Group accuses Pope Francis of heresy


A group of Catholic scholars and clergy has accused Pope Francis of heresy in connection with a 2016 papal document that discusses divorce and remarriage, according to a 25-page letter made public by the group.

The letter, made public Saturday, asserts that portions of Francis’ document “The Joy of Love,” contains propositions which “contradict truths that are divinely revealed, and that Catholics must believe with the assent of divine faith.”

More than 60 priests, professors and others signed the letter, which accuses Francis of seven specific heresies because of the pope’s “words, deeds, and omissions” as well as specific passages in document.

The criticism centers on receipt of Communion by Catholics who have been civilly remarried. A spokesman for the Vatican did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Experts on the Catholic Church said the letter represents only a small minority of the church, and that it is unlikely to be met with any response from Francis.

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Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case


Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who pleaded guilty in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison.

Weiner, 53, also faces spending the rest of his life as a registered sex offender for his lengthy and lurid social media contacts with the North Carolina teen.

Weiner cried as he read from a written statement in Manhattan federal court, saying he was sorry and that he was “a very sick man for a very long time.”

“The crime I committed was my rock bottom,” Weiner said. “I live a different and better life today.”

Weiner, who must report to prison by Nov. 6, wept again after the sentence was announced.

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Trump signs new proclamation suspending travel from 8 countries, including North Korea and Venezuela


The Trump administration unveiled new restrictions on travel to the United States from eight countries, including North Korea and Venezuela, after its ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expired Sunday.

The new restrictions, to be phased in, apply to foreign nationals from countries the administration says have refused to share information on terrorism, among other issues, with the U.S. government. It also applies to nations that haven’t taken necessary security precautions, administration officials said.

The expiring ban bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who lack a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” from entering the U.S.

The new order drops Sudan from the list — administration officials said it was cooperating with both monitoring security and sharing information with the U.S. government — but adds three new countries: Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

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U.S. to replace travel ban with targeted restrictions


The U.S. is preparing to announce targeted travel restrictions to replace an earlier controversial travel ban aimed at visitors from six Muslim-majority nations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Department of Homeland Security is recommending country-by-country restrictions for about eight or nine nations that have not met standards on counterterrorism efforts and passports, U.S. officials said.

Officials had originally expressed concern about 17 nations, but many of those subsequently addressed the concerns and were not included in the proposal.

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BuzzFeed Announces 2018 Emerging Writers $14,000 Fellowship


Three budding writers will have an opportunity to win $14,000 each and also get mentorship as the Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellowship has commenced the 2018 edition of the usually keenly contested competition.

BuzzFeed is a leading independent digital media and tech company which delivers news and entertainment content to a global audience. It has offices in 18 cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Sydney, Sao Paulo, and Tokyo.

A statement by its Executive Editor, Culture, Karolina Waclawiak on its website, said this year’s competition will give selected budding writers adequate support, mentorship and the required experience to take the next step in their respective careers.

The organisers also said the four-month program is intended to assist such writers break free from hindrances that has kept them locked out from vast opportunities present in the global media terrain.

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100 migrants missing two days after boat sank off Libya


The UN Migration Agency on Friday said 100 migrants were still missing, two days after their ship sunk off the Libyan coast.

“Forty others who were aboard were rescued and seven others are known to have lost their lives,” the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) added in a tweet.

The ship sank Wednesday off the eastern port of Zuwarah – a well-known migrant smuggling hub – after setting out on Sept. 15.

“Survivors said 130 people had been on board when the boat left the Libyan coastal town of Sabratha,” Ayoub Qasim, the spokesman for the Libyan navy forces, said.

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Conte thanks departing Costa for Chelsea success


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte thanked Diego Costa on Friday for his contribution at Stamford Bridge, after the club agreed a move for the striker with Atletico Madrid.

Conte had told the 28-year-old via text message earlier this year that he was no longer needed at the club.

Costa had scored 52 Premier League goals to help Chelsea lift two titles in three years.

A Chelsea statement on Thursday had said they had agreed terms with the La Liga side for the transfer of Costa.

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Trump: ‘We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea’ if continues on nuclear path


In a bracing speech to the United Nations, President Trump threatened Tuesday to “destroy” North Korea if it does not give up its nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang’s “reckless” pursuit of nuclear weapons “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

If North Korea continues down this path, Trump said, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said, using a mocking nickname for North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

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Hurricane Maria heading for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands after pounding Dominica:What we know, where it’s going next


Hurricane Maria roared through the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica overnight with sustained winds of more than 150 mph, ripping the roof off the residence of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and causing “widespread devastation.”

The storm, which has been fluctuating between a Category 4 and Category 5, was taking aim at several more islands including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Rooney gets two-year driving ban


Former England captain, Wayne Rooney, has bagged a two-year driving ban and has also been ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to drink-driving charges in court on Monday.

The Everton striker apologised for his unpardonable behaviour following his sentencing by a court in northern England for being nearly three times over the drink-drive limit while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.

Stockport Magistrates’ Court was told a breathalyzer test showed Rooney’s alcohol level was 104 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath.

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