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The 'spiritual leader' of the group behind the 2002 Bali bombings will be freed

Abu Bakar Bashir, a radical Islamic cleric and the alleged mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombings, has been granted early release from jail on humanitarian grounds.

Controversial Indian spiritual guru sentenced to life in prison for murder

A controversial Indian spiritual guru has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2002 murder of a journalist who helped expose the sexual abuse of women within his sect.

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Mariah Carey and ex-manager accused by ex-assistant of abuse

The singer's former assistant accuses them of subjecting her to "severe sexual harassment and discrimination".

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Timothee Chalamet stars in Beautiful Boy, the real life story of a teen's drug addiction

Beautiful Boy is the true life story of Nic Sheff and his battle with substance abuse.

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Indigenous Peoples Stage Solidarity March on Washington

“U.S. political leaders and the media have ignored us long enough.” That’s the message thousands of international indigenous activists will be ...

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US Lawyer Who Represented Saudi Men Who Fled Facing Threats

The Oregon attorney who represented Saudi nationals who fled the country after their government paid their bail has temporarily closed her law ...

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R. Kelly’s manager expected to surrender to authorities after threat to family featured in Lifetime doc

At least part of R. Kelly’s circle is finding itself in legal trouble just by association with the embattled R&B singer who is fighting increasingly heated allegations of sexual abuse after a documentary focused on his relationships with ...

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US Envoy: Taliban Must Engage Afghan Government

A high-level U.S. diplomat responsible for negotiations with the Taliban made it clear the insurgent group would have to engage with the Afghan government if they wanted the peace process to move forward. "The road to peace will require the Taliban to sit with the Afghan government. There is a consensus among all the regional partners on this ...

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Vatican Sources: Disgraced Former US Cardinal Could Be Defrocked

Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be defrocked in the next few weeks over allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, two Vatican sources said. Last July, McCarrick became the first Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal. The allegations against him date back to ...

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Barr Seeks to Assure Senators He Won't Be a Trump Loyalist

Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed ...

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'I want to stand up for every woman experiencing abuse'

Model Judith Heard hopes her story of sexual abuse will prompt other women to tell their stories - and to support one another.

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Jonathan Nez Sworn In as Navajo Nation President

Jonathan Nez delivered a message of hope, resilience and change Tuesday in his inaugural address as president of the Navajo Nation, drawing from the tribe's history as a way to move forward. He and Vice President Myron Lizer took the oath of ...

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Baltimore Church Leaders Handing Over Files Amid Abuse Probe

The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 internal files to Maryland's top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and are in the process of handing over more, church leaders announced Tuesday. Archbishop William Lori described the clergy sex abuse scourge that's been rocking the church as a ... /
R. Kelly’s music career left uncertain and under scrutiny after sex abuse allegations

  In response to the public outcry following the showing of “Surviving R. Kelly,” RCA/Sony has allegedly decided to put his music career on hold while authorities investigate explosive claims of sexual misconduct and abuse by several women. Unnamed sources tell The Daily Mail that the singer’s label will refrain from putting ...

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US Envoy in Kabul to Advance Afghan Peace Efforts

Zalmay Khalilzad, the man responsible for overseeing America’s negotiations with the Afghan Taliban, arrived Tuesday night in Kabul, after making stops in India, the United Arab Emirates, and China. He is expected to visit Islamabad next. His ...

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Taliban Official Tells VOA Peace Talks With US Stalled

The fledgling U.S.-initiated dialogue with the Taliban, aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, has come to a halt, an insurgent spokesperson said ...

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American-Founded Liberian Academy's Investigation Looms Over Parents

Parents of students at an all-girl American academy in Liberia are anxiously awaiting an investigation into allegations that the charity failed to ...

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American-Founded Liberian Academy's Investigation Looms Over Parents

Parents of students at an all-girl American academy in Liberia are anxiously awaiting an investigation into allegations that the charity failed to act on signs of a staff member’s sexual abuse. A 2018 exposé co-published by the U.S.-based research organization ProPublica and Time magazine on the More Than Me Academy sparked public outrage over ...

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US Says Time for New Government in Venezuela

The United States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the South American country. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that it stood behind the head of Venezuela’s opposition-run congress, Juan Guaido, who said on Friday that he was ...

Trump's shameless use of female pain to sell his border wall

The president’s apparent concern this week for the victims of sexual assault and abuse is curious considering his actions.

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Pompeo Confident of US Deal With Turkey to Protect Kurds

Despite Turkey’s vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to ...

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Eyeing Iran, US to Host Mideast Peace, Security Ministerial Meeting in Warsaw

With an eye on Iran, the United States and Poland will jointly host a ministerial meeting to promote peace and security in the Middle East. The ...

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'Colourism is big in the Asian community'

British Bangladeshi vloggers Bilal and Mima say Asian people abuse each other over how dark their skin is.

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Poll: Faith in Clergy’s Honesty Tanks Among US Catholics

A Gallup poll has found that fewer than a third of U.S. Catholics rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy as “very high” or “high,” the ... /
WATCH: 4-year-old’s plea for kidney donation for dad will give you all the feels

From the mouth of babes, a sweet four-year-old has issued a public plea to help find a kidney donation for her dear ole’ dad, Delbon Johnson, CBS 46 reports. —After firestorm Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, says she stands with his sexual abuse victims— “Hi, my name is Madison and I’m four years old […] The post ... /
Courageous grandmother fights gang violence with #IAintFromNowhere campaign

Wilma Galathe, a 72-year-old grandmother, is leading an anti-gang violence campaign in Los Angeles after her grandson was killed by a gang member who asked, “where you from?” —After firestorm Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, says she stands with his sexual abuse victims— Galathe’s 15-year-old grandson Mark Leroy Tyree ... /
Hero mom battles school for ordering son’s dreadlocks be cut ‘I won’t conform to racist policies’

A mom in Texas is fighting against her six-year-old son’s school after learning that he was ordered by administrators to cut his dreadlocks off. —After firestorm Lady Gaga apologizes for R. Kelly collaboration, says she stands with his sexual ...

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