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Gang Crackdown Sets Off Bloodiest Week in El Salvador’s History

El Salvador GangStreet gangs in El Salvador murdered 125 people in the span of three days, marking the bloodiest week in the history of the Central American nation.

Authorities say that the murders took place between August 16 and August 18, as a consequence of the war the Salvadoran government is waging against street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18. By the end of the week on Friday, the number of homicides jumped to 220.


Pope Francis to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

Pope to forgive abortionsPope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, the Argentine pontiff announced Tuesday in his latest move toward a more open and inclusive church.

In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication. Usually only designated clergy and missionaries can formally forgive abortions.


Hungary shuts down largest train terminal to halt influx of refugees

Hungarian rail station shut down to keep out refugeesHundreds of angry refugees demonstrated outside Budapest's shuttered Eastern Railway Terminus on Tuesday, demanding that they be allowed to travel on to Germany, as a migration crisis put the European Union's rules under unprecedented strain.

Hungarian authorities closed the train station altogether, then reopened it but barred entry to the refugees. About 100 police wearing helmets and wielding batons guarded the station. Dozens of refugees who were inside were forced out.


Jeremy Corbyn said Osama bin Laden should have been tried, not killed

Jeremy CorbynJeremy Corbyn has come under fire for saying it was a “tragedy” that Osama bin Laden was killed by the US rather than being put on trial.

The Labour leadership frontrunner made the remarks shortly after the special forces raid in 2011 on the al-Qaida chief’s Pakistan compound in which he and four others were shot dead.

In an interview for Iranian television, he suggested the assassination of the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks would result in deeper unrest.


Mega-chain the Children’s Place continues to source clothes in unsafe Bangladesh sweatshops

Bangladesh sweat shopsOn March 2, 135 large cardboard boxes arrived at the Port of Savannah, in the U.S. state of Georgia. They were packed with hundreds of pairs of shorts in two patterns and delivered to the warehouses of the largest kids’-clothing-only retailer in the United States, the Children’s Place.

The first pattern featured blue pineapples on red cotton twill and the second, red palm trees on a dark blue background. Both styles were a bargain, just $19.95 at retail and, after discount, well under half that on TCP’s website at the time of writing. Belying their carefree design, the mini surfer dude shorts came from a cheerless factory in a landlocked city in a country half a world away — Shams Styling Wears, located on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.


IS causes 'severe damage' to Palmyra's Temple of Bel

Palmyra temple damagedThe Islamic State (IS) militant group has destroyed part of another temple at the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra, activists and witnesses say.

The extent of the damage to the Temple of Bel is not clear but residents have described a large explosion.  A week ago IS published images of what appeared to be the destruction of another part of the site, the Temple of Baalshamin.


Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians: residents

Saudi strike kills civiliansAn air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said.

In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city.


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