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British Environment Secretary Michael Gove Enters Race to Succeed Theresa May

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 file photo Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove arrives at Downing Street. London. Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that she will leave 10 Downing Street has set off a fierce competition to succeed her as Conservative Party leader _ and as the next prime minister. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
British Environment Secretary Michael Gove on Sunday became the eighth lawmaker to enter the race to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, as other contenders staked out uncompromising positions on Brexit.
Gove said Sunday that “I can confirm that I will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country” when May steps down as Conservative leader on June 7.
Other candidates for the top job include former Brexit Secretary Dominic...

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Yellow Vest Protest in Brussels Turns Violent; 350 Detained

Police detain a woman during a yellow vest protest with other groups in Brussels, Sunday, May 26, 2019. The demonstration took place as Belgium took to the polls to elect regional, national and European candidates. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A yellow vest protest march was taken over by black-hooded demonstrators and turned violent in Brussels, forcing authorities to detain a few hundred people.
The yellow vest demonstration was intended to be against social injustice on the day of European Parliament elections. But it degenerated into disorder, with some protesters pelting buildings and smashing barricades. Police intervened to disperse the violent demonstrators.
Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said around 350 people were briefly detained but were released later Sunday.
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Poland Confronts the Problem of Clerical Abuse and Its Cover-Up by Church Authorities

In this photo taken on May 15, 2019, Barbara Borowiecka, a survivor of alleged abuse as a minor by a prominent Solidarity-era priest gestures during an interview with The Associated Press. A documentary film with testimony by victims of clerical abuse in Poland is so harrowing that it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with the problem in one of Europe’s most deeply Catholic societies. In December, Borowiecka, 62, told Polish media about being abused when she was 11 by Henryk Jankowski, a prominent prelate in Lech Walesa’s anti-communist Solidarity movement in Gdansk, where a monument of him stood. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
One victim spoke out, and then another, and another...

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U.S. Pulls Forces from Libya Amid Fighting Near Capital

The United States said Sunday it has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to “security conditions on the ground,” as a Libyan military commander’s forces advanced toward the capital, clashing with rival militias.
A small contingent of American troops has been in Libya in recent years helping local forces combat Islamic State and al-Qaida militants, as well as protecting diplomatic facilities.
“The security realities on the ground in Libya are growing increasingly complex and unpredictable,” said Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command. “Even with an adjustment of the force, we will continue to remain agile in support of existing U.S. strategy.”
He did not provide details on the number of U.S...

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Rwanda Somberly Marks the Start of Genocide 25 Years Ago

From left to right, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, light the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Rwanda is commemorating the 25th anniversary of when the country descended into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day period in what was the worst genocide in recent history. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Rwanda on Sunday somberly commemorated the start, 25 years ago, of its genocide in which some 800,000 people were killed, as the country continues to grapple with the lasting consequences o...

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First Cholera Death Confirmed in Cyclone-Hit Mozambique as Over 500 Cases Are Reported

The first death from cholera has been confirmed in the cyclone-hit port city of Beira, with cases of the disease almost doubling in Mozambique in the past 24 hours, health officials say.
Cyclone Idai, which hit on 14 March, caused massive flooding and killed more than 700 people across southern Africa.
More than 500 cases of cholera have since been reported in Beira.
Aid efforts in Mozambique are now focused on containing the disease, with a large vaccination campaign under way.
Some 517 cases of the disease had been reported by Sunday, up from the figure of 271 announced on Saturday, National Director for Medical Assistance Ussene Isse said on public television.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that at least 900,000 vaccine doses would be arriving in the port city this week.
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Rescue Workers Struggle to Reach Survivors After Cyclone Idai Devastates Mozambique in Southern Africa’s Worst Natural Disaster in 20 Years

An area outside the coastal city of Beira in central Mozambique on Tuesday.Adrien Barbier/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Rescue workers struggled Tuesday to reach areas devastated by a huge cyclone in Mozambique, as heavy rains swelled rivers and further isolated flooded communities in what aid agencies called the worst natural disaster in southern Africa in two decades.
In central Mozambique, the area hit hardest by Cyclone Idai, overflowing rivers created “an inland ocean” where countless people were still marooned, a United Nations official said.
Rescue workers reported seeing people on rooftops and in trees days after the storm struck. In areas near the rivers, homes were submerged, with water rising near the tops of telephone poles.
“We took an aerial survey, and as far as ...

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Earthquake, Flash Floods in Indonesia Leave Over 80 People Dead

In this March 17, 2019, photo, people carry an injured earthquake survivor in Bayan, North Lombok, Indonesia. Officials say an earthquake has triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on Indonesia’s Lombok island. (AP Photo/Bimbo)
The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province has climbed to 79, with dozens of others missing, officials said Monday.
On Sunday, the disaster-prone country was hit by an earthquake, triggering a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the tourist island of Lombok, killing at least three people and damaging hundreds of homes.
The worst-hit area from the flooding was Sentani subdistrict, where tons of mud, rocks and trees from a la...

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Gunman Opens Fire On Train in Netherlands; 3 People Killed, 9 Wounded as Police Hunt for Suspect

Rescue workers install a screen on the spot where a body was covered with a white blanket following a shooting in Utrecht, Netherlands, Monday, March 18, 2019. Police in the central Dutch city of Utrecht say on Twitter that “multiple” people have been injured as a result of a shooting in a tram in a residential neighborhood. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
The Latest on a shooting in a tram in the Netherlands (all times local):
3:10 p.m.
The mayor of the Dutch city of Utrecht says that three people have been killed in an attack on a tram and adds that a “terror motive” is the most plausible option.
Jan van Zanen also said that nine have been wounded, three of them seriously.
Van Zanen said that “we cannot exclude, even stronger, we assume a terror motive...

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Happy Women’s History Month!: Celebrate These 8 Notable Women Who Left Their Mark in Christian History

March is Women’s History Month in the United States, a time in which Americans focus on the many contributions women have made in the past.
The observance has its federal roots in a February 1980 proclamation by President Jimmy Carter meant to celebrate “National Women’s History Week” during the week of March 8, which is International Women’s Day. It became an official annual month celebration by an act of Congress in 1987.
Through the centuries, women have made substantial and various contributions to church history, from evangelism to leadership. Indeed, there are too many to list in a single piece.
With that noted, here are eight notable women from Christian history...

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