before a large audie..
August 25, 2018

One year later, no end in sight for Rohingya crisis as enormous needs remain unmet

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The attacks on Aug. 25, 2017, seemed coordinated. Myanmar military units descended on Rohingya villages in what would become a massacre -- women and girls raped, men and boys executed and homes burned to the ground. The Rohingya, mostly women and children, came pouring over the border into Bangladesh in unrelenting waves in the world's fastest growing refugee crisis at the time, with over 700,000 making the deadly journey, the United Nations report..