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R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, including of minors

“R&B singer R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, according to an indictment filed Friday in Cook County, Ill” writes Sonia Rao for washingtonpost.com. On Thursday, during a news conference with their lawyer, Gloria Allred, two women accused Kelly of sexual misconduct. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Pope Francis presents action plan for tackling clerical sex abuse but victims dismiss it as inadequate

“Pope Francis put forward a 21-point plan for combating the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests on Thursday, but the proposals were dismissed by victims as wholly inadequate and a recycling of procedures that already exist” writes Nick Squires for telegraph.co.uk. The list of “reflection points” was put forward by the Pope on the first day of a summit that was convened in response to sex abuse scandals that have undermined faith in the Catholic Church around the world.”The holy people of God looks to us, and expects from…

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The US went to Warsaw to flex its muscles on Iran — instead it showed how the world is getting fed up

“The Trump administration is pointing to such dealings in claiming a success at Warsaw” writes Paul R for businessinsider.com. That the conference’s final statement makes no mention of Iran has to be a major disappointment for the administration.In its obsessive campaign of stoking maximum hostility toward Iran, the Trump administration is isolated except for partnering with Iran’s regional rivals, which means Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.Associated Press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can be considered a winner at Warsaw for using the conference to show that he…

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Russian think tank chief: Warsaw meeting showed U.S. failure

“Not even Washington had any interest in the conference as a forum for an exchange of views among the 60 participating countries, Zarif remarked” reports tehrantimes.com. European officials, the main allies of the U.S. in NATO, either boycotted the conference or sent low-ranking officials to Warsaw.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that the two-day conference on Iran and the larger Middle East was “dead on arrival”.The Warsaw conference was organized by the U.S. in the Polish capital on February 13-14.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini did not…

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Powerful East hasn’t changed bettors’ feelings for NBA’s power team

“In trading for Harrison Barnes prior to the deadline, the team showed it was seriously trying to make a postseason run” writes Jonathan Von Tobel for nypost.com. Twenty-five games is a long time.” If the Warriors and Thunder are both healthy, Bogdanovich says he would at least give the Thunder a shot.Yet, there are four teams in the East capable of winning the conference, and the best player in the world is in danger of missing the postseason. Source: nypost.com

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Pope’s credibility ‘on the line’ as Vatican convenes global meeting on combating child abuse by clergy  

“Victims of clerical sex abuse have warned Pope Francis that his credibility is on the line as he confronts the biggest challenge of his papacy with a landmark conference on protecting children from rape and molestation” writes Daniel Capurro for telegraph.co.uk. Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops, patriarchs and other senior Catholic figures from around the world will convene in Rome on Thursday for an unprecedented four-day conference that is supposed to tackle the scourge of child abuse by clergy. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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