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Pope closes jubilee of saints, refugees

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Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis will bring to a close his “Year of Mercy” Sunday, shutting the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s after a packed 12 months that has seen him raise Mother Teresa to sainthood and rehome Syrian refugees. The Argentine, who has modelled himself on Saint Francis of Assisi, spent the year with the downtrodden, holding special ...

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South Korea indicts friend, former aides of President Park in corruption probe

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By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday they had indicted a friend of President Park Geun-hye and two former aides in a corruption scandal engulfing her administration, in a heavy setback to her fight for political survival. Choi Soon-sil, Park’s friend, and former presidential aide An Chong-bum are charged with abuse of power in pressuring ...

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Dalai Lama preaches in Mongolia, risking China's fury

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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — The Dalai Lama preached to thousands of Buddhists in Mongolia despite demands from China that the visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader be scrapped, at a time Mongolia seeks a critical aid package from its powerful neighbor. The Dalai Lama addressed followers at the Gandantegchenlin monastery on Saturday and spoke about materialism at the start ...

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Train in northern India derails, killing at least 45 people

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LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Fourteen coaches of a passenger train rolled off the track early Sunday, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 120 in northern India, officials said. Volunteers and railway police pulled out the bodies from the mangled coaches and were working to rescue passengers who were trapped in other cars that fell on the side, ...

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U.S. weather satellite's launch promises 'quantum leap' in forecasts

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By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – A U.S. weather satellite that will “revolutionize” forecasting blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Saturday, promising to deliver continuous high-definition views of hurricanes and other storms over the Western Hemisphere. A detailed stream of images provided by the satellite is expected to sharpen weather forecasts, provide more advanced warning of floods ...

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Wales boss Howley wary of 'wounded' Springboks

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Wales coach Rob Howley fears his side will face a “wounded animal” when South Africa arrive in Cardiff. While Wales scraped to a thoroughly unconvincing and barely-deserved 33-30 win at home to Japan on Saturday, next opponents South Africa suffered a maiden loss to Italy as they went down 20-18 in Florence. Now Wales and ...

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Hawkinson's double-double leads Washington St. past Montana

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ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Josh Hawkinson scored a career-high 29 points and added 14 rebounds, as Washington State downed Montana 87-63 Saturday in a consolation-round game at the Paradise Jam tournament. Conor Clifford added 12 points, Malachi Flynn had 11 and Charles Callison 10 for the Cougars (3-1), who went up 41-20 by the halftime break and ...

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Chan, Radionova finish strongly to win at Cup of China

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BEIJING (AP) — Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada rebounded from a subpar short program to capture the Cup of China on Saturday, while Elena Radionova won the ladies event for her first Grand Prix victory of the year. Chan, who also won Skate Canada earlier this season, was third after the men’s short program, but landed a quadruple-triple ...

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Police helicopter crashes, kills 4, after Rio shootout

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By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A police helicopter in Rio de Janeiro crashed Saturday evening, killing four officers after a day of intense firefights between law enforcement and suspected criminals in the slum known as City of God. It was not clear whether the helicopter had been hit by gunfire or whether another factor caused it to ...

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El campeon! Daniel Suarez becomes NASCAR's 1st foreign champ

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, becoming the first foreign champion in a NASCAR national series. The 24-year-old Mexican won the season finale, besting fellow championship contenders Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Erik Jones on a restart with three laps to go. Suarez thanked fans and his country in Spanish ...

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