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Documents show Cardinal Dolan — top U.S. Catholic official — shielded pedophile priests

By Brendan O’Brien and Geoffrey Davidian MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Roman Catholic Church officials in Milwaukee vigorously shielded pedophile priests and protected church funds from lawsuits during a decades-long sex abuse scandal, according to hundreds of documents released on Monday. The documents include letters and deposition testimony from Cardinal and Archbishop…

Morsi rejects army ultimatum but vows ‘path of democratic change’

Egypt’s presidency on Tuesday rejected an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if Islamist President Mohamed Morsi did not meet the demands of the people, raising the stakes in the country’s political crisis. The army statement, read out on television Monday, had given Morsi 48 hours to comply with its call.…

Arizona mourns tragic loss of 19 fire fighters killed by massive wildfire

The bodies of 19 young firefighters killed in America’s deadliest wildfire in 80 years were removed in a cortege of white vans, as experts probed how they perished so suddenly. The names of the dead men, mostly in their 20s, were released a day after the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy,…

Intelligence chief James Clapper apologizes to Congress for ‘erroneous’ NSA claims

The US director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has attempted to head off criticism that he lied to Congress over the extent of government surveillance on American citizens, with a letter to senators in which he apologised for giving “erroneous” information. Two weeks after telling NBC news that he gave…

Rafael Correa says Ecuador helped Edward Snowden by mistake

Ecuador is not considering Edward Snowden’s asylum request and never intended to facilitate his flight from Hong Kong, president Rafael Correa said as the whistleblower made a personal plea to Quito for his case to be heard. Snowden was Russia’s responsibility and would have to reach Ecuadorean territory before the…

Extremophile microbes to inherit the Earth in two billion years

Two billion years from now, an ever-hotter Sun will have cooked the Earth, leaving microbes confined to pockets of water in mountains or caves as the last survivors, a study said Monday. The bleak scenario is proposed by astrobiologist Jack O’Malley-James of the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh. As the…

Edward Snowden threatens new leaks over ‘illegal aggression’

LONDON (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity. In a letter to Ecuador, Snowden said the United States was…

Judge showed ‘anti-Christian bias’ by upholding yoga classes in school: lawyer

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Yoga in a public school’s fitness program does not amount to teaching children religion because despite its roots in Hindu philosophy it is part of American culture, a California judge ruled on Monday. The ruling denied a request by a family in a…

Senior Vatican cleric denies money-laundering and corruption accusations

A senior Catholic cleric arrested as part of a sweeping probe of the scandal-plagued Vatican bank rejected accusations of money-laundering and corruption on Monday, Italian media reported. Nunzio Scarano, 61, who was arrested Friday along with a former Italian spy and a financer for allegedly plotting to smuggle millions of…

One in 10 people will live in climate hotspots by 2100

One in 10 people around the world will live in a place where climate change is damaging at least two major sectors such as crop yields, water, ecosystems or health, said an international study on Monday. These so-called climate “hotspots” will be most widespread in the southern Amazon, with “severe…

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