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Manitoba apologizes to indigenous families for 'cultural loss'

Manitoba apologizes for indigenous adoptionsThe Canadian province of Manitoba has apologised to indigenous families for decades of forced adoptions.

Premier Greg Selinger said on Thursday the practice left "intergenerational scars and cultural loss". The programme sought to integrate children into mainstream Canadian society, but in doing so rid them of their native culture.

The Canadian government apologised in 2008, but this is first time a province has taken responsibility.


Israel church set ablaze in possible Jewish extremist attack

Chiurch of the Multiplication arsonA fire ripped through one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land on Thursday, damaging the roof and burning prayer books in what authorities believe is an attack by Jewish extremists.

The fire broke out at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish in the middle of the night, causing extensive damage to the inside and outside of the building, said Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.


Dominican Republic to begin deporting Haitian immigrants

Dominican Republic dports HaitiansDominican Republic authorities were preparing on Wednesday to deport thousands of undocumented Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent, with a midnight deadline to register for official residency documents.

“If they aren’t registered, they will be repatriated,” said Gen. Rubén Paulino, who heads the country’s Immigration Department, adding that on Thursday the department and the military will begin patrolling neighborhoods with large immigrant populations.


Saudi-led strikes on Yemen convoy kill 31 civilians

Saudi bombs kill 31 civiliansSaudi-led airstrikes hit a convoy of civilians fleeing violence in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people, medical officials said, making it among the deadliest single attacks since the air campaign against Shia rebels and their allies began nearly three months ago.

The two airstrikes hit a convoy of vehicles loaded with civilians, including women and children, who were fleeing north from the southern city of Aden, which has seen intense clashes in recent months.


Egypt court confirms ousted President Morsi's death sentence

MorsiAn Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over the mass 2011 prison break that eventually brought him to power, making him the first leader in Egypt's modern history to potentially face execution.

While this is the first death sentence for Morsi, courts have handed out hundreds of similar sentences against Islamists in mass trials since his 2013 overthrow and a mass crackdown on dissent in Egypt.


Mexico Supreme Court continues to allow gay marriage as U.S. deliberates

Mexico SC allows gay marriageAs the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the issue of same-sex marriage, Mexico's high court keeps moving forward on the issue by allowing gay marriages there -- even without officially putting it on the law books.

Currently, laws in most Mexican states do not allow for gay couples to marry, yet members of the LGBT community have been doing just that for years, The New York Times reported Sunday.


Former Vatican ambassador faces child abuse trial

Vatican envoy faces child abuse chargesThe Vatican will try its former envoy to the Dominican Republic on child sex abuse and child pornography charges, it announced Monday.

Wesolowski, 66, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be arrested on allegations of sexual abuse and the first to undergo a trial, which will begin July 11, at the Vatican. He has been under house arrest in the Vatican since September 2014, and could face six to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty. He will be tried by a Vatican criminal court.


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