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Cardinal takes leave from Vatican after sex assault charges
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' top advisers, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial czar on Thursday to fight multiple criminal charges in his native Australia that allege he committed sexual assault years ago....

The Latest: Pope appreciates Pell's honesty, finance work
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Latest on Vatican Cardinal George Pell being charged with sex offenses in Australia (all times local):...

UK government delays Murdoch takeover of Sky
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government stalled Twenty-First Century Fox's takeover bid of the Sky pay television and broadband network Thursday after media regulators expressed concern about the influence of Rupert Murdoch and his family....

UK leader names chair of inquiry into London tower fire
LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a retired judge Thursday to chair a public inquiry into the devastating west London fire that killed at least 80 people, as more high rises across the country failed fire-safety tests....

Cyberattack: Shipping giant's terminals slowly recovering
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, one of the global companies hardest hit by a malicious software that froze computers around the globe, said Thursday that most of its terminals are now operational, though some remain crippled....

Germany denies permission for Erdogan rally on G-20 visit
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany will deny permission for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to address Turks at a rally when he visits for the upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany's foreign minister said Thursday....

As South Sudan's civil war rages, cholera takes deadly toll
PIERI, South Sudan (AP) -- Clasping frail arms around his stomach, Machar Weituor doubles over in pain as he slowly positions himself over the hole in his bed. Too feeble to make it to the toilet, the 40-year-old groans faintly as he defecates into a bucket....

China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing taking control of the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities showed little patience for pro-democracy protests....

In Mosul, Iraqi forces take landmark mosque blown up by IS
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi forces on Thursday captured the compound of a landmark mosque in Mosul that was blown up last week by the Islamic State group - a hugely symbolic site from where the top IS leader declared an Islamic "caliphate" nearly three years ago....

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French President Macron: Europe reaffirms 'very strong commitment' to Paris accord, hopes others 'might follow us'

Latin America/Caribbean
Supreme Court bars chief prosecutor from leaving Venezuela

Middle East
Egypt raises fuel prices for second time in less than a year