Pope Francis’ close aide Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on sex abuse offenses

Cardinal George Pell arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne, Australia, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Reuters) An Australian court has ruled that the Vatican’s finance chief, Cardinal George Pell, stand trial on historical sex offenses, making him the highest-ranking Catholic priest ever to be indicted on such charges. Melbourne magistrate Belinda Wallington said […]

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Dominican Republic severs relations with Taiwan in win for China

The Dominican Republic’s Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas (5th-R) meets with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan (4th-R) and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (3rd-R) at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing, China, May 1, 2018. (Photo by AFP) The Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic has severed its diplomatic ties with Taiwan, officially recognizing Chinese sovereignty over […]

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Pakistan’s environmental protection agency moves to curb urban air pollution after court ruling

Motorcyclists ride on a market-to-farm road in smog-hit Gujjar Khan near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on April 10, 2018. (Photo by Reuters) Pakistan’s environmental protection agency is installing air quality monitors and warning factories to add pollution filters after a panel of the country’s top judges ordered the government to detail its efforts to control worsening air […]

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