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Magnitude-8.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mexico

Mexico gets 8.1 earthquake; worst in centuryA major earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has killed at least 32 people, according to authorities, with the president saying it was the biggest hit the country in a century.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the magnitude of the earthquake late on Thursday as 8.1, but President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Friday it was 8.2, making it the largest in Mexico in 100 years.

He also said it was bigger than the one in 1985 when thousands were killed in four Mexican states.

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Hundreds of German Catholic choir boys abused

Lawyer for abused German choir boysPriests and teachers physically or sexually abused more than 500 boys at a Catholic choir school in Germany between 1945 and 1992, according to a report.

Allegations in Tuesday's report involving the Domspatzen choir at the Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows school were among a spate of revelations of abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Germany that emerged in 2010.

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Trump administration pulls Russian cyber firm from government-approved list

Kaspersky LabThe Trump administration has decided to remove one of the world's biggest and most-respected cybersecurity firms from the U.S. government's list of companies whose products are approved for use on federal systems, according to U.S. officials.

The decision comes as the Moscow-based company, Kaspersky Lab, faces increasing scrutiny from U.S. officials over alleged ties to Russian intelligence services.

The government list -- known as a schedule -- is maintained by the General Services Administration, and GSA "made the decision to remove Kaspersky Lab-manufactured products" after "review and careful consideration," a GSA spokeswoman said in a statement to ABC News.

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German parliament approves same-sex marriage

German parliament passes same sex marriage lawGermany's parliament has voted by a wide margin to legalise same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel changed her mind and said members of her ruling conservative bloc should follow their personal conscience rather than the party line.

The parliament voted by 393 to 226 on Friday in favour of same-sex marriage.

The reform gives full marital rights for same-sex couples and allows them to adopt children.

TVNL Comment: Great news.  Better late than never...

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Russia ends military coordination with U.S. over downed Syrian plane

Russia threatens to end coordination with US over downed airplane in syriaRussia said it is ending logistical military coordination with the United States and threatened to shoot down any aircraft west of the Euphrates River after the U.S. Navy shot down a Syrian regime jet.

The "deconfliction" communication agreement between Washington, D.C., and Moscow was previously established to avoid problematic encounters while aircraft operated above Syrian territory.

The U.S.-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State on Sunday said it shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet because it was attacking the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia near Tabqah. The SDF is leading the ground offensive in Syria to capture the Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa.

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Emirati ambassador to Trump: Remove US airbase from Qatar

Ambassador Yousef al OtaibaThe United Arab Emirates' ambassador to the United States wants President Trump to use the U.S. airbase in Qatar as a political tool to press the country's government on supporting extremism.

“The air base is a very nice insurance policy against any additional pressure,” Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba said Tuesday. “Maybe someone in Congress should have a hearing and just say, you know, ’Should we consider moving it?’”

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China jailed, killed at least 18 CIA sources over two years: report

China kailed or killed 18 CIA sources over two yearsThe Chinese government worked to weaken CIA spying operations by killing or imprisoning more than a dozen informants over two years, The New York Times reported Saturday.

American officials told the newspaper that the intelligence breach lasted from 2010 through the end of 2012, essentially undoing the spy network that had been built over many years.

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