Social affairs

Pope Francis sits among youths for a group photo during the opening session of the pre-synod of the youths meeting, at the the Mater Ecclesiae college in Rome, Monday, March 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
March 19, 2018 - 8:53 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has asked forgiveness for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying that men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a "sick mentality" who think that women exist to be exploited. He insisted Monday: "This isn't making love. This is torturing a woman. Let's not...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, gestures as he meets with British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, March 19, 2018. (Virginia Mayo)
March 19, 2018 - 8:07 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local): 1:05 p.m. European Union negotiator Michel Barnier says the EU and Britain have agreed a large part of the treaty that will govern the U.K.'s departure from the bloc next year. Barnier told reporters that the negotiators...
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The Spanish NGO's Proactiva Open Arms vessel is seen at harbor at the port of Pozzallo, in the southern Italian island of Sicily, Monday, March 19, 2018. The NGO’s migrant rescue ship has been put under sequester by prosecutors’ orders, Sunday, March 18 in Pozzallo, where the vessel brought 216 migrants it had rescued last week in the Mediterranean north of Libya. (AP Photo/Alessio Tricani)
March 19, 2018 - 7:19 am
ROME (AP) — A Spanish aid group says Italy has seized one of its migrant rescue boats because it refused to cave in to death threats by the Libya coast guard and hand over the migrants. Proactiva Open Arms on Monday confirmed reports that the rescue vessel Open Arms was sequestered Sunday in the...
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Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, is welcomed to Parliament House by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during her state visit in Canberra Monday, March 19,2018. The Nobel Peace laureate who has been widely condemned over her country's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority arrived in Sydney at the weekend for a summit of Southeast Asian leaders. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
March 19, 2018 - 6:31 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was feted in Australia with a military honor guard and 19-gun salute Monday as part of a state visit that has provoked protests over her response to her country's violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi arrived in Sydney over the...
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FILE - In this Thursday Sept. 16, 2010 photo Cardinal Keith O'Brien speaks to the media in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland reported on Monday, March 19, 2018 that O'Brien, who became the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died. He was 80. O'Brien had resigned as archbishop in 2013 after allegations about sexual conduct relating to relationships in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Scott Campbell, File)
March 19, 2018 - 6:23 am
LONDON (AP) — Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died, his archdiocese in Scotland said Monday. He was 80 and had suffered from a heart ailment. O'Brien, once Britain's highest-ranking Catholic leader, resigned...
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe closes his eyes during a meeting of the upper house budget committee at the parliament in Tokyo, Monday, March 19, 2018. Support ratings for Abe have plunged amid a widening school land sale scandal linked to his wife, possibly risking chances for his third term in party leadership. Abe’s Cabinet has come under fire especially after Finance Ministry officials acknowledged tampered land deal documents, including deleting references to First Lady Akie Abe. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
March 19, 2018 - 5:39 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was grilled by opposition lawmakers in parliament on Monday over a widening school land sale scandal linked to his wife, as his Cabinet's approval ratings plunged to their lowest levels. Opposition lawmakers renewed demands that Abe's wife and top...
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March 19, 2018 - 3:41 am
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the train derailment (all times local): 3:30 a.m. Four people were injured after two trains collided and derailed in, Georgetown, Kentucky. Lexington Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Jessica Bowman told The Associated Press early Monday morning that a call came...
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Officials investigate near the area of an explosion, late Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Austin, Texas. The area around the explosion site has been blocked off and authorities are interviewing neighbors and searching for possible witnesses. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 19, 2018 - 2:07 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two people were injured in another explosion in Texas' capital, and police weren't saying if it was caused by a package bomb like the three that detonated earlier this month elsewhere in the city. The latest blast occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a suburban neighborhood...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump listens. Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law. The president is scheduled to unveil his plan Monday, March 19, 2018, in New Hampshire, a state hard-hit by the crisis. He'll be accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, who has shown an interest in the issue, particularly as it pertains to children. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 19, 2018 - 1:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law. That from a top administration official. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump, who aims to...
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FILE - In a Wednesday, March 14, 2018 file photo, Nikolas Cruz is lead out of the courtroom after an arraignment hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cruz is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. In addition, 17 people were wounded. More than a year earlier, documents in the criminal case against Nikolas Cruz and obtained by The Associated Press show school officials and a sheriff's deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation. But the recommendation was never acted upon. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)
March 18, 2018 - 11:33 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Documents obtained by The Associated Press show some officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's shooting rampage at a Florida high school that they decided he should be forcibly committed. But the recommendation was never acted upon...
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