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Australia's Cardinal Pell remanded into custody for child sex offences

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's Cardinal George Pell, a former top adviser to Pope Francis, was remanded into custody on Wednesday after a sentence plea hearing on his conviction for sexually abusing two choir boys more than two decades ago.


It makes sen-se for festive beggars

A LONG line of people “welcomed” me as I went up the steep road leading to the Jade Emperor Pavilion near the foot of Penang Hill.


EU Commission rebukes Hungary's new media campaign as "fake news"

BUDAPEST/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission on Tuesday rebuked a media campaign by the Hungarian government aimed at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. businessman George Soros, accusing Brussels of pushing migration plans threatening Hungary.


Trump urges Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro or 'lose everything'

MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country.


It makes sen-se for festive beggars

Pinang points - Liew Jia Xian A LONG line of people ‘welcomed’ me as I went by motorcycle up the steep road leading to the Jade Emperor Pavilion near the foot of Penang Hill.

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Begging for festive handouts

WITH a cigarette in one hand and a smartphone in the other, a ‘beggar’ waited patiently for people to put money in his plastic cup as he sat on the road leading to the famous Thnee Kong Tnuah (Jade Emperor Pavilion) in Ayer Itam, Penang.


Showdown looms as Venezuela's Guaido sets aid entry date

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido told a huge rally of supporters on Tuesday that humanitarian aid would enter the country on Feb. 23, setting the stage for a showdown with President Nicolas Maduro who has refused to let supplies in.


Maduro - Venezuelans not 'beggars,' give humanitarian aid to Colombians

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday the U.S.-backed humanitarian aid being stockpiled in the Colombian border city of Cucuta for his country should be distributed to poor Colombians as Venezuelans are not "beggars."


U.N. warns against politicizing humanitarian aid in Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers.


U.S. sends aid to Colombia-Venezuela border; Maduro rejects help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has sent food and medicine to Colombia's border with Venezuela, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, although it is still unclear how the aid will get past the objections of President Nicolas Maduro, who has blocked shipments in the past.