Media group: 81 reporters died, threats soared in 2017

BRUSSELS (AP) - At least 81 reporters were killed doing their jobs this year, while violence and harassment against media staff has skyrocketed, the world's biggest journalists' organization says. In its annual "Kill Report," seen by The Associated Press, the International Federation of Journalists said the reporters lost their lives in targeted…

Poland donates large sum to preserve Warsaw Jewish cemetery

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The Polish government has donated 100 million zlotys ($28 million) to restore and protect a major Jewish cemetery in Warsaw, one of the country's largest public contributions toward preserving the Jewish culture nearly wiped out in the Holocaust. The Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery, established in 1806, is the resting spot of

Rome's Christmas tree 'Mangy' needled for heavy shedding

ROME (AP) - Rome's official Christmas tree is shedding needles so quickly it has become a jolly joke for city residents. The 70-foot-high tree, which was lit up on Dec. 8, started dropping needles at a fast clip as soon as it was hoisted into the middle of bustling Rome's main square, Piazza Venezia. Romans have dubbed the tree "The Mangy One."

Cardinal Law, disgraced figure in church abuse scandal, dies

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failure to stop child molesters in the priesthood triggered the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died Wednesday in Rome at age 86. Law, who spent his final years in various Vatican posts, had been sick and was recently hospitalized. Law was once one of

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