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Pope demotes two cardinals over sexual abuse scandals

Two cardinals facing allegations linked to sexual abuse have been removed from Pope Francis's inner circle, the Vatican said. Australia's George Pell and Chile's Francisco Javier Errazuriz will no longer sit on the Council of Cardinals, set up by the pope as an international advice body. The pair were absent from the last meeting of the group in
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Maduro accuses US of plotting to kill him

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro has accused the US of plotting to kill him and topple his government. He told reporters that US National Security Adviser John Bolton was personally involved in the plot, but did not produce any evidence. President Trump has labelled the leftist leader a dictator and has imposed sanctions. Earlier this week the US criticised
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Brazil shooting: Campinas cathedral gunman ‘mentally ill’

Police investigating a deadly shooting in a cathedral in the Brazilian city of Campinas have identified the gunman. Euler Fernando Grandolpho opened fire in the Metropolitan Cathedral after midday Mass on Tuesday. Four people were killed and four more injured before the 49-year-old turned the gun on himself after being shot by police. Officers said the systems analyst
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Rodents in Colombia senate send lawmakers scurrying

"Rats!" is a popular insult hurled a politicians thought to be corrupt in Colombia. But rather than shouting the word from the visitors' gallery as protesters have before, an unidentified person threw live rodents onto conservative senators on Tuesday. The reaction to the rodents was varied. Some senators shrieked and laughed and took their mobiles out to film the
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Argentina Dirty War: Two former Ford executives jailed

Two former Ford executives in Argentina have been given long jail sentences for collaborating with the country's brutal military regime in 1976-83. Factory manager Pedro Muller was sentenced to 10 years and ex-security chief Hector Sibilla given 12 years. They were found guilty of providing information about leftist union leaders who were later kidnapped and
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US-Russian spat over Russian bombers landing in Venezuela

Russian and US officials have been involved in a spat over the landing in Venezuela of two Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The two Tu-160 bombers landed in Venezuela on Monday in a Russian show of support for the government of socialist President Nicolás Maduro. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the deployment amounted to a "squandering of