Chilean prosecutors say Church abuse investigations triple

(Reuters) – The number of cases of abuse in Chile’s Roman Catholic Church under investigation by prosecutors has more than tripled to 119 in the past month, the national prosecuting authority said on Friday. Among the 167 people under investigation are seven bishops and 96 priests, accused of unspecified abuses of 178 alleged victims, including 79 minors, the authority said. ...

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South Africa: The groups playing on the fears of a ‘white genocide’

Image copyright AFP Image caption White South Africans have held protests at home and abroad Taking a swipe at UK Prime Minister Theresa May as she struggled to dance with schoolchildren during her visit to South Africa this week, controversial British columnist Katie Hopkins tweeted: “Whites are being slaughtered in South Africa & inexplicably Appeaser May chooses to crucify herself”. ...

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U.S. funding cut is ‘flagrant assault’ against Palestinian people: Abbas spokesman

RAMALLAH (Reuters) – A U.S. decision to halt funding to a U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees was a “flagrant assault” against Palestinian people, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday. “The consecutive American decisions represent a flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of U.N. resolutions,” spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah told Reuters. “Such a punishment will ...

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Week in pictures: 25 – 31 August 2018

Our selection of some of the most striking news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Kim Hong-Ji/ Reuters Image caption A bride and groom check their phones during their mass wedding ceremony organised by the Unification Church in Gapyeong, South Korea. Some 1,000 couples were married on Monday, while another 3,000 couples renewed their vows. Image copyright ...

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HNA Group trims debt nearly 11 percent, or $11.6 billion, in first half

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s HNA Group HNAIRC.UL reduced its debt load in the first half of 2018 as the company sold off assets acquired under a high-profile acquisition spree helmed by its former chairman, according to the company’s latest financial report. A HNA Group logo is seen on the building of HNA Plaza in Beijing, China February 9, 2018. REUTERS/Jason ...

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In Israel visit, Philippines’ Duterte dogged by past rhetoric

MANILA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – When Rodrigo Duterte makes the first visit to Israel by a president of the Philippines next week, officials on both sides will try to play down his record of jarring invective while promoting commercial and military ties. FILE PHOTO – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation address at the House of Representatives in ...

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India says to help Nepal build rail link to Kathmandu

(This version of the August 31 story corrects paragraph 2 to clarify the agreement was signed by officials, not prime ministers) By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India will help Nepal construct a rail link between capital Kathmandu and an Indian border town for smoother movement of passengers and cargo to the landlocked Himalayan nation, which neighboring China is also ...

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