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At Pope's abuse summit, Church seeks to fix 'systematic failures'

At Pope's abuse summit, Church seeks to fix 'systematic failures'Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Oswald Gracias of Mumbai spoke on the second day of a conference of some 200 senior Church officials convened by Pope Francis to confront what he has called the scourge of sexual abuse by the clergy. Various aspects of the sexual abuse crisis made 2018 the worst year for the pope since his election in 2013. Last week, Theodore McCarrick, once a powerful cardinal in the U.S. Church, was dismissed from the priesthood after the Vatican found him guilty of sexual abuse of minors and adults over decades.



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Israel PM deal seeks to boost ultra-right in April vote

Israel PM deal seeks to boost ultra-right in April voteIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered an agreement Wednesday aimed at uniting ultra-right parties ahead of April elections, prompting accusations he was pandering to extremists. Netanyahu pushed for the deal to try to boost the number of seats held by right-wing parties after the April 9 elections, with an eye on his next coalition government should he win as expected. The agreement would see three parties on the far right run on a single electoral list instead of running separately: Jewish Home, National Union and Jewish Power.



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Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to US

Alabama woman who joined Islamic State seeks return to USBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group after becoming radicalized online realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday.



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U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'

U.S.-backed Syria force seeks help with Islamic State prisoner 'time bomb'The fate of foreign fighters who joined Islamic State, as well as of their wives and children, has become more pressing in recent days as U.S.-backed fighters plan an assault to capture the last enclave of the group’s self-styled Caliphate. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday European countries must do more to take them back or “we will be forced to release them”. It’s not clear to me how all that can be guaranteed.” Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of foreign relations in the region held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, said authorities there were holding some 800 foreign fighters.



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Mueller's office seeks prison sentence of 20 years or more for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort

Mueller's office seeks prison sentence of 20 years or more for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPresident Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman was found guilty of tax and bank fraud charges. Prosecutors are seeking a lengthy prison sentence.



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Mueller seeks tough sentence for ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort

Mueller seeks tough sentence for ex-Trump campaign chairman ManafortIn their sentencing memo filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, prosecutors said Manafort, who is 69, deserves between 19.6 and 24.4 years in prison and a fine of between $ 50,000 and $ 24 million. “While some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant’s crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct or the sophistication of his schemes,” prosecutors said in the memo. “Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship,” they said.



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U.S. seeks to increase pressure on Iran at Warsaw meeting

U.S. seeks to increase pressure on Iran at Warsaw meetingThe absence of foreign ministers from major European powers, Germany and France, highlights festering tensions with the European Union over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision last year to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions. EU policy chief, Federica Mogherini, who was a key player in the Iran nuclear deal, will also not attend the two-day conference due to scheduling issues, an EU official said, although U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Brussels on Friday to meet with her.



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Guaido seeks to wrest control of Venezuela's oil company

Guaido seeks to wrest control of Venezuela's oil companyCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly appointed a transitional board of directors for the state oil company Wednesday, in a bid by congress chief Juan Guaido to gain control of an industry that is the economic backbone of the country.



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Exclusive: Venezuela's Maduro seeks OPEC help against U.S. sanctions – letter

Exclusive: Venezuela's Maduro seeks OPEC help against U.S. sanctions - letterOPEC says it is concerned with oil policy, not politics. The request was made in a letter sent to OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo dated Jan. 29 and seen by Reuters, a day after the United States imposed sanctions on Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA. “Our country hopes to receive the solidarity and full support of the member countries of OPEC and its ministerial Conference, in the fight we are currently having against the illegal and arbitrary intrusion of the United States in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Maduro wrote.



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U.S. Seeks Maduro Regime’s Venezuelan Bond Holdings, Sources Say

U.S. Seeks Maduro Regime’s Venezuelan Bond Holdings, Sources SayTreasury Department officials told investors that its ban on Venezuelan debt trading is in part designed to prevent sales that could benefit the authoritarian government, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter. The restrictions are so sweeping because at this point Treasury can’t be sure which transactions might be providing money to the regime or high-ranking officials, they said. A Treasury Department spokesperson declined to comment.



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