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Latest update : 2013-03-04

Did senior Catholic clerics hush up sex abuse allegations?

A sex abuse scandal is shaking up the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese. A California court has ordered it to release thousands of pages of confidential files, revealing galling details of high-ranking clerics shielding priests from prosecution over sex crimes. The files echo recurring themes that have emerged over the past decade in dioceses nationwide, where church leaders moved problem priests between parishes and failed to notify authorities.

By Valérie DEFERT

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2017-12-15 Africa

The challenges awaiting the new leader of South Africa's ANC

After a decade in power, marred notably by corruption allegations, South Africa's Jacob Zuma is set to hand over the leadership of his ruling ANC party to either his ex-wife,...

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2017-12-14 Europe

Video: Future of Irish border still a thorny Brexit issue

As EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss moving on to the next stage of Brexit talks, we focus on the thorny issue of the UK's border with Ireland. Despite last week's...

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2017-12-13 Africa

Niger's Agadez: Pearl of the Sahara turned migrant hub

Niger's desert city of Agadez has long been at the heart of migration routes. Once home to camel caravans, Agadez is now one of the primary transit points for migrants hoping to...

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2017-12-12 Europe

Spain's Tagus river is drying up

As world leaders discuss climate change in Paris, we bring you a report from Spain, which has been in the grip of drought since 2014. One of the consequences is the plight of the...

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2017-12-11 Americas

USA: Voters speak out ahead of Alabama Senate race

On Tuesday December 12, an election for a US Senate seat will take place in the state of Alabama. Despite credible claims of sexual misconduct from at least a dozen accusers, the...

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