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Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 am


Catalonia lawmaker sent to jail in Madrid

Associated Press

MADRID – A Spanish judge jailed Catalonia's top lawmaker Thursday in a rebellion probe stemming from an independence declaration but set Carme Forcadell's bail at $175,000 and ordered her passport to be confiscated as the investigation continues.

Forcadell is speaker of the regional parliament whose separatist lawmakers passed a declaration to proclaim Catalonia as a new republic. She was sent to a jail near Madrid late Thursday but was expected to get out after making bail today. Prosecutors are pursuing charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement against 20 regional representatives in all.

Pentagon says Somalia militants killed

The U.S. military says “several militants” have been killed in an airstrike against al-Shabab in Somalia as the Trump administration increasingly targets what has become the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

The U.S. Africa Command did not immediately respond to a question about whether any civilians were killed or injured. The U.S. has carried out over a dozen drone strikes against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab this year.

Sri Lanka to probe torture of Tamils

Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by over 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's civil war.

An AP investigation published Wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20 of the men, along with photographs of injuries they said were sustained when they were raped, branded or beaten repeatedly in custody. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals against relatives or friends in the Tamil minority who remain in Sri Lanka.

Pope backs book on John Paul I's death

Pope Francis has moved Pope John Paul I – who reigned for only 33 days in 1978 – a step closer to possible sainthood just days after the Vatican endorsed a new book debunking decades of conspiracy theories about his sudden death.

“Pope Luciani: Chronicle of a Death” states that John Paul I, the former Cardinal Albino Luciani, died of a heart attack at the age of 65 and was not murdered as some have theorized.

New book alleges Vatican scandals

The Italian journalist who was put on trial by the Vatican for publishing confidential documents has written a new book alleging a host of Catholic sins, including gay sex in the Vatican's youth seminary.

Gianluigi Nuzzi's “Original Sin,” which went on sale Thursday, reproduces documents from the Vatican's scandal-marred bank, showing multimillion-dollar accounts in the names of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II and their private secretaries. It also delves into the 1983 disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee.

Vatican to stop selling cigarettes

The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty-free shop and supermarket, giving up an estimated $11 million a year in profit. “The Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,” the Vatican said.

A 2015 book based on leaked Vatican documents, “Avarice,” reported that cigarette sales are the second-most important source of income for the Vatican City State after tax-free gas sales.