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Catholic bishops drop moves to accept gays

Bishopes drop move to accept gaysRoman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever before in Church history.

The document, issued at the end of a two-week assembly, or synod, of some 200 Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, pointed to deep divisions within the Church on issues such as reaching out to homosexuals and Catholics who have divorced and re-married in civil services.

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Conservative US cardinal demoted by pope

Cardinal Raymond BurkeCardinal Raymond Burke, the conservative American who holds the top position in the Vatican’s justice system, on Friday told BuzzFeed he was being demoted.

Burke, a former archbishop of St Louis, has publicly challenged Pope Francis on issues including abortion and homosexuality.

A preliminary report from the church’s extraordinary synod on the family, released on Monday, signalled a readiness to adopt a more conciliatory attitude towards homosexuality, divorce and other “irregular” family situations.

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Himalayan storm disaster claims seven more victims

Nepal disasterThe death toll in the Himalayan trekking disaster has risen sharply with the discovery of at least seven more bodies in the snow on a pass in Nepal.

Thirty-nine people are known to have died when an unseasonal storm swept high ridges and passes on Tuesday, on a popular 320km trekking route around Annapurna, the world’s 10th tallest peak, catching scores of western walkers.

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Hong Kong activists regroup; police chief warns safety at risk

Hong Kong protesters regroupHong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone from police early on Saturday after hours of turmoil that the city's police chief warned undermined order and jeopardized public safety.

Dozens of people were injured in the skirmishes, including 18 police, which raged through the night as several thousand protesters squared off again police in the densely populated Mong Kok district.

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Mexico mayor impeached after link to 43 missing, potentially murdered, college students exposed

Mexico mayor impeachedJosé Luis Abarca, the mayor of Iguala, Mexico, was impeached on Friday over ties to organized crime and his alleged connection to the disappearance of 43 students feared to be killed by police during a recent protest over tuition costs.

"The evidence provided shows that the mayor, Jose Luis Abarca Velezquez ... in charge of public safety and maintaining peace and order did not do so on Sept. 26 and 27 in Iguala," Local politician Omar Jalil Flores told Mexican news outlets.

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Shot in the heart’: Israeli army kills 13 yr old Palestinian boy

IDFA Palestinian boy was shot in the chest point-blank and later died amid a confrontation between Israeli forces and stone-throwing youths in a village of the occupied West Bank, according to local media and medical sources.

Bahaa Badr, 13, was fatally shot by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as the troops made their way to Beit Liqya village in the West Bank, located near the border with Israel, Reuters reported citing medical sources and local residents.

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Abbas: ‘Settlers’ have no right to ‘desecrate’ Temple Mount

AbbasPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that Israeli “settlers” had no right to “desecrate” the Temple Mount and should be prevented from accessing the site.

“It is our scared place, al-Aqsa [mosque] is ours, this Noble Sanctuary [as Muslims refer to the Temple Mount] is ours. They have no right to go there and desecrate it,” Abbas said, according to Israel Radio.

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