Report says church abuse still persists
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland was covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, long after it issued guidelines meant to protect children, and the Vatican tacitly encouraged the coverup by ignoring the guidelines, according to a scathing report issued Wednesday by the Irish government.
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Funds freed to pay Madoff victims
A Manhattan judge has released as much as $2.3 billion recovered in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme to pay hundreds of his victims between $22,000 and nearly $64 million by the end of September. Judge Burton Lifland signed an order that allows trustee Irving Picard to begin paying off the claims of about 1,214 investors who lost their savings in Madoff's fraud.
2003 Strauss-Kahn accuser speaks out
The French woman who alleges that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 said Wednesday she finally took legal action because the New York case against the former IMF chief reawakened painful memories. It was the first TV interview the 32-year-old has given since filing a criminal complaint against Strauss-Kahn on July 5, just as a New York judge lifted his $6 million bail in his sexual assault case.
Group sues to stop state prayer day
A group of atheists and agnostics filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to stop an evangelical Christian prayer event that was proposed and is endorsed by Texas' governor. The Freedom From Religion Foundation argues that Gov. Rick Perry's day of prayer and fasting would violate the constitutional ban on the government endorsing a religion.
Woman charged with torture of husband
Orange County, Calif., prosecutors charged a woman Wednesday with two felony counts for allegedly cutting off her husband's penis and throwing it in a garbage disposal after drugging him and tying him to a bed. Catherine Kieu, 48, of Garden Grove faces one felony count each of torture and aggravated mayhem.
ARAB LEAGUE SAYS U.S. OUT OF LINE: The Arab League says Washington overstepped its bounds by saying Syrian President Bashar Assad has lost legitimacy to lead his country. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby says Assad assured him that "Syria has entered a new era and is now moving on the road of a genuine reform."
EGYPT FIRES OFFICERS: Egypt's government, meeting a key demand by protesters, fired nearly 700 top police officers to cleanse the discredited and widely unpopular force. In another nod to demands by activists, Egypt's military is delaying parliamentary elections initially expected to take place in September.
LIBYAn rebels deny talks: A Libyan opposition leader denied Wednesday that the rebels are negotiating with Moammar Gadhafi's regime to find a way to end the conflict. "All this talk about negotiations taking place between the regime and the National Transitional Council are totally false claims," said Mahmoud Jibril, the rebels' diplomatic chief.