Month: August 2018

Pope keeps silent on abuse claim letter

Pope keeps silent on abuse claim letter

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Pope Francis addressed journalists on his flight back from Dublin to Rome Pope Francis has refused to respond to claims by a former Vatican diplomat, who has called for him to resign. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano also accused him of covering up allegations of sexual abuse by a US cardinal. The Pope was asked about the accusations by reporters on his flight back to Rome after this weekend's Papal visit to Ireland. He said he would not say a single wo...
Reuters journalists await ‘secrets’ verdict

Reuters journalists await ‘secrets’ verdict

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Image copyright Reuters Two Reuters journalists who documented a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are due to hear whether they will be jailed for violating a state secrets act. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December while carrying secret official documents they had just been given by police officers. The men face up to 14 years in jail if found guilty. They deny the charges. Their lawyer said they would be freed "if the judiciary is free and fair". Wa Lone has said their work followed all media ethics. "We tried to tell the truth based on the real situation," he said previously. ...
Uber ‘to focus on bikes over cars’

Uber ‘to focus on bikes over cars’

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Uber has partnered with Lime, whose scooters are available in a number of cities including Paris Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel. He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future. "During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a o...
Fatalities in Florida mass shooting

Fatalities in Florida mass shooting

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSheriff Mike Williams: "The suspect who took his own life" Two people have been shot dead by a gunman at an entertainment complex in Jacksonville, Florida, police say. They named the killer as David Katz, 24, from Baltimore, who then shot himself dead at the scene. No other suspects are being sought. Eleven other people were injured in the incident. The shooting happened during a video game tournament being held at Jacksonville Landing, a large shopping, entertainment and dining complex. Katz used only one hand gun, the police said, according to their investigations so far. Police refused to confirm local media reports that he began shooting after becoming angry foll...
US playwright Neil Simon dies aged 91

US playwright Neil Simon dies aged 91

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Simon is seen here in 2006 Celebrated US playwright Neil Simon has died aged 91 in his native New York City of complications from pneumonia, representatives announced. Simon gained international fame in the 1960s for stage and screen comedies including The Odd Couple and Barefoot In The Park. In 1991 he won the Pulitzer Prize For Drama with Lost in Yonkers. "Some say he's the most successful playwright since Shakespeare," Barefoot star Robert Redford onc...
Afghan IS leader ‘killed in air strike’

Afghan IS leader ‘killed in air strike’

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption About 150 members of the group surrendered in north-western Afghanistan this month The leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan was killed in an air strike on Saturday, Afghan officials say. Abu Saad Erhabi and 10 other members are said to have died in an operation in the eastern province of Nangarhar, near the border with Pakistan. He is the fourth Afghan leader of the group to be killed in recent years. The IS affiliate has been active the...
Illegal boat runs aground in croc swamp

Illegal boat runs aground in croc swamp

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Image copyright PA Image caption The local mayor said those on board were "putting themselves at risk in known crocodile habitat" An illegal fishing boat has run aground and been found abandoned in crocodile-infested waters in northern Queensland, Australia. Authorities have found 11 people and think more are hiding in mangroves near Daintree, north of Cairns. It is unknown if those on board were illegally fishing or if they are refugees, but border force officers are on the scene. About 40 ...
Former presidents lead McCain tributes

Former presidents lead McCain tributes

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVisitors to the Vietnam memorial in Washington DC paid tribute to John McCain. Tributes from former US presidents and across the political spectrum have poured in for Republican Senator John McCain, who has died aged 81. Barack Obama, who beat him to the White House in 2008, said they had shared a "fidelity to something higher". George W Bush described him as "a patriot of the highest order". President Donald Trump, whom McCain had strongly criticised, tweeted his "deepest sympathies" to McCain's family but did not comment on his life. By...