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Vatican delegate urges Pope Francis to fire Guam archbishop over abuse

The special investigator Pope Francis appointed to look into allegations that the Catholic archbishop of Guam abused altar boys is urging the Vatican to remove the cleric. by Josephine McKenna Religion News Service In a statement read at services in the island’s 26 Catholic churches on Sunday, Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai said he was now in Rome and had asked the Holy See to dismiss Archbishop Anthony Apuron and appoint a successor after Apuron refused to stand down voluntarily. “I ... Read More »

‘This is my job’: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about risking her life to take on ISIS and how George feels about her dangerous new case

An emotional Amal Clooney spoke about her latest high-profile case during an interview on Today Monday morning, revealing that she is preparing to take ISIS to court. By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM The human rights lawyer appeared on the program alongside her newest client Nadia Murad, who was captured by the terrorist group when she was just 19 and… Source: Amal Clooney fights back tears speaking about taking ISIS to court | Daily Mail Online Read More »

Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran

A Christian convert from Islam in Iran has been sent back to prison in spite of suffering long-term health issues. Ruth Gledhill  Maryam Naghash Zargaran, who has gone on hunger strike twice while in prison, had been released last month to get medical treatement after serving three years of a… Source: Christian convert from Islam sent back to prison in Iran | Christian News on Christian Today Read More »

Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx

Lebanon hosts some 1.5 million Syrian refugees, more refugees per capita than anywhere in the world. International support is needed to keep this fragile country from reaching the breaking point… Source: Lebanon Needs Help to Cope With Huge Refugee Influx | International Crisis Group Read More »

Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies

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Speaking at UN summit, the prime minister says security of national borders must come first if the public is to accept large migration flows Ben Doherty Malcolm Turnbull has told world leaders at the UN that Australia’s uncompromising border protection regime should be a model for other countries, and… Source: Malcolm Turnbull tells world leaders to follow Australia’s asylum policies | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing

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Roadsides are a haven for rare species, but council mowing is a threat. New schemes offer hope Jessica Aldred Orchid-spotters have long-known that the best site in the UK to take in a display of pyramidal orchids is a roadside verge in Warwickshire, yet the… Source: Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up

As the battle of Mosul looms, it may be wise to place on the back burner the debate on regional formation initiatives. by Michael Knights The decentralisation of security, spending and administrative power is regularly cited as a means of reducing tension in a post-Islamic State Iraq. The logic is commendable: If Sunnis… Source: Iraq’s regional decentralisation debate is heating up – Al Jazeera English Read More »

France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery

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Critics claim the new law violates European Union rules on free movement of goods Shehab Khan Independent France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials. The law, which comes into effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate… Although some ecologists’ organisations are in favour ... Read More »

Above the Arctic Circle, climate change closes in on the remote town of Barrow

The Arctic is warming, the ice is melting and a remote town of 4,000 will have to move before it washes out to sea. By ADAM POPESCU, The Washington Post BARROW, ALASKA—Here in the northernmost municipality of the United States, 510 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, people are facing the idea that they may soon be among the world’s firstclimate-change refugees. Warming air, melting permafrost and… Source: Above the Arctic Circle, climate change closes in on the remote town of Barrow ... Read More »

Visegrad Group of EU states ‘could veto Brexit deal’

A group of Central European EU members known as the Visegrad Four is ready to veto any Brexit deal that would limit people’s right to work in the UK, Slovakian PM Robert Fico says. In an interview with the Reuters news agency, Mr Fico said Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia would be uncompromising in negotiations. His comments come a… Source: Visegrad Group of EU states ‘could veto Brexit deal’ – BBC News Read More »

Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest Rohingya solution: doomed to fail?

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, will head a commission to investigate solutions for the Rohingya people living in Myanmar. By Dung Phan There is no warm welcome for Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General, as he arrives in Myanmar. Only jeers, shouts and… Source: Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest Rohingya solution: doomed to fail? – ASEAN Today Read More »

Refugee Summit Should Address Conflict Prevention

Immediate palliative care is a vital response to the world’s record numbers of refugees and internally displaced. Jonathan Prentice But any sustainable solution to this global crisis must go further, buttressing international law and ending the wars that drive so many from their… Source: Refugee Summit Should Address Conflict Prevention | International Crisis Group Read More »

I Was Granted Clemency After Serving 25 Years of a Life Sentence for Drugs

When Obama granted clemency to 111 non-violent federal drug criminals, Tim Tyler—who got life in prison for LSD—was on the list. By Seth Ferranti When President Obamacommuted the drug war sentences of 111 non-violent federal prisoners on August 30, long-term prisoner, Grateful Dead fan and… Source: I Was Granted Clemency After Serving 25 Years of a Life Sentence for Drugs | The Fix Read More »

Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018

Alex Salmond has predicted that Scotland will see another independence referendum in around two years’ time in an interview marking the second anniversary of the 2014 vote. By TOM PETERKIN The former first minister’s forecast of a 2018 poll will raise the expectations of independence supporters. But it could also prove problematic for… Source: Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018 – The Scotsman Read More »