Orthodox delegation stays away from pope's Mass
TBILISI, Georgia (AP) ? Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a public setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided not to send an official delegation to his Mass and repeated that Orthodox faithful cannot participate in Catholic services.
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Memorable moments in the history of Turner Field
On Sunday, the Braves will play their last game at Turner Field and the stadium will move on to its next chapter, likely as a college football field. Since it opened for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, it's been the site of many memorable moments:
Artillery fire rocks Aleppo as Syria army presses assault
Heavy artillery exchanges rocked Syria's battleground second city Aleppo throughout the night as government forces pressed a two-pronged assault on rebel-held districts, an AFP correspondent reported on Saturday. The government's offensive to recapture the whole of Aleppo has been bolstered by its Russian ally's rejection of Western demands for a halt to its deadly bombing campaign in support of the advancing troops. About 250,000 residents are living under siege by the army in the rebel-held east, and around 1.2 million face daily rocket fire by the rebels on the government-held west.
Production at Nigeria's Warri refinery unaffected by nearby explosion -unionBy Tife Owolabi YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Crude oil production at Nigeria's Warri refinery in the country's restive Niger Delta region has not been affected by an explosion heard near the site, the country's oil labour union said on Friday. The explosion heard by locals late on Thursday follows a series of attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta by militants that have cut the OPEC member's crude oil production by about a third. For now no production is affected," said Cogent Ojobor, zonal chairman of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
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Mauritanian leader, seen eyeing 3rd term, says only voters can change law
By Kissima Diagana NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said any change to the Saharan nation's constitution must go to a referendum, after opposition leaders reacted angrily to a plea by his justice minister that he be allowed to run for a third term. Abdel Aziz made the declaration late on Thursday at the opening of an "inclusive national dialogue" at which delegates from the government, opposition and civil society are to discuss possible changes to the constitution. "The proposals and recommendations that require constitutional amendments will be submitted to popular plebiscite via a referendum," said Abdel Aziz, an important Western ally in the fight against al Qaeda-linked Islamists in the Sahara.
Powerful Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti
Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to tear across the Caribbean since 2007, picked up strength overnight as it barreled towards Jamaica and Haiti, US monitors said Saturday. Matthew, swirling off the northern coast of Colombia and Venezuela and forecast to make a turn towards the northwest, was packing winds of 160 miles (260 kilometers) per hour with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 0600 GMT bulletin. The center of Matthew was located 90 miles northwest of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and 430 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, the NHC said.
Liberia passes law to create seats in parliament for women
By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's rights activists in Liberia on Friday welcomed a new law creating parliamentary seats reserved for women, young people and people with disabilities, in a country where women are poorly represented in politics despite having a female leader. Liberia's House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Equal Representation and Participation Bill, creating five seats for female politicians, one for youths and one for people with disabilities in the nation's lower house of parliament, according to the United Nations agency U.N. Women. "The long-awaited passage of this bill is great news for women in Liberia," said Mary Wandia, programme manager at the rights group Equality Now.