Feb 7, 2018

Report: Vatican to interview Chilean sex abuse victim in New York

Pope Francis celebrates at Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Photo: Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

A Vatican sex-crimes expert tasked by Pope Francis with probing a case involving a Chilean bishop who allegedly witnessed sexual abuses and ignored them, will travel to New York to speak with a victim in person, the victim told The AP on Wednesday. The same victim sent Pope Francis a letter in 2015 claiming Bishop Juan Barros had ignored the crimes.

Why it matters: Francis is being pulled further into the scandal in the wake of his dismissive comments about it last month. A lay Catholic group in Chile told the AP on Tuesday that Francis had "full knowledge" of the accusations against Barros.

The background: Barros has denied seeing any abuse committed by Rev. Fernando Karadima, per AP. After an internal probe in 2011, the Vatican sanctioned Karadima after finding him guilty of sexually abusing minors in Chile.

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Police officer in George Floyd killing arrested

A protester with a sign with George Floyd's last words. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was taken into custody Friday by Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to the Star Tribune's Briana Bierschbach.

The state of play: Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said that there was no additional charging information yet, as that decision is in the jurisdiction of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Trump forces fateful choices on Twitter and Facebook

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President Trump's war with Twitter is confronting social media platforms with a hard dilemma: whether to take fuller responsibility for what people say on their services, or to step back and assume a more quasi-governmental role.

The big picture: Facebook is trying to be more like a government committing to impartiality and protecting free speech and building mechanisms for arbitration. Twitter, pushed by Trump's inflammatory messages, is opting to more aggressively enforce conduct rules on its private property, like a mall owner enforcing rules inside the gates.

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