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Monday, October 5, 2015
Francis defends marriage after gay priest bombshell
Pope Francis on Sunday defended marriage and heterosexual couples as he opened a synod on the family overshadowed by a challenge to Vatican orthodoxy by a gay priest.
Guatemala family loses seven, missing four after mudslide
A wall of mud stopped everyday life mid-text, mid-sentence, mid-dream for the family of Manuel Sandoval and Maritza Aquino.
Moderate mainstream parties were expected to triumph in Portugal's general election Sunday, after more radical alternatives failed to exploit public discontent over austerity measures.
Portugal's center-right coalition government earned another four-year term Sunday, winning a general election behind an improving economy that weathered the austerity measures contested across Europe, but falling short of a crucial outright majority in Parliament.
At least 16 people were killed in violent storms and flooding that struck the chic French Riviera overnight, with three people still missing, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.
Extreme poverty will this year fall to less than 10 percent of the global population for the first time, although there is still "great concern" for millions in Africa, a World Bank report said Sunday.
Streets submerged after heavy rain batters US
Relentless rain left large areas of the U.S. southeast under water Saturday and forecasters warned that more heavy downpours could trigger historic flooding in the crucial next 24 hours.
Hope faded Sunday for finding any survivors of a mudslide that killed at least 131 people as the smell of rotting bodies spread across the enormous mound of earth and rescuers reported the buried dwellings they reached were filled with water, suggesting anyone trapped inside would have drowned.
Mormon church selects three new leaders; all from Utah
The Mormon church didn't go far to select three new members for a top governing body that sets policy and runs the worldwide faith's business operations -- choosing two former business executives and a cardiologist from Utah who had already been serving in lower church leadership positions.
Syrian activists said late Sunday that Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group's campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.
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