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Abortion Not the Answer, Even After Prenatal Diagnoses, Pope Says

Pope Francis on Saturday reiterated his unswerving opposition to abortion, saying he is against it even when an unborn child has been diagnosed with a serious illness. At a Vatican-sponsored conference titled Yes to Life: Caring for the Precious Gift of Life in its Frailness, the pope said the use of abortion was equivalent to hiring a hitman to take another person's life.    It is not the first time Francis has used such language. At a general audience last year, he said, "Is it right to… Read Full Article

Pence Tells West Point Grads They Are 'Best of the Best'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told graduates of the U.S. Military Academy Saturday they are the "best of the best," who will have the support of President Donald Trump. "As you accept the mantle of leadership, I promise you your commander-in-chief will always have your back," Pence said during his commencement address before the West Point graduates. Pence addressed more than 980 cadets who were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. It is the most diverse class in the… Read Full Article

Italy's EU Parliament Vote Could Change Country's Balance of Power

Italians cast ballots Sunday for European Parliament in what is seen as a test for Italy's two parties and the leaders of the country's ruling coalition government. The vote's outcome is expected to have an impact on domestic politics and on Italy’s future role in the European Union. The European Parliament election will be a test for Italy's ruling coalition government, and in recent weeks the two campaigning deputy prime ministers, Matteo Salvini, leader of the League Party and Luigi Di… Read Full Article

Everest: British man among latest mountain deaths

Ten people have now died climbing the world's highest peak this season, amid reports of overcrowding.

Baghdad Offers to Mediate With US as Iran's FM Visits Iraq 

Iraq's parliament speaker said Saturday that Baghdad was ready to mediate between the United States and Iran if asked to do so.    Mohammad Halbousi's comments, carried by state TV, came shortly after Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad, beginning a two-day visit. Tension between the U.S. and Iran has escalated since the Trump administration withdrew last year from the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers and reinstated American… Read Full Article

Trump Sends More Troops to the Middle East to Deter Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump is sending 1500 troops to the Middle East to deter potential Iranian threats. Earlier this week, Trump administration officials told lawmakers that the U.S. is not seeking to provoke Tehran. Many are concerned that the mixed messages coming out of the administration may increase the risk of conflict and lessen the chance of persuading Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program. White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this report.

Africa Cup of Nations: Liverpool's Naby Keita in Guinea's provisional squad

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is included in Guinea's 25-man provisional squad for next month's Africa Cup of Nations, despite being a big injury doubt.

What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Porn

Access to pornography is easier now than ever before. For many people, it's their first experience with sex. How is the fantasy of pornography affecting young people's ideas toward the reality of sex?

South Africa's President Ramaphosa vows 'new era' at inauguration

The president promises to tackle corruption and bring about "hope and renewal".

Russia Ordered to Release Ukrainian Sailors and Ships

A United Nations tribunal has ordered Russia to immediately release three Ukrainian naval ships and two dozen sailors, who were captured in a November confrontation off the Crimean Peninsula. The Germany-based International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued the order Saturday after a hearing earlier this month. The seizures occurred during a November 25 confrontation in the Kerch Strait, which separates Crimea from mainland Russia. It was the first open military clash between Russia… Read Full Article