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Pope Francis indicates support for same-sex marriage

Pope Francis has said that he thinks same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions”. He made the comments, which are a significant departure from Vatican law and his predecessors, in a documentary directed by Evgeny Afineevsky. “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family,” he said …

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Trump maintains a Chinese bank account, says NYT

US President Donald Trump has admitted he has a Chinese bank account, according to a report by the New York Times. The account is controlled by Trump International Hotels Management and paid local taxes between 2013 and 2015. It was set up “to explore the potential for hotel deals in Asia”, …

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Cocaine Found ‘Hidden In Bras’ At Ethiopian Airport

Police have arrested 14 suspects for “trying to smuggle cocaine” through Ethiopia’s main airport in the capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopian federal police said the suspects, 13 Nigerians and one Brazilian, were found with 14kg of cocaine concealed in their luggage, underwear and had even swallowed some of it. The suspects …

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‘I hugged the man who murdered my father’

When Candice Mama was nine years old, she secretly opened a page in a book she wasn’t meant to look at. The picture she saw there revealed something terrible – the dead body of her murdered father. But years later Candice went on to meet and forgive the killer – …

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Covid-19: Italy tightens rules after coronavirus cases surge

Italy has announced a new raft of measures to tighten restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases. A mask-wearing PM Giuseppe Conte said the measures were needed “to avoid a new lockdown”. Mayors will get powers to close public areas after 21:00 and the opening times of restaurants and the …

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US woman faces first federal execution since 1953

The US is to execute a female federal inmate for the first time in almost 70 years, the Justice Department said. Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman in Missouri before cutting out and kidnapping the baby in 2004. She is due to be given a lethal injection in Indiana on …

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