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U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith

U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faithMany churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church’s cover-up dissuade them from their faith. Nearly 200 parishioners filled almost all the pews for Saturday’s Mass at St. Patrick’s Church in York, Pennsylvania, where six priests who at one time worked in that parish are accused in the report bit.ly/2vTa9oY of sexually abusing children. “I can’t talk about it without crying,” said Kathy Morris, a retired steelworker and a member of St. Patrick’s for over 15 years.



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Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor Brunson's appeal for release: Haberturk

Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor Brunson's appeal for release: HaberturkANKARA (Reuters) – A Turkish court has rejected an appeal to release American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest, broadcaster Haberturk said on Friday. Brunson, an Evangelical pastor residing in the coastal province of Izmir, is standing trial in Turkey over terrorism charges. His case now lies at the heart of a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the United States that has prompted a crash of Turkey's lira currency. The lira, which has lost some 40 percent of its value this year, weakened beyond 6.21 against the U.S. dollar after the news, from 6.04 beforehand. …



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U.S. targets Chinese and Russian firms with breach of North Korea sanctions

U.S. targets Chinese and Russian firms with breach of North Korea sanctionsThe United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear programs. In a statement, the U.S. Treasury said China-based Dalian Sun Moon Star International Logistics Trading Co. Ltd and its Singapore-based affiliate SINSMS Pte. Ltd had netted over $ 1 billion a year by exporting alcohol and cigarette products to North Korea.



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Jury in Manafort trial asks U.S. judge about 'reasonable doubt'

Jury in Manafort trial asks U.S. judge about 'reasonable doubt'The case is the first to go to trial stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, although the charges largely predate Manafort’s five months working on Trump’s campaign, including three as chairman. Before wrapping up their work for the day, the jurors asked U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis their first questions, including the definition of “reasonable doubt.” In a criminal case the jury must find a defendant guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” “The government is not required to prove beyond all possible doubt,” Ellis said, responding to a note from the jury with the questions. Ellis added that reasonable doubt was “doubt based on reason.” The other questions delved into details of the case.



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New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: government

New Mexico compound member in U.S. illegally over 20 years: governmentA Haitian woman who was charged with child abuse at a New Mexico compound has been taken into custody by immigration authorities after living in the United States illegally for over 20 years, immigration officials said on Wednesday. Jany Leveille, 35, was taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Taos County, New Mexico, on Tuesday and must appear before a judge to resolve her immigration status, according to a statement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Leveille has been unlawfully present in the U.S. for more than 20 years after overstaying the validity of her non-immigrant visitor visa,” according to an ICE statement.



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Turkish lira trades below 6.0 against dollar after U.S. comments

Turkish lira trades below 6.0 against dollar after U.S. commentsThe Turkish lira eased slightly but remained below 6.0 against the dollar on Thursday after the United States ruled out removing steel tariffs on Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, and after Qatar pledged $ 15 billion in investment to Turkey. Investor attention was focused on a conference call which Finance Minister Berat Albayrak will hold at 1300 GMT to reassure international investors. The lira , which has weakened 36 percent against the dollar this year, eased to 5.98 against the dollar by 0443 GMT from a close of 5.95, as investors weighed up the latest comments from the United States.



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Erdogan says U.S. set deadline for pastor's release

Erdogan says U.S. set deadline for pastor's releaseThe United States gave Turkey a deadline until last Wednesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, to release an American pastor being tried by a Turkish court. The case of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Christian, is one of a series of disputes that lies at the heart of deteriorating ties between the two NATO allies. Speaking to supporters in the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon, Erdogan revealed details of negotiations held last week between the two countries, saying Washington had threatened sanctions if Turkey refused to release the pastor.



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Erdogan says U.S. turned its back on Turkey, upsetting Ankara

Erdogan says U.S. turned its back on Turkey, upsetting AnkaraThe United States has turned its back on its NATO ally Turkey over a Christian American pastor and such treatment has annoyed and upset Ankara, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. “If the U.S. is turning its back on us…choosing a pastor instead, sorry…we continue our path with decisive steps,” Erdogan told a crowd of supporters in Black Sea coastal city of Rize. “This treatment by America of its strategic partner has annoyed us, it has upset us.” The two governments have been at odds over a wide range of topics – from diverging interests in Syria, to Turkey’s ambition to buy Russian defense systems and the case of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on terrorism charges.



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FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed it

FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed itA Horizon Air ground service agent got into a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday night in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took off, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airlines said. “There were some maneuvers that were done that were incredible maneuvers with the aircraft,” Beck said. In partial recordings of the employee’s conversations with air traffic controllers that were published online by Broadcastify.com, the man said he was sorry to disappoint people who cared about him and described himself as a “broken guy.” “Got a few screws loose, I guess,” he is heard saying in the recording.



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FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker steals plane, crashes it

FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker steals plane, crashes itA Horizon Air ground service agent got into a Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on Friday night in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took off, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airlines said. Relatives and co-workers identified the man as Richard Russell of Sumner, Washington, who also went by the name Beebo. “He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend,” the Russell family said in a statement.



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