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February 24, 2019


Hanoi summit nightmare scenario: Bad deals and little change

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The nightmare scenario heading into the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t so much “fire and fury” and millions dead.

Rather, some experts fear the meeting could result in an ill-considered deal that allows North Korea to get everything it wants while giving up very little.

There’s little argument that just sitting down together again in the same room this week in Hanoi is a positive sign. But with the stakes so high, a growing chorus of experts highlight a particular risk: That Trump, burned by criticism the results of his first meeting with Kim were too vague, will ignore his more cautious aides and try to strike a deal that’s cobbled together on the fly with little preparatory work.


Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.”

But his failure to offer a concrete action plan to hold bishops accountable when they failed to protect their flocks from predators disappointed survivors, who had expected more from the first-ever global Catholic summit of its kind.

Francis delivered his remarks at the end of Mass before 190 Catholic bishops and religious superiors who were summoned to Rome after more abuse scandals sparked a credibility crisis in the Catholic hierarchy and in Francis’ own leadership.

In a sign of new measures being taken, the Vatican announced that it would soon issue a new law creating a child protection policy for Vatican City State that covers the Holy See bureaucracy.

Francis summoned 190 presidents of bishops conferences and religious superiors from around the world to attend the four-day meeting to impress upon them that clergy sex abuse and the cover-up of it is a global problem that threatens the very mission of the Catholic Church.


The Latest: Injuries reported after Mississippi tornado

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of a Mississippi city says 12 people injured when a tornado swept through. Mayor Robert Smith Sr. says he was told that the injuries don’t appear major.

The injuries were in addition to one fatality reported earlier.

Smith says a woman and her husband were renovating a house, and when the husband went to get them something to eat, the building collapsed and killed her. She was identified as 41-year-old Ashley Glynell Pounds of Tupelo.

City spokesman Joe Dillon says the tornado also seriously damaged a school and two community center buildings. Smith says warehouses and other commercial buildings were damaged.

The mayor says power outages are down from 6,000 immediately after the tornado to 1,500 to 2,000. But he says it will probably take until Thursday to get power back to everyone.


Venezuela standoff turns deadly as troops block aid delivery

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed drive to deliver foreign aid to Venezuela met strong resistance as troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro blocked the convoys at the border and fired tear gas on protesters in clashes that left two people dead and 300 injured.

As night fell Saturday, opposition leader Juan Guaido refrained from asking supporters to continue risking their lives trying to break through the government’s barricades at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. Instead, he said he would meet Vice President Mike Pence Monday in Bogota.

But he did make one last appeal to troops to let the aid in and urged the international community to keep “all options open” in the fight to oust Maduro.

Earlier, Maduro, who considers the aid part of a coup plot, broke diplomatic relations with Colombia.


Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win

WASHINGTON (AP) — The high school students had set their sights on an ambitious goal — federal legislation to create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases.

Students at a New Jersey school had worked on it for years. Now all they needed was President Donald Trump’s signature. But if he didn’t act quickly, the bill would die.

The students took to social media and enlisted the aid of a new senator from Alabama. It worked: Trump signed and it’s now law, focusing on unsolved criminal cases from 1940 until 1980.

Their interest began in 2015, when their Advanced Placement government and policy class was studying the civil rights movement. They couldn’t believe that in America, so many criminal cases involving racial violence and death could remain unsolved.


Bangladesh official: Hijacking foiled on Dubai-bound flight

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh air force official says a flight from the capital, Dhaka, bound for Dubai made an emergency landing at the airport in Chittagong, Bangladesh, after a man allegedly attempted to hijack the plane.

The official, Mofidur Rahman, said at a news conference broadcast live on Somoy TV that there were no casualties from Sunday’s incident involving a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane, and that a suspect had been arrested and was being questioned. Rahman described the suspect as a “terrorist.”

Bangladeshi soldiers could be seen in the live broadcast taking positions inside Shah Ananta International Airport in Chittagong, 252 kilometers (156 miles) southeast of Dhaka.

Rahman declined to provide more details about the incident, but said that everyone on the plane was safe.


R. Kelly met underage girl while on trial for child porn

CHICAGO (AP) — While on trial for child pornography in 2008, R. Kelly still found time to talk to fans, give autographs and to meet an underage girl he later invited to his home.

That’s according to prosecutors who at a court hearing Saturday depicted the R&B star as manipulative and sometimes violent.

Other accusers included a girl who met Kelly at her 16th birthday party and a hairdresser who expected to braid the singer’s hair only to find that he wanted oral sex instead.

The accounts emerged as Kelly made his first court appearance since being accused of sexually abusing four people. The case could produce another #MeToo reckoning for a celebrity.

A judge set bond at $1 million, meaning the Grammy winner must post $100,000 to be released.


EU chief, British PM May to hold Brexit talks in Egypt

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to hold Brexit talks with European Council President Donald Tusk ahead of a potentially pivotal week for her plans to lead her country out of the European Union.

Pouring cold water on hopes for European concessions on departure terms for Britain at their meeting Sunday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, an EU official warned “there will be no deal in the desert.”

He insisted that EU leaders would not formally discuss Brexit at the EU-Arab League summit here.

In a speech Saturday, May said “our focus to deliver Brexit must be absolute,” even as three of her senior Cabinet ministers suggested they may break with her and back amendments to delay Brexit unless a deal is agreed upon by Parliament in the next week.