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Vatican financial watchdog defends actions after raid

Oct. 23, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's financial watchdog agency on Wednesday strongly denied allegations of wrongdoing by Vatican prosecutors who ordered an unprecedented raid on its offices and seizure of confidential documents. The board of the Financial Information Authority, which works with national...

Vatican denies risk of default over structural deficit

Oct. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican administrator is denying the Holy See risks default over its structural deficit, saying claims in a new book about possible financial ruin are overblown. Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, president of the office that manages the Vatican's real estate and other assets, told the...

Thieves steal Amazon fertility statues as synod nears end

Oct. 21, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' controversial meeting on the Amazon took a criminal twist Monday after thieves stole indigenous fertility statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River. Video of the pre-dawn theft from the Santa Maria in Traspontina church was shared and...

Today in History

Oct. 19, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 19, the 292nd day of 2019. There are 73 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value (its biggest daily percentage loss), to close at...

Pope on World Food Day laments paradox of hunger, obesity

Oct. 16, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for lifestyle and dietary changes to address the paradox of a world in which people suffer from malnutrition in some areas and obesity in others. In a message Wednesday for the U.N.'s World Food Day, Francis lamented the "distorted relationship between food and...

Russia's Putin seeks to enhance ties to US-allied UAE

Oct. 15, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, as part of a Mideast tour aimed at strengthening ties between Moscow and this longtime U.S. ally amid tensions in the wider Persian Gulf. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al...

Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

Oct. 14, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's latest scandal claimed its first victim Monday as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation. The Vatican said its police chief, Domenico Giani, bore no...

The Latest: Cincinnati, Miami now NFL's only winless teams

Oct. 14, 2019 1:36 AM EDT

The Latest on the NFL's Week 6 (all times EDT): ___ 7:25 p.m. The NFL is down to just a pair of winless teams with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins finally getting their first victories of the season. Washington won the battle of winless teams by edging Miami 17-16 with the Redskins smothering a 2-point...

The Latest: Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

Oct. 14, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 08:15 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says Turkey is solely responsible for the escape of Islamic State group fighters from custody in Syria. Foreign Minister Marise Payne was commenting in the Australian Senate after hundreds of...

Today in History

Oct. 14, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2019. There are 78 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager (YAY'-gur) became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1)...