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The Vatican Thursday altered the Catechism's wording on the permissibility of the death penalty , which the Church teaches is legitimate in extreme cases, stating it is " inadmissible ", and its elimination will be sought. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has changed Church teaching about the death sentence. Amnesty International, which has long campaigned for a worldwide ban on the death penalty , welcomed the development as an "important step forward".
  • Five dead in Southern California plane crash

    Five dead in Southern California plane crash

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    Another was 29-year-old Nasim Ghanadan, who saw Hakimi as a mentor in the real estate industry, Ghanadan's brother said. "Our entire Pacific Union family is mourning the loss of our colleagues, family and friends", CEO Mark McLaughlin said in a statement.
  • President Kiir, all opposition leaders sign governance agreement

    President Kiir, all opposition leaders sign governance agreement

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    South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in June. The deal is created to pave the way for a final peace accord that will give President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar three months to form a transitional government which will hold power for 36 months.
  • Star witness Rick Gates testifies against former boss Paul Manafort

    Star witness Rick Gates testifies against former boss Paul Manafort

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    Experts have billed Gates as the star witness in the tax evasion and bank fraud trial that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is prosecuting against Manafort who is facing 18 counts of tax evasion. The jury has heard how Manafort made tens of millions of dollars for work with pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. After that, Gates sent her a document dated March 6, 2014, that purported to represent a $900,000 loan from a Cyprus entity, Telmar Limited, to Manafort's company.
  • Basic income program cut 'devastating' for recipients

    Basic income program cut 'devastating' for recipients

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    Lisa Macleod , Ontario's minister of social services, called the province's basic income program "broken" and said it's costing taxpayers too much money. "It's possible there may even be an increase in demand for social assistance because of it". Basic income programs give people "the ability to have some security, to have some autonomy, to have the feeling that you're in control, that you are making decisions that are best for your life, not some bureaucracy that thinks it knows best", she ...
  • Trump says it 'doesn't matter' if Iran meets with him

    Trump says it 'doesn't matter' if Iran meets with him

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    Pompeo said it would require "enormous change" by Iran to get out from under renewed us sanctions. The sanctions, which will target Iran's central bank and make it hard for the country to conduct worldwide business, including the exportation of oil and minerals, were lifted when Tehran signed the global nuclear deal in 2015 and agreed to dismantle most of its nuclear production facilities.
  • At least 20 dead in strikes on Yemen's Hodeida

    At least 20 dead in strikes on Yemen's Hodeida

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    Ahmed Yehia, who witnessed the attack, said body parts were scattered in the area of the strike. Concerned by the rise of the Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states launched a military offensive in 2015 in the form of a massive air campaign aimed at reinstalling the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
  • President Changes Story About Trump Tower Meeting

    President Changes Story About Trump Tower Meeting

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    In the Twitter message, Trump claims that the meeting was "totally legal" and is "done all the time in politics". "I'm sure, I'm sure I did", Trump Jr. Also, Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed that there was a preparation meeting that occurred between Trump's campaign team on June 7th, the same day as the speech announcement.
  • Warning as extreme heatwave expected across Europe

    Warning as extreme heatwave expected across Europe

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    Heat warnings have been issued for 41 of Spain's 50 provinces as temperatures are expected to reach up to 45C. The national record is 47.4C (117.3F). And over in Britain, an unusually long, torrid summer has taken its toll on the country's flowers.
  • Old-time plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

    Old-time plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

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    Police have confirmed the crash, saying in a tweet that it occurred on the western side of the mountain Piz Segna (top picture) at about 2,540 meters (8,333 feet) above sea level on Saturday. Andreas Tobler, Grisons canton chief of police said there was "no longer any hope of finding anyone alive". The plane was flying the passengers back from a two-day trip to Locarno in southern Switzerland to its base at Duebendorf, near Zurich .
  • Maduro says foes used explosive drones to try to kill him

    Maduro says foes used explosive drones to try to kill him

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    State television Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech, causing hundreds of soldiers present to break ranks and scatter. Mr Maduro "came out of it completely unharmed and at this moment is carrying out his normal duties and is in permanent contact with senior political officials, with ministers and with senior military chiefs", Mr Rodriguez said.
  • Turkish lira skids past 5 to dollar on US sanctions move

