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Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandalVATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused.

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U.S. House committee votes to release Trump-Russia transcripts

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to send transcripts of 53 interviews to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which will scrub them of classified information before they are made public. Adam Schiff, the committee's t...

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Abused Hong Kong maid Erwiana 'rises again'

She was once the face of abused maids in Hong Kong -- imprisoned, starved and beaten so badly she lost control of her bodily functions. Erwiana completed a degree in economics this month -- the culmination of a dream that brought her to Hong Kong in 2...

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Indonesia rocked by powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Indonesia rocked by powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquakeIndonesia was struck by a powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries. The country's national disaster agency briefly issued a tsunami warning before cancelling it. The strong quake hit central Sulawesi island at a shallow depth of some 10 kilometres (six miles), just hours after a smaller quake killed at least one person in the same part of the country. The latest quake was a higher magnitude than those that killed hundreds on the island of Lombok earlier this year. Friday's tremor was centred 78 kilometres north of the city of Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, but was felt some 900 kilometres south in the island's largest city Makassar. Lisa Soba Palloan, a resident of Toraja, around 175 kilometres south of Palu, said locals felt several quakes Friday. Damage from the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Donggala, central Sulawesi Credit: AFP "The last one was quite big," she said. "Everyone was getting out their homes, shouting in fear." Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth. The archipelago nation lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. A series of quakes that struck Lombok this summer killed about 500 people and forced hundreds of thousands into evacuation shelters or tents. In 2004, a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 Indonesians.

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Plane misses runway and crash lands in Pacific lagoon – all passengers and crew survive

Plane misses runway and crash lands in Pacific lagoon - all passengers and crew surviveAll of the passengers and crew survived the crash landing of a plane in a Pacific lagoon. The Air Niugini plane hit the water short of the runway while trying to land at Chuuk Island in the Federated States of Micronesia on Friday morning. Striking footage from the scene shows people being rescued in boats from the half-submerged plane, in images reminiscent of the 2009 crash-landing in New York City known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." The airline said in a brief statement everybody on board the Boeing 737 plane was able to safely evacuate, and the airline was making all efforts to ensure the ongoing safety of the passengers and meet their immediate needs. The airline did not immediately say how many people were on boardthe plane, where it was traveling from, or what caused the crash. Local news reports indicated between 40 and 50 people were aboard. Air Niugini said everyone on board was safely rescued Credit: Akang San/Reuters Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea and has been in operation since 1973. The fleet includes Boeing 767 and 737 jets for international routes, according to the airline, as well as Fokker F-100 aircraft, Q400 and Dash 8 aircraft for challenging local terrain. Micronesia, located north of Australia and east of the Philippines, is home to just over 100,000 people. Local boats rescue passengers and crew from a 737 that ditched in the waters off the remote island of Chuuk, in Micronesia Credit: James Yaingeluo/AFP It has close ties with the US under an agreement known as a compact of free association. In 2009, both engines on a US Airways jet failed after striking a flock of geese during takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport. Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed their powerless plane on the Hudson River. 

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Plane ditches into Pacific lagoon

Passengers were forced to swim for their lives Friday when an airliner ditched into a lagoon after missing the runway on a remote Pacific island and immediately began sinking. The Air Niugini Boeing 737 was attempting to land at Weno airport in Micron...

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Netanyahu, in U.N. speech, claims secret Iranian nuclear site

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu showed an aerial photograph of the Iranian capital marked with a red arrow and pointed to what he said was a previously secret warehouse holding nuclear-related material. Netanyahu spoke 4-1/2 ...

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