International  December 07, 2016
Gays cannot enter Catholic priesthood, insists Vatican
A general view shows Saint PeterA decree on training for Roman Catholic priests published on Wednesday stresses the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders."The Church, while deeply respecting the people concerned, cannot admit to a seminary or into holy orders those who practise homosexuality, show deep-seated...  Full Story
British PM challenges lawmakers to back Brexit timetable
Britain has been pitched into uncertainty by the June 23 referendum to leave the European UnionBritish Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin the EU exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.The opposition Labour party's original motion demanded the government publish its "plan" before...  Full Story
Kerry resumes talks with Lavrov on Aleppo truce
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry, seen in November 2016, met in Germany December 7, 2016US Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Germany Wednesday on efforts to halt fighting and withdraw rebels from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo.Kerry, who is on a farewell tour in Europe, and Lavrov were in the northern city of Hamburg for a gathering of the Organization for Security and C...  Full Story
Pope likens scandal-seeking media to excrement lovers
Pope Francis said some in the journalism world suffered from coprophilia -- a sexual attraction to faecesPope Francis on Wednesday compared scandal-obsessed media outlets who smear politicians and spread gossip to people sexually excited by excrement -- and described their readers as faeces eaters.He also lambasted "disinformation," a subject in the headlines amid debate about the growth of fake online news, and its possible influence on the US presid...  Full Story
Israel votes to advance settler homes bill
The international community considers all settlements in the West Bank, including Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, to be illegal, whether they are authorised by the government or notIsraeli lawmakers voted Wednesday to advance a bill legalising some 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank despite international criticism and warnings over its implications.Fifty-seven members of the parliament, or Knesset, voted to approve the draft legislation in the first of three readings, while 51 were against it.Supporters of the bill...  Full Story
Brazil Supreme Court blocks Senate speaker's suspension
Brazilian Senate speaker Renan Calheiros can stay in his post, according to the Supreme Court, but will no longer be third in line to the presidencyBrazil's Supreme Court Wednesday overruled a bid to suspend the powerful Senate speaker from his position as he faces trial for alleged embezzlement, offering some relief to the scandal-hit government.The court's judges voted to let Renan Calheiros remain in his post but stripped him of his status as third in line to the presidency, on grounds that...  Full Story
Political lifer Matteo Renzi is unwilling to let go
ItalyStart spreading the news: like Frank Sinatra during his extended swansong, Matteo Renzi is saying farewell with no intention of going anywhere.The outgoing Italian Prime Minister bowed out Wednesday, three days after his constitutional reform proposals were booed off by voters.And just like 'Ol' Blue Eyes', the ambitious 41-year-old exits the stage...  Full Story
British lawmakers vote to back PM's Brexit timetable
British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a Gulf Cooperation Council  summit on December 7, 2016, in the Bahraini capital ManamaBritish Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.Lawmakers voted 461 in favour of supporting May's timeline to trigger Article 50 of the European Union...  Full Story
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