26 July 2017
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Cardinal Pell denies abuse charges in Australian court

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse Wednesday at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations.

Premier League big guns reload as transfer arms race heats up

Premier League spending looks certain to shatter all previous records before the current transfer window closes as England's superpowers reload in an increasingly frenzied arms race.

Politics

Republicans scramble to revise faltering health care bill

US Senate Republicans, facing potential collapse of their «Obamacare» repeal effort, were making last-gasp changes Thursday aimed at uniting different factions of President Donald Trump's party.

Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

Democrats kept up the pressure on Donald Trump Sunday over his firing of FBI director James Comey, as members of both parties said the president must turn over any secret recordings of the two men's conversations.

Shameful blocking of reforms

Pell case brings taint of abuse to top of the Church

Australia's move to bring sexual assault charges against Cardinal George Pell is the latest chapter in a damaging saga of abuse that the Catholic church has struggled to draw a line under.

Iran

Khamenei prays for the end of Ramadan

The Supreme Iranian leadership has presided over the prayer of Al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan's month. The celebration was held in a mosque in Tehran. «The Islamic world must clearly support the people of Yemen and denounce the oppressors they attacked during the sacred month of Ramadan,» said Khamenei.

Iraq

Iraqis fleeing the Old City of Mosul arrive in the industrial district of the city on June 23, 2017

In Mosul, ghostly civilians emerge from Old City hell

They all say they are back from "hell". Quivering and emaciated, the civilians emerging from Mosul's Old City have survived famine but often lost relatives and sometimes their sanity.

Iraq forces advance in west Mosul

Iraqi forces are making swift progress in west Mosul, officers said Tuesday, retaking several neighbourhoods on their way to a final showdown with jihadists in the Old City.

Grief and anger

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

The main forest fires that have raged in Portugal since the weekend, killing more than 60 people, were brought under control on Thursday, the civil protection agency said, but grief and anger smouldered across the country.

Germany

Family spat tarnishes mourning for Germany's Kohl

Helmut Kohl was the «chancellor of German unity» but a week after his death, a family spat has cast a glaring spotlight on deep divisions and a looming battle over his legacy.

Great Britain

May to confront Brexit worries at EU summit

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will try Thursday to convince European leaders she can still push through Brexit despite being badly weakened by an election bet that turned sour.

EU could pay Brexit bill to Britain: Johnson

The European Union could end up paying a Brexit bill to Britain instead of the other way round, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told The Daily Telegraph in an interview on Saturday.

Syrian crisis

In Syria's besieged Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

The scene in Syria's besieged rebel-held town of Douma is almost surreal -- tables laden with food to break the Ramadan fast are surrounded by the crumbling carcasses of bombed-out buildings.

Deal reached to evacuate rebel-held Damascus district: SANA

Syria's government has reached a deal with rebels in the Qabun neighbourhood of Damascus for the evacuation of opposition fighters, Syrian state media and a monitor said on Saturday.

Anniversary

Looking back: The Hong Kongers who left

In the years leading up to the return of Hong Kong to China by Britain in 1997, thousands of residents fearful of the future under Beijing jumped ship to start a new life abroad.

Defense

NATO holds first war games on vulnerable Baltic corridor

NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies, officials said Monday, amid tensions with Russia.

Economy

Shots fired in Australia's war on food waste

Australia's first recycled supermarket is giving food destined for landfills a second chance, as the government embarks on a major push to cut down on waste costing the economy Aus$20 billion (US$15 billion) a year.

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Most Asia markets up after Wall Street record, China growth stable

Most Asian markets rose Monday following another record close on Wall Street, while Shanghai stocks pared steep early losses as data showed China's economy grew more than expected in the second quarter.

Could Apple's next big thing be a car?

The California technology colossus behind the iPhone has confirmed its interest in self-driving cars, but experts are trying to deduce the secretive company's plans for traction in a market where others have been speeding along.

Republicans scramble to revise faltering health care bill

US Senate Republicans, facing potential collapse of their «Obamacare» repeal effort, were making last-gasp changes Thursday aimed at uniting different factions of President Donald Trump's party.