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Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are ‘Contrite’

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Pope Francis will allow Roman Catholic priests to absolve women who have had abortions if they seek forgiveness during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, the Vatican announced Tuesday.

The pontiff said he will allow priests “discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who have procured it and who, with contrite heart, seek forgiveness for it” during the special year, beginning December 8.

“I am well aware of the pressure that has led [women] to this decision,” he wrote in the announcement. “I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal.”

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 Pope Francis: Women Who’ve Had an Abortion Can Now Be Absolved of Sin

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This Photo Shows The Horrific Toll Of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

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Traumatic photos showing a dead Syrian boy lying face down in the sand of a tourist beach in Turkey on Wednesday once again highlighted the immense humanitarian toll of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. 

Note: This article contains disturbing images from the beach at Bodrum that will be upsetting to some readers.

Still young enough to wear velcro shoes, the child’s body was found on shore after two boats carrying Syrian refugees capsized. The boats were attempting to journey from the Turkish town of Bodrum to the island of Kos in Greece. 

Survivors say at least 12 people died in the failed crossing, including four children and a woman. Seven other people were rescued. 

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Jimmy Carter Is Trying a Brand-New Drug to Fight His Cancer

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Former President Jimmy Carter says he has melanoma that has spread to his liver and brain — but he’s fighting it with a drug so promising that its approval was fast-tracked last year.

Carter, 90, has already had his first infusion of the drug, known as Keytruda. It harnesses the immune system to fight melanoma that has spread through the body. Carter also told reporters he would undergo targeted radiation to his brain on Thursday afternoon.

“I’ll be prepared for anything that comes,” he said.

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California To End Solitary Confinement For Thousands Of Inmates

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Thousands of California inmates who have spent years in solitary confinement will move back into the general prison population as part of a lawsuit settlement with the state. 

The settlement, announced Tuesday, ends the class-action suit brought on behalf of thousands of inmates who had filled the Pelican Bay State Prison isolation wing for alleged gang affiliation. Confinement in windowless, soundproof cells remains a possible punishment for prisoners who commit crimes behind bars, but it’s no longer a tool for indefinitely segregating rival gang members. 

More than 500 prisoners had spent more than a decade locked in solitary at the time the lawsuit was filed in 2012, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, one of the groups suing the state. Seventy-eight had been in the Security Housing Unit, or SHU, for more than 20 years.

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Scientists Take Huge Step Toward Universal Flu Vaccine

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A universal flu vaccine — one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years — is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. And scientists just got one crucial step closer to making it a reality.

Two separate groups of scientists published papers this week demonstrating that a new type of flu vaccine can provide protection against multiple strains of the disease, rather than just one. Though a truly universal flu vaccine that could be given to humans remains years away, infectious disease experts hailed the new findings as a major breakthrough.

“These are very good papers. There are no problems with them,” Dr. Peter Palese, a renowned flu expert at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told The Huffington Post. “What we need to do now is put [these vaccines] in humans and see if they work. That’s the only question at this point.” 

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Smugglers who drove migrants to their deaths were part of a vast web

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The smugglers responsible for driving 71 migrants to their deaths in the back of a cramped, unventilated truck in Austria were part of a vast international syndicate that has been a subject of multiple criminal investigations, a leading European law enforcement official said Saturday.

Just four relatively low-level operatives have been arrested in connection with the deaths, which were discovered Thursday when authorities pried open the door to an abandoned truck emitting a noxious odor on the main highway between Budapest and Vienna.

But Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, said in an interview that his organization and national law enforcement agencies were “working urgently” to catch the ringleaders of an operation that epitomizes the rapid expansion and increasing sophistication of human smuggling networks across the continent.

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Truck ‘Full of Bodies’ Found in Eastern Austria: Official

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An abandoned truck “full of bodies” was found on the side of a highway in eastern Austria on Thursday.

Police said the dead were thought to be refugees.

Gerald Pangl, a police spokesman in the Austrian state of Burgenland, told NBC News that the death toll was unclear.

Hans Peter Doskozil, the head of the Burgenland Police, added: “We cannot say exactly how many there are. We could imagine that maybe 20 people have died, but it could also be 40 or 50 … We think that these are refugees.”

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Truck ‘Full of of Bodies’ Highlights Europe’s Desperate Migrant Crisis

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