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In a letter to all Chilean Catholics, Pope Francis praised victims of sexual abuse in the country for persevering in bringing the truth to light despite attempts by Church officials to discredit them.
In a letter to all Chilean Catholics, Pope Francis praised victims of sexual abuse in the country for persevering in bringing the truth to light despite attempts by Church officials to discredit them.PHOTO: REUTERS

Pope promises ‘never again’ to sex abuse in Chile, re-opens investigation

Pope Francis on Thursday (May 31) promised Chilean Catholics scarred by a culture of clergy sexual abuse that “never again” would the Church ignore them or the cover-up of abuse in their country, where a widespread scandal has devastated its credibility.

The pope issued the comments in a letter to all Chilean Catholics as the Vatican announced that Francis was sending his two top sexual abuse investigators back to the country to gather more information about the crisis there.

The Vatican’s most experienced sexual abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, and Father Jordi Bertomeu, a Spaniard, had visited Chile earlier this year.

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Real progress in North Korea talks: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Real progress has been made in talks between the United States and North Korea ahead of a proposed summit in Singapore, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists in New York after a second meeting with Mr Kim Yong Chol, right hand man to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the senior most official from that country to visit the US in almost 20 years.

Mr Pompeo confirmed that Mr Kim Yong Chol will travel to Washington on Friday (June 1) to deliver a personal letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to President Donald Trump.

Mr Pompeo stopped short of confirming that the on-again, off-again summit panned for June 12 is finally set. Asked if that would become clear on Friday he said "I don't know."

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Canada to retaliate against US steel and aluminum tariffs

Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6 billion (S$17.14 billion) worth of US exports and challenge US steel and aluminum tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organisation, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday.

"We have to believe that at some point, common sense will prevail," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference, hours after the United States said it will impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

"Unfortunately, the actions taken today by the American government do not seem to be headed in that direction," Trudeau said.

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Weinstein due back in Manhattan court on June 5

Disgraced Hollywood powerbroker Harvey Weinstein is due back in court on June 5 to be formally arraigned after being indicted by a grand jury on rape and sex crime charges.

The 66-year-old was initially charged last week in what was hailed a landmark for the #MeToo movement, nearly eight months after his career imploded in a blaze of accusations of misconduct.

He is now expected to plead not guilty during an arraignment scheduled at a New York criminal court next Tuesday (June 5) at 10 am (1400 GMT).

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Athletics: Pole vaulter Rachel Yang baffled by omission, thought she had qualified for Asiad

National pole vaulter Rachel Yang is shocked and seeking answers after finding out she was not on the list of athletes who made the first cut to compete at the Aug 18-Sept 2 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Yang, 36, had been nominated by Singapore Athletics (SA) and had expected to be selected because she met the Singapore National Olympic Council's (SNOC) criteria of a sixth-placed finish at the Asiad.

At last June's Thailand Open, she cleared a height of 3.91 metres, which was better than the sixth-placed result of 3.9m by Chayanisa Chomchuendee of Thailand at the 2014 Games in Incheon, South Korea.

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