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Polish PM nixes trip to Israel after Netanyahu Holocaust 'comment': govt
News ImagePolish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled a visit to Israel for a high-level summit, a government spokesperson told AFP on Sunday, after uproar in Poland over reported comments by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu about the Poles and the Holocaust. Netanyahu -- who was initially quoted in Haaretz newspaper as saying that "The Poles collaborated with the Nazis" -- has been condemned in Poland for appearing to accuse all Polish people of cooperating with Germany during World War II. Warsaw has long been at pains to point out that Poland, which was occupied by Nazi Germany, could not have and did not collaborate in the Holocaust although individual Poles may have done so.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:11:09 -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
U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'
News ImageThe fate of foreign fighters who joined Islamic State, as well as of their wives and children, has become more pressing in recent days as U.S.-backed fighters plan an assault to capture the last enclave of the group's self-styled Caliphate. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday European countries must do more to take them back or "we will be forced to release them". It's not clear to me how all that can be guaranteed." Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of foreign relations in the region held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said authorities there were holding some 800 foreign fighters.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:18:08 -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
A Small Group of Labour Politicians Could Quit the Party Over Brexit Tensions
News ImageSpeculation of a break-away intensified on Monday when it emerged that some Labour members of Parliament will be holding a joint event on the future of British politics in London. Politicians touted in the media as being on the verge of quitting the party include Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, and Luciana Berger. Backbench lawmaker Stephen Kinnock said on BBC Radio late Saturday a Labour split was almost inevitable.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 04:03:59 -0500
Fast-moving storm will bring pockets of heavy rain to Southland on Sunday
News ImageA fast-moving storm system is expected to bring heavy rain to parts of the Southland while dumping several inches of snow in the mountains.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:58:08 -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
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
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
Saudi official fires back after Iran blames attack on Riyadh
News ImageISLAMABAD (AP) A senior Saudi diplomat on Monday fired back after Iran initially blamed the kingdom for an attack last week that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:37:37 -0500
Hong Kong economy stalls amid trade dispute: finance chief
News ImageHong Kong's economy stalled last year as the ongoing China-US trade dispute and retail woes dragged down local business, the city's financial chief said Sunday. Beijing and Washington have already imposed duties on more than $360 billion in two-way trade, roiling global financial markets and weighing heavily on manufacturing output in both countries. "The impact of China-US trade frictions on Hong Kong's exports has clearly emerged at the end of last year," said finance secretary Paul Chan.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 04:31:15 -0500
Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPR
News ImageFormer top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the "relentless attack" he said President Trump has launched against the agency.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:41:02 -0500
Chicago police seek follow-up interview with 'Empire' actor
News ImageChicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett's report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday. According to Smollett's account, his assailants struck him in the face, draped a rope around his neck and doused him with an "unknown chemical substance" before fleeing. On Wednesday evening this week, police said they arrested two Nigerian brothers described as "persons of interest" who were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in the area of the alleged Jan. 29 assault.
Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:08:46 -0500
Amazon announces plans to make half of shipments carbon neutral by 2030
News ImageOnline retail giant Amazon has announced plans to make alf if its shipments carbon neutral by the year 2030. The company, which ships millions of packages a year to shoppers, said that it will achieve that goal by switching to renewable energy sources and by asking suppliers to reimagine their packaging. It wont be easy to achieve this goal, but its worth being focused and stubborn on this vision and were committed to seeing it through, Dave Clark, Amazon senior vice president of worldwide operations, said.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:47:36 -0500
Global Slowdown Leaves Growth Weakest Since Financial Crisis
News ImageEuropean Central Bank Governing Council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau said in an interview published at the weekend that the euro-area slowdown is significant. The ECB will on Thursday publish the accounts of its January meeting, when it changed language to say risks to the outlook were to the downside.
Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:17:00 -0500
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