Pope Francis attends a penitential liturgy at the Vatican.

Women take Catholic bishops to task at Vatican abuse summit

A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling Catholic leaders Saturday that they must transparently admit their mistakes to restore trust among the faithful.

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Seagulls mill around in search of food as a whale is hauled onto a fishing boat after it was killed in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Iceland.

Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government.

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Bishops attend the second day of a Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests, at the Vatican.

Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.

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A snack and fruit vendor waits for customers near the advertisement board of a shopping mall and apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Vietnam, site of next Trump-Kim summit, a model for growth

Vietnam, the location of U.S. President Donald Trump's next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has come a long way since America abandoned its war against communist North Vietnam in the 1970s.

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Volunteers applaud during a meeting for recruiting volunteers.

Brigade of volunteers vow to bring aid to Venezuela's needy

As President Nicolas Maduro deploys missiles and infantrymen to Venezuela's borders bracing for what he claims is U.S. coup plot disguised as humanitarian aid, his opponents are rallying their own troops.

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Pigeons are fed in front of the Santiago Cathedral, in Santiago, Chile.

A global look at the Catholic Church's sex abuse problem

Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin sternly warns US against putting missiles in Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit

With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War.

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The logos of Huawei are displayed at its retail shop window reflecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing.

As US pushes to ban Huawei, UK considers softer approach

Britain can handle the security risks involved with using mobile networks made by China's Huawei, the cybersecurity chief said Wednesday, adding to a growing debate among countries on whether the company should be banned, as the U.S. wants.

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, right, talks with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

US, China resume trade talks in Washington ahead of deadline

The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing's technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike.

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Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org group.

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Catholic religious orders from around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups.

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In this Jan. 4, 2019 photo, a woman places her hands in prayer on a wooden triangle, between framed images of spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria and Jesus Christ, inside the Casa de Dom Inacio, in Abadiania.

Brazil's #metoo moment: Spiritual guru accused of sex abuse

For over 40 years, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria drew people from all over the world to this small city in central Brazil, offering treatment for everything from depression to cancer.

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President Donald Trump speaks to a Venezuelan American community at Florida Ocean Bank Convocation Center at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump pleads with Venezuela's military to back Guaido

President Donald Trump on Monday pleaded with Venezuela's military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido and issued a dire warning if they continue to stand with President Nicolas Maduro's government.

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Demonstrators drag the body of a fellow protester toward police, as a form of protest after police shot into the crowd in which he died.

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations by tens of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over skyrocketing prices that have more than doubled for basic goods amid allegations of government corruption.

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Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, attend a meeting in Warsaw, Poland.

Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."

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A nurse feeds a newborn baby at a hospital in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province.

China's leaders want more babies, but local officials resist

Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China's leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children.

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An explosion strikes during a military demonstration targeting a theatrical

Abu Dhabi arms fair opens amid Yemen war criticism

The United Arab Emirates' yearslong war in Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia bled into the start of a biennial Abu Dhabi arms fair Sunday, which saw the Emirates sign $1.3 billion in weapons deals.

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A man holds a flare chanting the name of Gen. Hristo Lukov, who had supported Germany during the Second World War, depicted on his t-shirt, as people take part in the

Bulgarian nationalists march in honor of pro-Nazi general

Bulgarian nationalists have marched through Sofia, the country's capital, to honor a World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi activities.

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FILE - In this Monday, April 18, 2005 file photo, U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick attends a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. On Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 the Vatican announced Pope Francis defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress.

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Cameron shares David Tua’s pain

WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND: Former foes and now friends Shane Cameron and Toaletai David Tua share a video at David Tua’s boxing gym.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington.

Biden's 2020 opening? Dem field missing foreign policy hand

In town halls, television interviews and social media posts, Democratic presidential candidates are touting their support for "Medicare-for-all," higher taxes on the wealthy and a war on climate change.

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