Jul 28, 2018

Cardinal McCarrick resigns following sexual abuse allegations

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop emeritus of Washington, from the College of Cardinals, after allegations of sexual abuse surfaced in June.

The details: The church found McCarrick "to be credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly 50 years ago," according to the Washington Post, and additional accusations had surfaced since. Upon accepting the resignation, Pope Francis directed Cardinal McCarrick to observe "a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial."

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India gives Trump warm welcome as brutal protests rip New Delhi apart

People supporting India's new citizenship law beat a Muslim man in New Delhi, India. Photo: Danish Siddiqui/TPX/Reuters

While President Trump enjoys a hero's welcome in India, that nation's capital is being torn apart by violent protests between Hindus and Muslims.

The state of play: At least 186 people — 56 police officers and 130 protesters — have been injured and 10 killed in recent clashes, a New Delhi police spokesperson told the AP.

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Scoop: Israel cancels academic's lectures for criticizing Netanyahu's Iran policy

Prime Minister Netanyahu. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has ordered its embassies in Russia, Canada and Bulgaria to cancel planned speaking events by an Israeli academic and prominent Iran expert, claiming he criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy on the Iranian nuclear program, officials told me.

Why it matters: For many years, the Israeli Foreign Ministry would send Israeli academics who disagree with the government on speaking tours around the world in order to convey the strength of Israeli democracy. Israeli diplomats view the move against the academic as a sign of retaliation and growing fear of dissent on politically charged issues.

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