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Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions
Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church. "I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it," he said. In a message outlining special measures for the Jubilee year starting in December, Francis said he knew that while "the tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness... many others... believe that they have no other option".
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Smoking rate among US adults drops to 15 percent
The number of cigarette smokers in the United States has dropped to about 15 percent of the population, its lowest in decades, US health authorities said Tuesday. About 36.7 million adults are current smokers, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "The prevalence of current cigarette smoking among US adults declined from 24.7 percent in 1997 to 15.2 percent in January?March 2015," said a report by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
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Two Malian soldiers killed at checkpoint in Timbuktu
Two Malian soldiers were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint on the outskirts of Timbuktu, military sources said, fuelling concern at simmering violence following a breakdown in a peace accord. "The attack by armed men took place at 3 a.m. this morning at a checkpoint on the exit from Timbuktu toward Taoudenit," said army spokesman Colonel Souleymane Maiga. Villagers in the Timbuktu region said CMA fighters pillaged the town of Echelle and forced inhabitants in the village of Acharane to chant slogans in favour of independence for Azawad, the name they give to northern Mali.
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