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Be celibate or leave the priesthood, pope tells gay priests

Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book.

While he has previously spoken of the need for better screening of candidates for the religious life, his comments suggesting that priests who cannot keep their vows of celibacy should leave are some of his clearest to date.

Breaking: George Bush Senior dies

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94 at home in Houston, Texas.

Bush Sr served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, his term defined by the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq war against Saddam Hussein.

While his health had been failing in recent years, he still managed to make public appearances.

The former president died at 22:10 local time on Friday (04:10 GMT Saturday), a family spokesperson said.

Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashogghi’s murder – CIA

The US Central Intelligence Agency has concluded Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US media reported Friday, citing people close to the matter.

The US assessment directly contradicts the conclusions of a Saudi prosecutor one day prior, which exonerated the prince of involvement in the brutal murder.

But The Washington Post, which broke the story, said the CIA found that 15 Saudi agents flew on government aircraft to Istanbul and assassinated Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate.

Why I cheated on my husband

People cheat on each other. This much is true. Whether it’s through long, drawn out emotional affairs or drunken aberrations not to be repeated, some 25 percent of men have cheated while in relationships and 13 percent of women have done the same. While those numbers aren’t wildly scientific (people are probably not dying to admit they’ve betrayed the trust of a partner or spouse), they suggest that cheating is widespread.

White House suspends CNN's Acosta after Trump confrontation

The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.

They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

Nigeria Tweeted Trump caravan speech to defend shooting protesters

The Nigerian army posted — then later deleted — a video on Twitter of President Donald Trump bashing the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico.
The post was apparently an attempt to justify the military’s deadly crackdown on protesters in the West African nation.
The army tweeted the section of Trump’s press conference Thursday when the president said that if migrants in the caravan throw rocks, American troops stationed at the border should “consider it a rifle.”
He added: “They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back.”

Nigerian govt summons envoy over closure of Nigerians’ shops in Ghana

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, yesterday summoned the High Commissioner of Ghana to Nigeria, Amb Rashid Bawa, over the continued closure of over 400 Nigerian shops in Ghana. Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the Ghanaian envoy was invited to give a definitive explanation on the treatment of Nigerian traders in that country.

How I missed boarding ill-fated Lion Air plane, by passenger

Unusually heavy traffic that causes you to miss your flight under most situations would be very unlucky — but for Sony Setiawan, it may have just saved his life.

Setiawan, who works for the Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, took the 70-minute Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang off Sumatra every week with numerous colleagues. The plane that crashed on Monday morning — which Setiawan missed because of bad Jakarta traffic — had about 20 other Ministry of Finance employees on it, according to Agence France-Press.

Catholic church splits over abuse scandal

Pope Francis has vowed to end clerical sexual abuse, but bishops from Asia and Africa have shown a mixed response to a scandal some have termed a "Western problem".

  Church leaders from around the world attended the closing mass Sunday of a month-long meeting, or synod, which many had hoped would take the global struggle against paedophile priests up a notch.

  As the talks began, Francis warned again that abuse and cover ups would not be tolerated.

Plane with 189 aboard crashes, wreckage found

An aircraft with 189 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java on Monday, shortly after takeoff from the capital on its way to the country’s tin-mining hub, officials said.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the Lion Air flight, JT610, lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling.

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