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Pope, Trump offer support to parents of dying child Charlie Gard

Charlie GardThe fate of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill infant, has come to the attention of two of the most powerful people on the planet: Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump.

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that a hospital can discontinue life support to the baby, who has a rare genetic disease. His doctors wish to take him off life support, but his parents disagree. Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, wanted the hospital to release Charlie into their custody so they can take him to the United States for an experimental treatment.

TVNL Comment:  Butt out, Donald.  At least Charlie's parents have full coverage for their child whose brain damage is irreversible.  Stop exploiting this tragedy the way poor Terri Schiavo was used as a political pawn in the nineties.


Merkel campaign program no longer calls US a 'friend'

Merkel no longer calls US a friendThe German election program produced by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party no longer refers to the U.S. as a “friend,” Reuters reported Monday.

The program — which represents the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union parties — now calls the U.S. Germany’s “most important partner” outside of Europe.


Gunmen attack mosque in France, injuring eight

Gunmen attack mosque in FranceGunmen opened fire at a crowd of people Sunday outside of a mosque in France, injuring eight, police said.

The shooting took place in Avignon, Provence, in southern France at approximately 10:30 p.m. Among the injured was a 7-year-old girl.

French news site La Provence reported worshippers were leaving the mosque when two "hooded" men arrived in a Rebault Clio and opened fire.


18 dead in German tour bus crash: police

German tour bus crashGerman police have confirmed that 18 people were killed when a tour bus burst into flames after colliding with a lorry in the southern state of Bavaria.

The crash happened on a motorway near the town of Stammbach on Monday.

"It's clear now that all 18 of the missing people on the bus died in the accident," police said in a statement on on Twitter. The bus had been carrying 48 people, of whom 30 were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries.

Alexander Dobrindt, Germany's minister of transport, said that 11 bodies had been retrieved from the crash site so far, and a search for the remains of the seven other victims was under way.


At least 18 dead in trio of car bombings in Damascus

3 car bobmbs in DamascusAt least 18 people were reported dead and several others injured in a trio of suicide car bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Syrian state television confirmed one bomber detonated early Sunday at Tahrir Square, near Bab Touma in central Damascus, after being surrounded by pro-government Syrian security forces, while the other two were pursued and detonated by security forces on the road to the Damascus airport.


Thousands rally against upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg

Thousands rally against upcoming G20 in Hamburg

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the German city of Hamburg to protest against a Group of 20 (G20) summit that takes place next weekend..

The G20 comprises leaders of the world's major industrialised and emerging economies. US President Donald Trump is expected to make his maiden appearance at the July 7 and 8 forum.

Sunday's demonstration in the northern German city was organised by environmental, labour, human rights and church groups protesting against the policies of the world's richest countries.


Deadly fire hits Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

Deadly fire hits Syrian refugee campAt least one child has died after a big fire engulfed a camp for hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, according to aid workers, who believe that there may be two more victims.

Flames and thick clouds of black smoke rose on Sunday from the site near the town of Qab Elias, which is an hour's drive from the capital, Beirut, while exploding gas canisters could be heard from a distance.


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