    Turkish lira skids past 5 to dollar on US sanctions move

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    It said they played leading roles in organisations responsible for the arrest and detention of Andrew Brunson , an evangelical Christian pastor who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is facing an "economic war" after the lira hit a fresh record low against the dollar amid rising tensions with Washington.
  • Rep. Gabbard Attends Ceremony Honoring Return of Servicemen Remains

    Rep. Gabbard Attends Ceremony Honoring Return of Servicemen Remains

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    Trump also took to Twitter earlier to praise an "incredibly lovely ceremony" in Hawaii , where Vice President Mike Pence helped welcome the remains to the United States. It was not the first time US intelligence clashed with the president's optimism. The Washington Post reported on Monday that North Korea appeared to be building one or two new liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles at the large research facility on the outskirts of Pyongyang, citing unidentified officials ...
  • Israeli, Jordanian Forces Kill ISIS Fighters Trying to Cross From Southern Syria

    Israeli, Jordanian Forces Kill ISIS Fighters Trying to Cross From Southern Syria

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    Asked whether Israel should be less wary of possible flare-ups on the Golan - much of which it seized from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed in a move not recognised overseas - Lieberman said: "I believe so". Syrian air defenses have destroyed a "hostile target" near the capital Damascus, state media say . Israeli jets also reportedly targeted Iranian military assets stationed in the Arab republic, killing Iranian military personnel south of Damascus and sparking outrage from Tehran.
  • National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

    National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

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    In a letter to Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley , the National Archives and Records Administration, said the requested material from Judge Kavanaugh's time working in government would exceed 900,000 pages. However, it should be possible to get the documents to Senators much more quickly than the Archives review process permits. "I really want to thank the Democrats who have stood up for Judge Kavanaugh", Hatch told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
  • The NRA's Convenient Hypocrisy On 3D-Printed Plastic Guns

    The NRA's Convenient Hypocrisy On 3D-Printed Plastic Guns

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    On Tuesday evening, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed , forcing it to halt downloads of the files. Separately, attorneys general in 21 states urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday to withdraw from the settlement with Defence Distributed, saying it "creates an imminent risk to public safety".
  • Firefighters in California gain ground on deadly Carr Fire

    Firefighters in California gain ground on deadly Carr Fire

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    The two major fire fronts are the Carr fire, which has, as of Friday US time, burned through approximately 50,926 hectares and is approximately 35 per cent contained, and the Ranch fire , which now covers around 30,306 hectares are is approximately 33 per cent contained.
  • Trump marks Kelly's one-year mark as departure rumors swirl

    Trump marks Kelly's one-year mark as departure rumors swirl

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    The 68-year-old, who replaced the embattled Reince Priebus last July, would become one of the longest-serving White House chiefs of staff should he take Trump up on the offer. Kelly has improved Trump's White House, his allies say, but his influence is limited by some pretty fundamental differences in temperament and habit - Trump constantly watches Fox News and tweets while Kelly "rarely watches television and doesn't follow Twitter ", Politico says .
  • Australia, Japan join U.S. infrastructure push in Asia

    Australia, Japan join U.S. infrastructure push in Asia

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    Pompeo announced that the us would be investing $113 million in new initiatives in the "Indo-Pacific". In addition to Pompeo's remarks, the US, Japan and Australia also announced a trilateral investment partnership, a move seen as an attempt to counter China's growing investment in the region.
  • Trump Tweets: Robert Mueller has conflict of interest

    Trump Tweets: Robert Mueller has conflict of interest

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    After Mueller's appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, the Department of Justice determined there was not an ethics conflict for Mueller in the investigation. "Also, why is Mueller only appointing Angry Dems, some of whom have worked for Crooked Hillary, others, including himself, have worked for Obama.And why isn't Mueller looking at all of the criminal activity & real Russian Collusion on the Democrats side-Podesta, Dossier?" He also said the charges ...