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Australian police investigate de facto Vatican treasurer over allegations of abuse

Australian cardinal George Pell reads a statement to reporters as he leaves the Quirinale hotel after meeting members of the Australian group of relatives and victims of priestly sex abuses, in Rome, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Pell, Pope Francis� top financial adviser, gave evidence for a fourth and final day to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from a Rome hotel conference room a short distance from the Vatican.

The accusations involve nation's most senior cleric.

Global partnership launched to speed antibiotic development

Deadly: Ana Ong, a molecular lab tech at Walter Reed, holds a culture of E. coli with the drug-resistance gene called mcr-1.

Forces joined in the fight against resistant bacteria.


Senior S. Korean prosecutor indicted on corruption charges

South Korean prosecutors on Friday indicted a fellow senior prosecutor for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars from shady stock transaction deals with an online game maker.


Taiwan driver in deadly bus crash was drunk, police say

The driver of a Taiwanese tour bus that crashed and burst into flames killing all 26 on board, including 23 Chinese tourists, was driving drunk, investigators said Friday.


Japan central bank adds modest stimulus, as economy coasts

Japan's central bank opted Friday for a modest expansion of its lavish monetary stimulus to help perk up sluggish growth and combat deflation.


Indonesia executes 4 people convicted of drug crimes

Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others are put to death.


French ID 2nd church attacker; police had warning about him

French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he's a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but who returned to France instead.


Japan central bank opts for modest stimulus expansion

Japan's central bank opted Friday for a modest expansion of its lavish monetary stimulus to help perk up sluggish growth and combat deflation.


Trump says Putin is better leader than Obama

Donald Trump called President Vladimir Putin of Russia “a better leader” than President Obama, offering the praise in an interview with “Fox and Friends” on…


Vietnam says Taiwan firm's pollution affected 200,000 people

The Vietnamese government said the toxic pollution a Taiwanese-owned company has acknowledged discharging from its steel complex has harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen.


At 90, Fidel Castro is symbol of Cuban resistance to change

White-haired, thin and bent at nearly 90, Fidel Castro in person is a faint echo of the man who remade his country, defied the United States and fueled socialist uprisings around the world.


Thawed reindeer corpse may be to blame in Siberian Anthrax outbreak

First a heat wave hit Siberia. Then came the anthrax. Temperatures have soared in western Russia’s Yamal tundra this summer. Across Siberia, some provinces warmed…


Australia refuses to nominate former leader for top UN job

Australia's government rejected a request by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday that it back his late bid for the top United Nations job, effectively crushing the former diplomat's hopes of nabbing the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.


Insecticide can reduce male honeybees' ability to reproduce, study says

This is first time they're tied to male reproduction.


El Salvador strikes blow against powerful street gang

Authorities announced a series of raids on one of El Salvador's most powerful street gangs Thursday, saying they delivered a strong blow to its leadership and financing.


The Latest: Polish officials say 500,000 see pope at rally

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Poland and World Youth Day celebrations (all times local):


4 killed during Colombia's celebration of soccer title

Colombia's celebration of victory in the South American club soccer championship was marred by violence, with four fans killed in a night of boisterous revelry.


Brazil's former president files petition at the UN

Lawyers for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Thursday that they have filed a petition at the U.N. Human Rights Committee alleging a lack of impartiality and abuse of power by the judge investigating the mammoth corruption-kickback scandal at Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras.


Military: Boko Haram ambushes humanitarian convoy, wounds 5

Boko Haram Islamic extremists ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops in northeast Nigeria on Thursday, wounding three civilians including a U.N. worker, and two soldiers, the army and UNICEF said.