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Vatican condemns Pennsylvania child sex abuse by priests

THE Vatican has expressed “shame and sorrow” over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in the state. The abuse was “criminally and morally reprehensible”, the Vatican said, and added Pope Francis wanted to eradicate “this tragic horror”. Harrowing examples of …

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Xiamen Airlines flight crash lands at Manila Airport

More than 150 passengers aboard a Xiamen Airlines flight from the southeast coast of China have been forced to evacuate their plane after it slipped off a runway in Manila. The aircraft reportedly bounced upon touchdown at Manila Airport before coming to a halt on the grassy sidelines, damaging two …

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Company tax cut talks going to last minute

Negotiations on unpopular corporate tax cuts will continue “until the last minute” when they go to the Senate next week. The draft laws, which slash the tax rate for all businesses from 30 to 25 per cent, have been listed for debate in the upper house on Monday. But they …

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Fremantle artwork removal costs blow out tenfold

The cost of removing the Arc d’Ellipses artwork from Fremantle’s streets looks likely to blow out to at least 10 times what the port city council has budgeted. The City of Fremantle had budgeted $15,000 to remove the work by Swiss artist Felice Varini but initial quotes have come back …

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Western Force pumped up for World Series finale

Western Force are treating their final World Series Rugby match against Panasonic Wild Knights at nib Stadium tonight as a grand final. The last of seven exhibition games against the powerful Japan Top League side is also ideal preparation for the Force to launch their assault on the National Rugby …

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