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Inquiry Finds That At Least 547 Boys Were Abused at German Catholic Music School

For decades, a “culture of silence” pervaded a Catholic music school where the brother of a future pope directed a renowned boys’ choir, contributing to an environment in which at least 547 children were abused, a lawyer who carried out an investigation of the mistreatment said on Tuesday. (more…)

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Scores Found Guilty in Thailand of Organizing Human Trafficking Ring

A court in Thailand on Wednesday convicted scores of defendants accused of organizing a human-trafficking ring that enslaved hundreds of people, dozens of whom were found buried in a mass grave near a secret jungle camp in which they had been imprisoned, tortured and held for ransom. (more…)

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New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Palestinians Near Temple Mount

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. (more…)

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France’s Armed Forces Chief Resigns After Dispute With Macron Over Defense Budget Cuts

France's armed forces chief resigned on Wednesday in a dispute with Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts, an early test of the newly elected president's mettle and the tough presidential style he is cultivating. (more…)

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Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo credit: REUTERS)

On Open Mic, Netanyahu Heard Bashing EU and Obama Administration; Admits to a ‘Dozen Strikes’ Against Iran in Syria

Recordings of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacking the European Union, bashing former US President Barack Obama and admitting to previous Israeli strikes against Iranian-backed groups in the region were leaked Wednesday to the shock of the public and to the dismay of the premier. (more…)

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Indian Priest Kidnapped By Islamic Militants Is Still Alive, Yemeni Official Says

A top Yemeni official has declared that Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian priest kidnapped by Islamic militants during an attack on a Missionaries of Charity retirement home in March of 2016, is still alive despite previous reports of his deteriorating health. (more…)

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Separatists Proclaim New State in Eastern Ukraine That Aims to Replace Entire Country

Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to play down the announcement, saying it was merely part of public discussion. (more…)

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Nearly 40,000 Evacuated as Wildfires Rage Through British Columbia

Wildfires are spreading rapidly across the Canadian province of British Columbia, so far eluding firefighters and forcing some 40,000 people from their homes. And with no rain in the forecast until Thursday, Canadian officials fear the fires currently raging will worsen before they can battle back the blazes. (more…)

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Venezuelan Opposition Calls For Strike, US Threatens Action Against Maduro if Referendum is Ignored

Venezuela's opposition called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans to rewrite the constitution while the United States threatened "strong and swift economic actions" against his socialist administration if it ignores the will of voters in a referendum. (more…)

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Russian Republic of Chechnya Becoming Major Player in Rebuilding of Syria

Russia's mostly Muslim republic of Chechnya is becoming a major player in rebuilding war-ravaged Syria. And ordinary Chechens are likely to foot the bill, with many of them being forced to make contributions or face the possibility of exile or death, human rights activists say. (more…)

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