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Sunday, August 19, 2018
For decades, Michael Drweiga has opened his wallet whenever the donation basket comes around at church, but the latest revelations of priests sexually abusing children brought him to the conclusion that he can no longer justify giving. Brice Sokolowski helps small Catholic nonprofits and churches raise money, but he too supports the recent calls to withhold donations. And Georgene Sorensen has felt enough anger and “just total sadness” over the past few weeks that she’s reconsidering... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Fans and worshippers celebrated the life of Aretha Franklin at her father's Baptist church in Detroit on Sunday, with her powerful voice again ringing out within its walls in tribute to her spectacular career. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, greeted by a standing ovation, sent the several hundred parishioners into raptures with his eulogy and rousing prayers for his old friend, the "Queen of Soul." The New Bethel Baptist Church -- located in a down-at-heel, quiet... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
The years with the most acres burned by wildfires have some of the hottest temperatures, an Associated Press analysis of fire and weather data found. As human-caused climate change has warmed the world over the past 35 years, the land consumed by flames has more than doubled. Experts say the way global warming worsens wildfires comes down to the basic dynamics of fire. Fires need ignition, oxygen and fuel. And what’s really changed is fuel — the trees, brush and other plants that go up in... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Iran's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs are at "the top of the list," U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said Sunday after arriving in Israel, where he plans to holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two held a working dinner Sunday and will continue their talks Monday. "We've got great challenges for Israel, for the United States, and for the whole world. The Iranian nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
"For the first time since early 2010, Greece can stand on its own feet," the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) rescue fund said as Athens exited its final, three-year international bailout program on Monday. The ESM allocated about $71 billion over the past three years, after an agreement was reached in August 2015 to help the country cope with fallout from an ongoing debt crisis. "Today we can safely conclude the ESM program with no more follow-up rescue... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
The U.S. is ready to "support, facilitate and participate in direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, the same day Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced details for a new cease-fire. "The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a cease-fire conditioned on Taliban participation. This plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace,"... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, just hours after a 6.3-magnitude quake shook the island, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Two smaller quakes were reported around the same time. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Sunday's quakes triggered landslides and forced residents to flee, but no deaths were immediately reported. The quakes come just two weeks after an earthquake on the same island left more than 400... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
President Donald Trump's national security adviser says he is concerned that four foreign adversaries may be trying to interfere in upcoming U.S. elections. VOA's Marcus Harton has more. (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Nearly two million Muslims have begun the yearly hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia at Mecca - Islam's holiest site. The faithful started the annual five-day ritual Sunday with walking counterclockwise around the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure at the center of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, which Muslims believe is the spot where the Prophet Abraham built his first temple.   Observant Muslims around the world face toward the Kaaba during their five daily prayers. During the... (Full Story)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
11:50 a.m.   Move over, alternative facts. Now, truth isn’t truth. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani used the line Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd. Giuliani was trying to make the case that having Trump sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wouldn’t accomplish much because of the he-said-she-said nature of witnesses’ recollections. Giuliani says it’s “silly” to say Trump should testify “because he’s... (Full Story)
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