Cardinal to stand trial
Australian Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis, must stand trial on charges that he sexually abused multiple victims decades ago, a magistrate ruled Tuesday. Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed some of the charges that had been heard in the four-week preliminary hearing in Melbourne but decided the prosecution’s case was strong enough to warrant a trial by jury. When she asked Pell how he pleaded, the cardinal stood and said in a firm voice: “Not guilty.”
Storm kills four climbers
An unexpected snowstorm coupled with high winds killed four climbers in the Swiss Alps and left five others in critical condition early Monday after they became trapped overnight and couldn’t reach shelter, officials said. A total of 14 hikers from France, Germany and Italy were left stranded in the Pigne d’Arolla region, police in southwestern Valais canton said. Authorities deployed seven helicopters as part of rescue efforts. The climbers were caught off-guard by high winds, snow and bitter cold, and were forced to spend the night outdoors, Valais police spokesman Markus Rieder said.
U.N. official investigated
The United Nations agency that fights AIDS has reopened a sexual harassment investigation of a top official who was cleared in an initial probe, saying Monday that additional allegations have emerged. UNAIDS declined to specify the new allegations against Luiz Loures, the agency’s outgoing deputy executive director for programs. Loures was the subject of a sexual harassment and assault complaint filed in November 2016 from a lower-level employee, Martina Brostrom.
Surfer rides massive wave
A Brazilian surfer rode a monster wave off Portugal to set a world record. The World Surf League says its judges determined that a wave Rodrigo Koxa surfed at Nazare, Portugal, on Nov. 8 reached a height of 80 feet. The previous mark was by American Garrett McNamara in 2011 — 78 feet. Koxa calls the award “a dream come true.” The league announced the record Saturday at its Big Wave Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. The group says it awards the surfer who “by any means available catches the biggest wave of the year.”
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