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Obama tolerance tweet becomes most liked

August 18, 2017 ·  By Dave Lee for


It may be President Trump’s communication tool of choice – but it’s a tweet by former President Barack Obama that has become the most liked in Twitter’s history. The tweet, the first in a series of three, quoted Nelson Mandela and was accompanied by a picture of Mr Obama smiling with a group of children […]


The Pope drops Catholic ban on condoms in historic shift

August 17, 2017 ·  By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs for

Pope Benedict XVI, left, and South African AIDS sufferer Nkosi Johnson Photo: AP/REUTERS

The Pope has signalled a historic shift in the position of the Roman Catholic Church by saying condoms can be morally justified. After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the Pontiff has ended the Church’s absolute ban on the use of condoms. He said it was acceptable to use a prophylactic […]


Pope Francis strikes blow for church ‘liberals’ in condom row

August 17, 2017 ·  By Paddy Agnew in Rome for

Pope Francis has accepted the ‘resignation’ of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Grand Master, Englishman Matthew Festing (left), who had been involved in an internal row about the distribution of condoms. File image: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Order of Malta chief forced to resign after disciplining colleague over ‘breach’ of doctrine Pope Francis has struck a blow for “reform” within the Catholic Church by weighing in on the side of the progressives against the traditionalists in a “condom row” involving the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Both the order and the Vatican […]


Obesity killing three times as many as malnutrition

August 16, 2017 ·  By

Increasing prosperity has led to expanding waistlines in countries from Colombia to Kazakhstan, as people eat more and get less everyday exercise Photo: PA

Obesity is now killing triple the number of people who die from malnutrition as it claims more than three million lives a year worldwide, according to a landmark study. With the exception of sub-Saharan Africa, eating too much is now a more serious risk to the health of populations than eating poorly, found the Global […]


‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease

August 16, 2017 ·  By Health for


People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a million people in 10 […]


Child abuse Royal Commission releases criminal justice report with 85 recommendations

August 14, 2017 ·  By SHANNON DEERY, Herald Sun for

Priests would be charged for failing to report confessions of child sexual abuse in a range of sweeping recommendations of the child abuse royal commission.

PRIESTS would be charged for failing to report confessions of child sexual abuse in a range of sweeping recommendations issued by the child abuse Royal Commission. The recommendations is one of 85 in a criminal justice report published today by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It says the recommendations are […]


Authorities ‘failed to intervene’ in Kimberley child abuse case: WA inquest told

August 14, 2017 ·  By

Mr Coltman said teachers "don't really get anywhere" when they refer concerns of child abuse to welfare agencies due to a lack of resourcing. Photo: Mayu Kanamori

One of the last people to speak to a 13-year-old boy from a remote Western Australian Aboriginal community before he killed himself has told an inquest child protection authorities failed to intervene despite reports of domestic violence. A coronial inquest into a cluster of suicides by 13 young indigenous people in the Kimberley heard former […]


Pope Francis to make surprise visit to Myanmar on peace mission

August 14, 2017 ·  By John Zaw, Mandalay and Michael Sainsbury, Yangon Myanmar for

A priest hears confession in Shan State, Myanmar. There are about 700,000 Catholics in the Buddhist-majority country. ( photo)

Main impetus behind pope’s visit is to help Myanmar make peace with the Roghinyas, says senior clergyman Pope Francis will focus on trying to improve the troubles of about a million ethnic Muslim Rohingyas when he visits Myanmar, in the first ever papal visit to the country, in the last week of November after being […]


UK family found guilty of enslaving homeless and disabled people

August 14, 2017 ·  By Jamie Grierson for

Convicted gang members (top row, L-R): Bridget Rooney, 55, Gerald Rooney, 46, John Rooney, 53, John Rooney, 31, Lawrence Rooney, 47, Martin Rooney, 35; (bottom row, L-R): Martin Rooney Sr, 57, Martin Rooney, 23, Patrick Rooney, 54, Patrick Rooney, 31, and Peter Doran, 36. Photograph: EPA/Lincolnshire police/Handout

Lincolnshire gang forced at least 18 victims to work for little or no pay and live in squalor for up to 26 years Eleven members of a Lincolnshire family have been convicted of a series of modern slavery offences after forcing at least 18 victims – including homeless people and some with learning disabilities – […]


Police paid convicted child rapist to spy on Newcastle sex abusers

August 11, 2017 ·  By Frances Perraudin for

After he was recruited by police, XY was arrested in 2015 on suspicion of a sexual offence against an underage girl. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/for the Guardian

Northumbria police gave man known as XY nearly £10,000 over 21 months in order to gather evidence for Operation Shelter A convicted child rapist was controversially paid nearly £10,000 by police to spy on the network of men who were sexually abusing young women and girls in Newcastle, it can now be reported. The court […]

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