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Belgian order defies pope, insists on allowing euthanasia

Brothers of Charity, Belgium: defy Pope on euthenasiaA Belgian religious congregation is defying Pope Francis' order to stop allowing euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals, saying that its decision to do so is fully consistent with Catholic doctrine.

In a statement Tuesday, the Belgian branch of the Brothers of Charity stood by its decision and said negotiations with church officials to resolve the standoff hadn't yielded results. It said it was open to further dialogue, but stressed it merely wanted to explain itself.


Russian network RT must register as foreign agent in US

RT has to register as foreign agent

The company that runs the U.S. version of RT, the Russian state-owned outlet originally known as Russia Today, must register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent, signaling that all of their content would be labeled as propaganda from Moscow.

In a report Monday, RT did not name the company that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has compelled to file paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, but blasted the edict as overreaching.


UN approves watered-down new sanctions against North Korea

UN vote on N Korean sanctions

The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea but not the measures sought by the Trump administration to ban all oil imports and freeze international assets of the government and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

The resolution, responding to Pyongyang's sixth and strongest nuclear test explosion on Sept. 3, does ban North Korea from importing all natural gas liquids and condensates. It also bans all textile exports and prohibits any country from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers — two key sources of hard currency for the northeast Asian nation.


The Trumpability Index: Where a local Donald Trump might get elected. in Europe

Trumpability Inex in European elections

Now, this American president supposedly isn’t the Continent’s favorite cup of tea (or whatever the beverage of European choice is). A Pew Research Center survey found Trump to be “broadly unpopular” worldwide, with 22 percent of those polled trusting him to do the right thing. Barely a fifth of Europeans are confident Trump will do the right thing, and that includes the Trumpophiles in Russia.

But those numbers don’t tell the whole story. If you look at his most recognizable personal characteristics (forceful and charismatic to his backers; arrogant and intolerant to the other side) and at his signature policies (opposed to free trade and open borders for migrants, skeptical on regulation and the nanny state, my-nation-first everything), then Trumpism holds more appeal in the Old World than the European chattering classes think.

To determine just how much appeal Trump might have in 47 European countries, POLITICO introduces the Trumpability Index.


Mexican quake death toll rises to 90 as Oaxaca reports more fatalities

Mexico eathquake death toll increasesThe death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Mexico on Thursday night has risen to at least 90 after emergency services in the southern state of Oaxaca said late on Saturday there had been 71 confirmed fatalities in the state alone.

“It’s 71 (dead). Just for Oaxaca,” said Jesus Gonzalez, a spokesman for the state civil protection authority.

At least 15 people died in the neighboring state of Chiapas, according to local authorities, while another four deaths have also been confirmed in the state of Tabasco to the north.


Egypt Announces Discovery of 3,500-Year-Old Tomb

Egypt discovers 3500 yr olf tombEgyptian archaeologists have uncovered the tomb of a goldsmith dedicated to the god Amun and the mummies of a woman and her two children, the antiquities ministry said on Saturday.

The finds, dating back to the New Kingdom (16th to 11th centuries BC), were made in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, famed for its temples and burial grounds.


Magnitude-8.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mexico

Mexico gets 8.1 earthquake; worst in centuryA major earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has killed at least 32 people, according to authorities, with the president saying it was the biggest hit the country in a century.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the magnitude of the earthquake late on Thursday as 8.1, but President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Friday it was 8.2, making it the largest in Mexico in 100 years.

He also said it was bigger than the one in 1985 when thousands were killed in four Mexican states.


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