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Pope offers partial apology to victims but insists bishop did not cover up abuse

Pope offers partial apology to victims but insists bishop did not cover up abuse

Pontiff regrets choice of words after dismissing victims’ claimsPope says Bishop Juan Barros did not turn a blind eye to abusePope Francis has apologised for insisting that victims of paedophile
Facebook: we were too slow to recognise our 'corrosive' effect on democracy

Facebook: we were too slow to recognise our 'corrosive' effect on democracy

Social network hiring 10,000 more staff to combat spread of fake news, and harassment use of Facebook as a weapon in ‘cyberwar’ Facebook has admitted to being “too slow to recognise” Russian election
Critics of Jeff Koons' floral tribute to Paris victims raise a stink

Critics of Jeff Koons' floral tribute to Paris victims raise a stink

Open letter dismisses Bouquet of Tulips, a gift in memory of 2015 attacks, as ‘product placement’ A year after the terror attacks that struck Paris in November 2015, Jeff Koons said he would give the
Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea 'dumped in mass grave'

Bodies of second world war sailors in Java sea 'dumped in mass grave'

Illegal metal scavengers accused of disposing of remains from British and Dutch warshipsThe remains of second world war sailors who died on British and Dutch warships in the Java sea were secretly
Two men jailed for life for murder during botched burglary in Dorset

Two men jailed for life for murder during botched burglary in Dorset

Business executive Guy Hedger shot dead after his husband triggered panic alarmTwo men have been jailed for life for murdering a business executive who was shot dead during a botched burglary at his
From footballer to head of state: George Weah takes power in Liberia

From footballer to head of state: George Weah takes power in Liberia

Crowds flock to hear new president vow to tackle corruption and help the poor It was not the first time George Weah had packed out a football stadium, but perhaps it was the most
IMF lifts global growth forecast ahead of Davos meeting - business live

IMF lifts global growth forecast ahead of Davos meeting - business live

IMF says Trump tax cuts will give economy short term boostCarillion: projects continuing satisfactorily, says Moody’sLord O’Neill optimistic about UK economy despite BrexitBookmaker shares slide on
Micro chips: Brussels' friteries get stylish redesign as mirrored shacks

Micro chips: Brussels' friteries get stylish redesign as mirrored shacks

The kiosks serving frites, Belgium’s favourite street food, are getting a design revamp that will include mirrored facades and personalised signsNo trip to Brussels is complete without a stop at a
French prison blockades spread as minister meets union leaders

French prison blockades spread as minister meets union leaders

Two-thirds of country’s jails said to be affected by protests over inmate attacks on wardensFrench prison officers have blockaded dozens of jails after renewed attacks by inmates increased fears for
US to open Jerusalem embassy sooner than expected, says Pence

US to open Jerusalem embassy sooner than expected, says Pence

Controversial move to be made by end of 2019, vice-president tells Israeli parliament The US will open its embassy in Jerusalem by the end of 2019, ahead of schedule, the vice-president, Mike Pence,
Call for abolition of tolls on Severn bridges to create 'western  powerhouse'

Call for abolition of tolls on Severn bridges to create 'western powerhouse'

Free Severn crossings create ‘once in lifetime’ chance to link cities such as Cardiff and Bristol The abolition of the tolls on the Severn bridges creates a “once in a lifetime” chance to create a
A far from cluttered mind? The meaning of Donald Trump’s empty desk

A far from cluttered mind? The meaning of Donald Trump’s empty desk

In a recent picture, the Resolute desk had nothing on it but a phone, a coaster, a marker pen and a wooden box. Is he lazy or just efficient?It is not often that Donald Trump puts one in mind of
Mylee Billingham stabbing: man held is dead girl's father

Mylee Billingham stabbing: man held is dead girl's father

Man, 54, found at Midlands address with stab wounds arrested for attempted murderA 54-year-old man arrested after an eight-year-old was stabbed to death is understood to be the girl’s father.West
Turkey plans Syria 'safe zone' as shelling of Kurdish area resumes

Turkey plans Syria 'safe zone' as shelling of Kurdish area resumes

Intense fighting has resumed on third day of operation to create ‘safe zone’ across the borderTurkey has resumed shelling a Kurdish enclave inside Syria on the third day of a military campaign that
Mashhad in the spotlight: inequality plagues Iran's holy city

Mashhad in the spotlight: inequality plagues Iran's holy city

Rampant development has emphasised a widening social gap in Mashhad, the starting point of last year’s anti-government protestsThe wave of anti-government protests in Iran at the end of December began
White House records new voicemail message blaming Democrats for shutdown – video

White House records new voicemail message blaming Democrats for shutdown – video

A message on the public comment line now says: 'Unfortunately, we cannot answer your call today, because congressional Democrats are holding government funding, including funding for our troops and
Finsbury Park attacker 'wanted to kill as many Muslims as possible'

Finsbury Park attacker 'wanted to kill as many Muslims as possible'

Court hears Darren Osborne’s anger was fuelled by BBC drama and rightwing propagandaA man who drove a van into a crowd near a mosque intended to kill as many Muslims as possible and had been
Academic freedom at risk at Hong Kong's universities, says report

Academic freedom at risk at Hong Kong's universities, says report

Report says freedom has deteriorated so much that independent monitoring groups should be establishedHong Kong’s universities, long a beacon of academic freedom, bastions of freewheeling activism and
Swedish bookseller 'snatched by Chinese agents from train'

Swedish bookseller 'snatched by Chinese agents from train'

Daughter says Gui Minhai was taken off train as he travelled to Beijing with group of diplomats A Swedish publisher believed to have been abducted by Chinese agents after riling Beijing with his books
Red Arrows ejector seat maker admits safety breach after pilot death

Red Arrows ejector seat maker admits safety breach after pilot death

Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd pleads guilty in case following death of Sean Cunningham in 2011The ejector seat manufacturer Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd has admitted breaching health and safety law at