U.S. cuts $230M US in Syria aid, says no rebuilding funds until peace talks underway

There will be no global reconstruction funding for Syria until a “credible and irreversible” political process led by the United Nations is underway, a U.S. State Department official said Friday as the United States announced plans to redirect $230 million US in frozen funding away from the civil war-torn country. U.S. officials said they were able to make the $230 million reduction because they had raised $300 ...

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Vatican condemns sex abuse by Pennsylvania clergy

The Vatican has called the sex abuse described in a grand jury report in Pennsylvania “criminal and morally reprehensible.” The grand jury on Tuesday released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. In a statement released late ...

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Israel says no criminal charges necessary for deadly 2014 Gaza raid

Israel will not conduct a criminal investigation into a deadly raid in Rafah during the 2014 Gaza war, the military’s judicial arm said on Wednesday after a “comprehensive examination” of events, prompting condemnation from the Palestinian group Hamas. Israel launched its raid after Hamas militants, emerging from a tunnel inside Gaza, ambushed three Israeli soldiers, killing two and seizing the ...

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NASA administrator says he fully supports Trump’s ‘Space Force’

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed full support Monday for President Donald Trump’s proposed military “Space Force” but added that it will have a role separate from NASA. Bridenstine said in New Orleans that NASA’s responsibilities involve science, space exploration and technology development. As for defence and national security, he told reporters in New Orleans: “We want to be an agency ...

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Man flies plane into Utah home after fight with wife

A Utah man flew a small plane into his own house early Monday just hours after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife in a nearby canyon where the couple went to talk over their problems, authorities said. The pilot, Duane Youd, died. His wife and a child, who were in the home, survived despite the front of their ...

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