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Pope asks sexual-abuse victims for forgiveness

Posted: July 8, 2014 at 3:42 a.m.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Monday used his first meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse to offer his strongest condemnation of a crisis that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church, comparing priests who abuse minors to "a sacrilegious cult."

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Afghan voting results contested

Scores of supporters of Afghan presidential candidate and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai celebrate in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, July 7, 2014. Afghan officials released preliminary election results Monday showing Ahmadzai well in the lead for the presidency but said no winner can be declared because millions of ballots were being audited for fraud. The announcement came as Ahmadzai is locked in a standoff with his rival Abdullah Abdullah, who has refused to accept any results until all fraudulent ballots are invalidated. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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3 bridges razed near Ukraine rebel bastion

A car travels past a destroyed pro-Russian APC near the city of Slovyansk, Donetsk Region, eastern Ukraine Monday, July 7, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko has called the capture of the Pro-Russian separatist stronghold of Slovyansk a "turning point" in the fight for control of the country's east. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

NOVOBAKHMUTIVKA, Ukraine -- Three bridges on key roads leading into the Ukrainian city of Donetsk were blown u... Read »