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Search fails to locate missing Indonesian plane for 2nd day

Missing plane in IndonesiaFor a second day, searchers failed to locate a plane with 10 people on board that went missing in eastern Indonesia, officials said Sunday.

The search for the DHC-5 Twin Otter turboprop plane, owned by the Aviastar Mandiri airline, was again hindered by bad weather and rough terrain, said Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency.


Vatican fires gay priest on eve of Catholic bishops meeting

Vatican fires gay priestThe Vatican fired a priest Saturday after he came out as gay and revealed he has a boyfriend on the eve of an important meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church teachings on family life, a topic that encompasses divorce, homosexuality and cohabitation.

Considered a high-ranking Vatican official, Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, 43, lived in Rome for the last 17 years and worked at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2003.


4 Israelis injured, 2 critically, in stabbing attack in Jerusalem

4 Israelis injuredp 2 criticallyFour Israelis were injured, two of them critically, in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City Saturday evening.  A mother and father in their 40s and a two-year-old boy were among the victims. The parents were stabbed and the baby was lightly hurt in the leg.

Police said the attacker, who was shot and killed by security forces, may have grabbed a firearm the father was carrying but it was not clear if he managed to fire it.


Australia Deports Head of Anti-Abortion Group

Australia deports anti-abortion headThe head of a United States anti-abortion group who tried to enter Australia on a canceled visa lost a court appeal on Friday and was expected to be deported shortly afterward.

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, had been scheduled to begin a speaking tour in Australia on Friday. But immigration officials canceled his visa before he left the United States after Australian politicians raised concerns that he might encourage violence against abortion providers or women seeking the procedure.


Guatemala mudslide leaves hundreds missing

Mud slid GuatemalaRescue workers in Guatemala are digging through rubble from a mudslide that hit a village not far from the capital, in search of hundreds missing.

At least 26 bodies have so far been recovered from the village of El Cambray Dos, rescue services say.

Heavy rains swept a torrent of boulders and mud onto houses on Thursday, 15km (nine miles) east of Guatemala City.


Riots break out after Israeli settlers shot dead in West Bank

Iraelis riot on West BankHundreds of Israeli settlers rioted overnight into Friday throughout the occupied West Bank over the shooting death of a settler couple.

The crowds set fire to olive trees in the Palestinian village of Burin, and to acres of agricultural land in the town of Huwwara, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Both are in the Nablus area, near the site where at least two gunmen fatally shot Neria settlement residents Eitam Henkin, an officer in the Israeli military’s Sayeret Matkal commando unit, and his wife Naama, in their car on Thursday evening. They were pronounced dead at the scene, while their four children, who were in the car with them, were unharmed.


Pope Francis privately met, hugged gay couple in U.S. before Kim Davis visit

Pope Francis met with gay couplePope Francis warmly embraced a gay man and his partner in a private gathering the day before he secretly met controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, it was revealed Friday.

The pontiff personally arranged the meeting with longtime pal and former student, Yayo Grassi, the openly gay man told CNN. Details of the reunion, which the Vatican confirmed, come amid backlash the Pope has been receiving for meeting with the anti-gay clerk.


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