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Chile churches attacked before Pope’s visit

Several churches in Chile have been attacked or vandalized, ahead of a visit by Pope Francis, due next week. Three churches in the capital Santiago were damaged by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the next one was for the Pope. The attacks could not yet be linked to a particular group. Chilian President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as "very strange". Speaking to the media she said, in a democracy, people can express themselves, as long as they do it in a peaceful way.

Trump 'in crude Oval Office outburst about migrants'.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a foul-mouthed Oval Office outburst that a UN spokesman later condemned as "shocking", "shameful" and "racist". "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Mr Trump reportedly asked lawmakers during talks on an immigration deal. He was apparently referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. The White House made no attempt to deny the comment.

Second day of riots after the rape and murder of Zainab Ansari


Protesters have set a government office on fire in the Pakistani city of Kasur, in a second day of riots after the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl. The body of the girl named Zainab Ansari was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday. She had been raped and strangled. Police in Kasur say there have been 12 similar murders in the past two years. They say five of them are linked to one suspect who is being hunted by hundreds of officers.

Bill for increasing allotment of Green Cards, introduced in US House

A legislation that seeks to push for a Merit-Based Immigration System and increase the allotment of Green Cards by 45 percent annually, has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The legislation seeks to increase the allotment of Green Cards from the current 120,000 to 175,000, per annum.

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Rescuer saves 'muddy doll' baby in California mudslides

A rescue worker has tearfully described the toddler he pulled from debris following devastating mudslides in Southern California as a "muddy doll". Berkeley Johnson said the two-year-old girl was taken to hospital and suffered an injury to her hip.Rescue efforts are under way in Santa Barbara County for residents trapped by mudslides that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month. At least 15 people have died and more than two dozen others were injured.

Strong quake in Caribbean Sea shakes Honduras, Mexico and Belize, no tsunami

An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck near remote islands belonging to Honduras yesterday was felt across northern Central America but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. The quake rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa roughly 519 kilometers to the east and was felt at least as far north as the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, but no damage was immediately reported.

North and South Korea to begin high-level talks

North and South Korea will meet on Tuesday for high-level talks, the first between the countries in two years.The meeting is set to take place at 10:00 local time at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom.

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South Korea seeks to put family reunions on Talks Agenda with North Korea

South Korea will seek discussions on resuming the reunion of separated families, at this week's Inter-Korean Talks. The talks will largely focus on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics. However, the two sides are also expected to bring up their own issues of interest. Their tentative rapprochement comes after North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un said that his country could send a team to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. South Korea responded with an offer for talks. The offer resulted in the hotline between the two Koreas being restored after being suspended for almost two years.

A militant group says it will keep fighting the Myanmar government.

A militant group from Myanmar's mostly Muslim Rohingya minority says it will keep fighting the government. Attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army last year sparked military reprisals that drove about 650,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. At least 6,700 Rohingya were reportedly killed in the month after last August's violence. The group, seen as terrorists by Myanmar's government, say they are fighting for Rohingya political rights.

Author of "Fire and Fury" says "Trump seen as a child by White House staff"

Michael Wolff, the author of the book, "Fire and Fury Inside the Trump White House", says that White House staff describe the US President as a “child” who needs "immediate gratification". However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has dismissed suggestions made by Wolff that the President's mental health is failing. Mr Trump's lawyers had tried to block publication of the book, alleging it contained falsehood and said they were considering pursuing Libel Charges.  Hitting back at the White House attacks, Wolff said the US President had no credibility and that 100 percent of the people around him, question his fitness for office.

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