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U.S. announces $200M in Palestinian aid cuts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, after a review of the funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, the State Department said Friday. The department notified Congress of the decision in a brief, three-paragraph notice sent first to lawmakers and then to reporters. It ...

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Abuse survivor calls for church to change

DUBLIN — A prominent Irish survivor of priestly sexual abuse told a Vatican-sponsored conference Friday that the Holy See must put in place “robust structures” and strong sanctions to hold accountable bishops and Vatican officials who fail to protect children from predator priests. Marie Collins, a former member of Pope Francis’ abuse advisory board, urged Catholic families attending the Dublin ...

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‘Disappointed’ South Africa summons US envoy for Trump tweet

South Africa’s government said Friday it had summoned the top U.S. diplomat in the country to “convey the unhappiness of the people” over President Donald Trump’s tweet about alleged white-owned farm seizures and the “large scale killing of farmers.” In a statement, South Africa said it told U.S. Charge d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn it was “disappointed” over the failure to use ...

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