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Vatican recalls diplomat from U.S. over child pornography

Vatican recalls diplomat from U.S. over child pornography

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Vatican has recalled a diplomat from the United States after the State Department last month requested diplomatic immunity be waived over possible violation of child pornography laws.The U.S. Department of State notified the Vatican on August 21 that one of its diplomats had possibly violated laws related to pornographic images of children through diplomatic channels, and requested the waiver.The Vatican said Friday that it has recalled the diplomat in question, whose name has not been released, and opened its own investigation into the matter."The Holy See, following the practice of sovereign states, recalled the priest in question, who is currently in Vatican City," Vatican officials said in a statement."The Promoter of Justice opened an investigation and has alread...
North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

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North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, creating new tension in the region after its nuclear bomb test less than two weeks ago.The missile reached an altitude of about 770km (478 miles), travelling 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido, South Korea's military says.It flew higher and further than one fired over Japan late last month. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country would "never tolerate" such "dangerous provocative action".South Korea responded within minutes by firing two ballistic missiles into the sea in a simulated strike on the North. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also condemned the launch and the UN Security Council will meet later on Friday in New York at the request of America and Japan.Why does this new test matter?The launch took ...
Hurricane Max hits southern Mexico near Acapulco

Hurricane Max hits southern Mexico near Acapulco

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Hurricane Max hit Mexico's southern Pacific coast as a Category 1 storm Thursday and was expected to move inland into Guerrero state, a region that includes the resort city of Acapulco. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for Max for the coastline between Zihuatanejo and Punta Maldonado. The center said Max should weaken as it moves over land but could bring "life-threatening flash floods and rainfall" to Guerrero and Oaxaca states. Max had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph), was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) east-southeast of Acapulco and was heading toward the east at 8 mph (13 kph), the hurricane center reported. The area where Max is making landfall is a sparsely populated area dotted with fishing villages. Acapulco, about 30 miles (60 kilom...
Kuala Lumpur school fire kills students and teachers

Kuala Lumpur school fire kills students and teachers

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At least 24 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning.The victims are thought to been trapped in their dormitory as the windows were barred with metal grilles."It is one of the country's worst fire disasters in the past 20 years," Khirudin Drahman, director of the fire and rescue department, told AFP.Initial counts put the death toll at 25, but police later revised that down by one.Police said the dead were 22 students - all boys between the age of 13 and 17 - and two staff members. Ten people were taken to hospital, and four are thought to have serious injuries. The blaze was reported at around 05:40 local time on Thursday morning (21:40...
Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

Irma: Eight dead at Florida nursing home left without power

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEight people at a Florida nursing home that was left without power for days after Hurricane Irma have died.Police evacuated 115 residents on Wednesday from the facility, whose air conditioning was cut by the storm.Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said three were found dead at the nursing home in the city of Hollywood. Five others died in hospital.Ten million people are still without power in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas after Hurricane Irma.The storm - which has claimed more than two dozen lives in the US - struck southwestern Florida on Sunday morning as a category four hurricane before weakening to a tropical depression on Monday.Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where nearly 40 people were killed.Hollywood Po...