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August 28, 2018

Vatican rolls back on remarks of Pope Francis on psychiatric help for gay children

Vatican City: The Vatican on Monday rolled back on Pope Francis’ recommendation that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies.

The Pope made the comments to journalists as he was flying back to Rome from Ireland, but the Vatican later removed his phrase from its official account, saying he had not meant to suggest that homosexuality was a mental illness.

 

Francis was asked by a journalist what he would say to parents who observe homosexual traits in their children.

“When it shows itself from childhood, there is a lot that can be done through psychiatry, to see how things are. It is something else if it shows [...]

 
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August 28, 2018

Jihadist leader killed in Mali French airstrike: Army

Paris: A top jihadist leader of the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara group, an aide and two civilians have been killed in northeastern Mali by a French airstrike, the French command centre in Paris has said.

“Commandos deployed on the ground (after the airstrike) confirmed the death of Mohamed Ag Almouner and one of his bodyguards. They also found the bodies of a woman and a teenager,” a statement said of the action near Menaka on Sunday. Another member of ISGS was wounded, along with two other civilians. The statement expressed regret at the civilian deaths and said an investigation was underway to determine how they got caught up in the [...]

 
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August 27, 2018

Iran to open lawsuit against US sanctions at International Court of Justice

The Hague: Iran will argue Monday against renewed sanctions imposed by the United States, as a bitter legal battle between Tehran and Washington opens before the UN’s top court.

US President Donald Trump reimposed a wave of tough unilateral sanctions on Iran three weeks ago, bringing back into effect harsh penalties that had been lifted under a landmark 2015 agreement.

 

A second round of measures is to come into effect in early November, targeting Iran’s valuable oil and energy sector.

Tehran filed its case before the International Court of Justice in late July, calling on the Hague-based tribunal’s judges to order the [...]

 
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August 27, 2018

Myanmar Army chief had ‘genocidal intent’: UN probe on Rohingya killings

Geneva: Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, UN investigators said on Monday.

The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed hate speech to thrive, destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against humanity and war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, they said in a report.

 

In doing so, it “contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes”, the report said.

A year ago, government [...]

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