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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Kerala floods during the Angelus noon prayer in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 20, 2018 - 7:15 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Monday that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and cover-up from the Catholic Church, but gave no indication that he would take action to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to...
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Rescue vehicles gather in Civita, Italy, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Italy’s civil protection agency says at least five people have been killed when a rain-swollen river flooded a gorge in the southern region of Calabria. The Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday that 12 people were brought to safety in the flash flood. It was unclear how many people were missing. The flood hit a group of hikers in the Raganello Gorge. (Clemente Angotti/ANSA via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 6:14 pm
MILAN (AP) — Heavy rain flooded a gorge filled with hikers Monday in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least eight, Italy's civil protection agency said. At least another five were missing. The prefect's office said 23 people were rescued from the flash flood in the Raganello Gorge. They...
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A man falls asleep while sitting on a bench, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Venezuelans are bracing for dramatic economic measures the government has announced, including a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. The changes start to take effect Monday with introduction of a new currency that lops five zeros off the country's fast-depreciating bills. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 20, 2018 - 5:25 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Saul Jimenez just wanted to buy bread from his neighborhood bakery in Venezuela's capital on Monday. It did not go well. Banks and most other businesses were closed for the day as Venezuela launched a series of dramatic economic reforms, beginning with the release of a...
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In this photo taken Aug. 19, 2018, a woman who identified herself as Kay from England, is interviewed by local media in front of a Croatian Coast Guard vessel in the port in Pula, Croatia. A British woman was rescued Sunday after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said. (AP Photo)
August 20, 2018 - 4:59 pm
PULA, Croatia (AP) — A British woman who fell from a cruise ship and spent 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night sang to stay alive, her rescuers said Monday. The captain of the Croatian rescue ship that found Kay Longstaff, 46, floating some 45 nautical miles off Croatia's coast said "luckily for...
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The damage to a security booth by a shot fired, is seen outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Shots were fired at a security booth outside the embassy in Turkey's capital early Monday, but U.S. officials said no one was hurt. Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over the case of an imprisoned American pastor, leading the U.S. to impose sanctions, and increased tariffs that sent the Turkish lira tumbling last week. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
August 20, 2018 - 2:59 pm
ISTANBUL (AP) — Shots were fired from a moving car at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey before dawn Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. Officials said two people with criminal records were detained. There were no casualties in the fleeting attack, in which...
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August 20, 2018 - 2:21 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government has launched a new bid to engage Britain in talks over the return to Athens of a celebrated group of ancient sculptures originally ornamenting the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis. Greece's culture minister has written her British counterpart to formally...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, Maarten van der Weijden, of the Netherlands, reacts after winning the men's swimming marathon at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, after beating leukemia. In a fundraising feat that has captured the imagination of the nation, Maarten van der Weijden is about three-quarters of the way through the 200-kilometer (124-mile) swim by Monday Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
August 20, 2018 - 2:05 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Maarten van der Weijden beat leukemia and went on to win an Olympic gold swimming medal in Beijing, but even his powers of endurance weren't enough to complete his latest challenge. Ill health on Monday forced Van der Weijden to halt his ambitious bid to swim the 200-...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, a child receives a measles vaccination in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World Health Organization (WTO) said Monday Aug. 20, 2018, the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 with at least 37 people dead from the disease, and called for increased immunization rates to prevent an endemic. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, FILE)
August 20, 2018 - 1:16 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. The U.N. agency's European office said Monday more than 41,000 measles cases were reported in the region during the first half...
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August 20, 2018 - 12:55 pm
GENEVA (AP) — The outgoing U.N. human rights chief says the Security Council's five permanent members wield too much power at the United Nations, warning the world body could "collapse" if that doesn't change. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein decried the sense among some U.N. member states that the "pentarchy...
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The Aug. 10, 2017 photo shows Ukrainian activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska,left, and her husband Bartosz Kramek during an anti-government protest in Warsaw, Poland. They hold white roses, a symbol of protest against the Polish ruling party and behind them a banner reads: "Freedom, Equality, Democracy." Poland has used its power as a European Union member to have Kozlovska banned from the entire Schengen passport-free zone, saying she poses a threat to security. But the Warsaw government has given few details explaining the move, and critics are accusing it of abusing its power to intimidate civil society and the country's large Ukrainian minority. (Lyudmyla Kozlovska via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 12:47 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a human rights Ukrainian activist from all 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat following allegations that she works for Russian interests. Some government critics, however, have...
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