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February 26, 2019

Top Vatican official’s sex abuse conviction latest blow to embattled Roman Catholic Church

Asanka Brendon Ratnayake / AFP(NEW YORK) -- The revelation that a Catholic cardinal in Australia was convicted of molesting boys marks the most senior member of the church to face prison time for sexual abuse. The charges against Cardinal George Pell -- who was not only a major figure in Australia's Catholic church but also a close adviser to Pope Francis -- were not publicly released until Tuesday because of a law in the country's court system. In December, he was convicted of molesti..
February 26, 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu faces blowback after partnering with racist party

MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images(TEL AVIV, Israel) -- Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu faced sharp, albeit indirect, criticism from two major U.S. Jewish organizations, the American Jewish Committee and American Israel Public Affairs Committee, after he encouraged a political deal that promotes the far-right, anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist party Otzma Yehudit aka Jewish Power. It's Netanyahu's efforts to strengthen the fragmented Israeli political right ahead of the April 9 general electi..
February 26, 2019

Japan watches from sidelines ahead of Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam

Bunyos/iStock(TOKYO) -- Japan was once called the United States' closest ally "bar none," but as negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang begin on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Tokyo's current role is watching Vietnam talks from the sidelines. The island nation has taken a harder stance against North Korea than the U.S., based on historical differences, numerous regional missile tests by Pyongyang across the Sea of Japan and kidnappings of Japanese nationals. Japanes..
February 26, 2019

Maduro accuses US government of fabricating crisis to start war in South America

ABC News(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused the U.S. government of trying to fabricate a crisis to start a war in South America in his first interview with an American television network in years. "Everything that the United States government has done has been doomed to failure," Maduro told ABC News' Tom Llamas in Spanish from the presidential palace in Caracas. "They are trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and a military i..