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Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row
News ImagePoland's prime minister on Monday cancelled Warsaw's participation in a Jerusalem summit, accusing an Israeli minister of "racist" comments about the actions of Poles during the Holocaust, further souring relations between the two nations. Mateusz Morawiecki's decision to scotch Poland's involvement in the summit of central European nations comes after the latest salvo in a long row between Poland and Israel over history.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:41:33 -0500
Politicians squabble over who is to blame for Amazon decision to ditch New York
Politicians squabble over who is to blame for Amazon decision to ditch New YorkPoliticians bickered Sunday over who is to blame after Amazon canceled second headquarters in New York.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:22:36 -0500
The Latest: Aid group says 62 die fleeing IS in Syria
News ImageBEIRUT (AP) The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:52:54 -0500
Pope's credibility 'on the line' as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy
News ImageVictims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. It is the biggest effort so far to address scandals that have eroded faith in the Catholic Church in the US, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere. Theres going to be every effort to close whatever loopholes there are, said Charles Scicluna, an archbishop from Malta who is one of the organisers of the summit. This is a new day in terms of transparency. Bishops are going to be held accountable. My hope is that people see this as a turning point. Members of the survivors' group Ending Clergy Abuse in front of St Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP But victims groups are furious that it has taken this long for the Church to organise such a high-profile meeting, pointing out that is has been 17 years since the Boston sex abuse scandal, which lifted the lid on the problem in the Church. They accuse Pope Francis of failing to clearly decree that priests, and the bishops who protect them, should be reported to the police, prosecuted and sent to jail if found guilty of abuse. They say the Vatican has had years to set out clear guidelines to every diocese in the world, instructing them to hand over to the civil authorities any priest accused of abusing children. It has not done so. Pope Francis has been talking about zero tolerance ever since he was elected. Its time to deliver on that promise, said Peter Isely, from Ending Clergy Abuse, a victims support group. There needs to be a universal law for the Church around the world if you are a priest who rapes or sexually assaults a child, then you are going to be removed from the priesthood. And you are going to be turned over to the authorities and prosecuted and imprisoned. Peter Isely, founding member of Ending Clergy Abuse, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP Survivors of sex abuse are tired of the years of empty rhetoric and lack of action coming from the Vatican. Weve been waiting a long time. Weve waited too long. This is a historic moment. This has never happened before in the history of the Catholic Church. The Pope has acknowledged that this is a global problem in the Church and thats important. He now has to deliver, said Mr Isely, speaking in front of St Peters Basilica. They can do something in the next few days that could save a child somewhere in the world from undergoing what we went through as children these horrible, horrific, terrible crimes. PeterSaunders, a British victim of sex abuse by priests, said: This pope is the best public relations pope of our lifetime. He is very media savvy. But his credibility on this issue has been blown away. The Vatican made Mr Saunders a member of a special commission for the protection of children, but he resigned in protest at how little progress the body made, saying it was starved of funding. Around a dozen survivors have been invited to meet the Pope during the conference. What we need is action. We need to have a real conversation about this - why is there not zero tolerance for priests who have assaulted children? Whats the hold-up? Whats the problem? said Mr Isely. The Vatican insists that this time, it means business. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, is one of the organisers of the summit Credit: AP/Gregorio Borgia Its going to be a rallying moment, said Cardinal Blas Cupich from Chicago, another organiser of the conference. We want to make sure that bishops claim ownership of the problem. Archbishop Scicluna vowed that the days ofomerta the code of silence which normally refers to the mafia were over. Whether you call itomertaor a state of denial, its a no-go. We need to face the facts.This is not the end game but we are going to do everything possible to make people accountable. On Saturday, Pope Francis defrocked an American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, for historical sexual abuse allegations. The 88-year-old, a former archbishop of Washington, is the most senior Catholic figure to be dismissed from the priesthood in modern times.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:58:30 -0500
How many push-ups can you do? Study finds men who can do 40 have lower risk of heart disease
How many push-ups can you do? Study finds men who can do 40 have lower risk of heart diseaseActive, middle-aged men who could do more than 40 push-ups in timed test had significantly lower risks for heart problems, according to a new study.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:02:45 -0500
Man awarded 120m in compensation from Ford after being paralysed in car accident
News ImageAn Alabama jury has awarded $151.8m (117.4m) to a young man paralyzed in a 2015 rollover accident involving a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, Ford and lawyers in the case said on Sunday. The jury awarded $100m in punitive damages and the rest in compensatory damages after finding that the 1998 Ford Explorer did not meet the companys own safety guidelines, according to a court document seen by Reuters and lawyers for plaintiff Travaris Tre Smith. The document, released on Friday, said Ford acted wantonly in designing the vehicle.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:02:00 -0500
The New Ford Focus ST Looks Awesome and Makes 276 Horsepower
News ImageIt's not too late for Ford to change its mind about bringing this hot hatch to America, is it?
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:00:00 -0500
Trump's choice for U.N. ambassador withdraws: State Department
News ImageU.S. President Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn from consideration for the job for family reasons, the State Department said on Saturday. Nauert was State Department spokeswoman when Trump chose her for the U.N. position after working as a host for the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 03:26:35 -0500
Heres Whats Open and Closed on Presidents Day 2019
News ImageFind out if banks, schools and the post office are open on President's day
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:23:49 -0500
Iran takes aim at 'hateful' Pence comments
News ImageIran's foreign minister on Sunday launched a blistering attack on US Vice President Mike Pence, saying his allegations that Tehran was plotting a "new Holocaust" were "hateful" and "ignorant". Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference that Pence's demands for the EU to follow the US in abandoning the 2015 Iran nuclear deal amounted to asking Europe to undermine its own security.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 06:15:55 -0500
Aurora shooting victims: What we know about those killed in Henry Pratt warehouse shooting
News ImageFive employees were fatally shot when a gunman opened fire Friday inside a sprawling manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:35:36 -0500
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Celebrated Amazon Pulling Out of New YorkBut the Governor Says It Cost the City 25,000 Jobs
News ImageThe spat between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Gov. Andrew Cuomo lays bare a growing divide over Amazon's decision to pull out of New York City.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:03:37 -0500
The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'
News ImageVATICAN CITY (AP) The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):
Sat, 16 Feb 2019 18:21:31 -0500
Southwest Airlines under FAA investigation for aircraft weight, balance calculations
News ImageThe investigation began in February 2018, and there have been nofines nor enforcement action from the investigation to date.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:51:34 -0500
Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria
News ImageLONDON (AP) The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 18:02:03 -0500
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