Pope wants new doctrine to end death penalty

Rome. – Pope Francis said the death penalty was “inadmissible” and that official Catholic teaching should be changed to reflect that, comments with the potential to reshape the church’s public stance on the controversial issue. “It must be strongly stated that condemning a person to the death penalty is an inhumane measure,” the Pope said…
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AfDB, CBA ink $90m deal to boost SMEs in Kenya

NAIROBI. — The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) yesterday signed a $90 million deal that will boost lending to Kenya’s small to medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). AfDB Director General for the East African Regional Hub Gabriel Negatu told a media briefing in Nairobi that under the agreement, they will extend the…
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Merkel wins 4th term

BERLIN. – German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term on Sunday, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament. Merkel’s centre-left challenger, Martin Schulz, conceded his Social Democrats had suffered a “crushing election defeat,”…
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Trump urges fans to boycott NFL

WASHINGTON. — US President Donald Trump yesterday urged fans to boycott National Football League games to pressure the league to fire or suspend players who show disrespect for “Flag and Country.” Trump’s latest Twitter salvo was the latest blow in an escalating war of words with some of professional sports’ biggest stars over his condemnation…
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216 killed as quake rattles central Mexico

MEXICO. – At least 216 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake hit central Mexico on Tuesday, with the death toll expected to rise due to the scale of the trembler, the country’s civil protection agency said. The magnitude-7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires, sending thousands of people…
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Trump vows to ‘totally destroy’ N. Korea

UNITED NATIONS. – US President Donald Trump yesterday vowed to “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission. It was Trump’s most direct threat to attack North Korea for belligerent acts that have included launching ballistic…
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Brazil’s court orders new probe of President

SAO PAULO. – Brazil’s top court authorised a new corruption and money laundering investigation of President Michel Temer on Tuesday, yet another case that raises the possibility of his suspension from office. Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso ruled there is sufficient evidence to investigate whether Temer signed a decree in May 2017 to favour…
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Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

MIAMI. — Hurricane Irma’s eyewall slammed into the Florida Keys yesterday, lashing the island chain with fearsome wind gusts as it bears down on the state’s west coast where a mass exodus has turned cities into ghost towns. Irma, packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometres per hour, was upgraded overnight to a Category Four…
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