VATICAN CITY

Pope defrocks Chilean

priest in sex scandal

Pope Francis defrocked a Chilean priest at the center of a global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his “supreme” authority to toughen an earlier sentence because of the “exceptional amount of damage” the priest’s crimes had caused.

In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was originally sanctioned in 2011 to live a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for having sexually abused minors.

INDONESIA

10-foot tsunami

hits after quake

A powerful earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, triggering a 10-foot-tall tsunami that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities.

Indonesian TV showed a smartphone video of a powerful wave hitting Palu, the capital of central Sulawesi province, with people screaming and running in fear as water smashed into buildings.

Houses were swept away and families reported missing, officials said, and power to the area was knocked out.

The region was rocked by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake Friday and numerous strong aftershocks. An earlier magnitude 6.1 quake in central Sulawsi killed several people and injured 10.

NETHERLANDS

Palestinians ask court

to kick out US Embassy

The Palestinian Authority filed a case Friday with the United Nations’ highest court asking its judges to order Washington to remove the recently relocated U.S. Embassy from Jerusalem.

The move announced by the Hague-based International Court of Justice comes against a backdrop of deeply strained ties between Washington and the Palestinians, in part because of the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. Embassy there.

The court's decisions are legally binding but not always adhered to.

 

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