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Italian Catholic priest accused of organizing orgies in church and pimping out 15 women

January 3, 2017
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An Italian Catholic priest is under investigation for allegedly organizing orgies in his church’s rectory and acting as a pimp for up to 15 women.

Authorities are investigating Father Andrea Contin, a 48-year-old parish priest at the Church of San Lazzaro in Padua, for living off immoral earnings and psychological violence following complaints from three female parishioners, The Times reported.

A variety of sex toys, pornography obscured with covers featuring the names of past popes, and videos reportedly showing orgies taking place on the church premises have been seized by police, according to local media reports.

The 48-year-old priest also allegedly pimped out up to 15 women on wife-swapping websites and enjoyed expensive holidays with his lovers in exotic locations including Croatia, France and Austria. Among his trips abroad was a stop at a naturist and swingers resort in Cap d’Adge, located on the Southern coast of France, according to International Business Times.

A bishop first received complaints about Contin earlier this summer, but church authorities didn’t contact the police so they could first complete their own investigation, the Times reported.

Contin was, however, asked to leave the parish pending a thorough investigation, though “that does not amount to a conviction,” according to a statement from the Diocese of Padua.

One 49-year-old church volunteer during an anonymous interview with local media claimed she had an affair with the priest and confirmed that they had sex in the rectory.

“There were a lot of women hovering around him,” she said. “I didn’t understand that at first, only later.”

Contin has not been arrested, but a prosecutor is reportedly looking into the allegations.

New UN General Secretary says he is "not a miracle worker"

January 3, 2017
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The new United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, warned Tuesday that the world body faces "very challenging times" and asked for support of reforms to make it better able to deal with them.

Before beginning his first day of work at UN headquarters in New York, Guterres, who succeeded Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general on January 1, addressed staff and diplomats about the need for an overhaul of the international organization.

"I think it is useful to say there are no miracles," he said. "I am sure...

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South Korean President refuses to testify in impeachment trial

January 3, 2017
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye refused to testify Tuesday in the impeachment trial that will decide her future, prompting the prosecutors to question why she has publicly denied the charges of corruption but will not do so before the court.

After Park's refusal, the Constitutional Court delayed the start of oral arguments and asked her to testify on Thursday, when some of her current and former aides are also scheduled to testify. The court cannot force her to appear but can proceed with...

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UK's envoy to the EU resigns before Brexit vote

January 3, 2017
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Underscoring the hectic preparations for Britain's divorce proceedings from the European Union, London's envoy to the EU has unexpectedly resigned only months before the negotiations are due to start and on the heels of a nasty controversy.

Ivan Rogers decided to leave now so that a successor could be in place ahead of the official triggering of the exit talks set for the end of March, the British government said. Rogers was named to the Brussels post of permanent representative in 2013 and wa...

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Germany announces new security measures after Berlin truck attack

January 3, 2017

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Germany's interior minister on Tuesday outlined plans for a security services overhaul, seeking greater federal powers on domestic intelligence and quicker expulsions of illegal migrants following the Berlin truck attack.

Thomas de Maiziere also called for giving federal police wider oversight across the country's 16 states, and for a new national crisis management centre to be set up.

"We don't have federal jurisdiction to deal with national catastrophes. The jurisdiction for the fight against...

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Venezuela launches search of helicopter missing in Amazon with 13 abroad

January 3, 2017
Search parties hunted on Tuesday for a Venezuelan military helicopter that went missing five days ago in bad weather over the Amazon jungle with 13 people on board.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said local indigenous communities were helping army rescuers search the densely-forested area on foot and by boat, but poor weather conditions were preventing overflights.

As well as the four-man crew, the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter was carrying four local indigenous inhabitants, five military pe...

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Killer of Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey, invoked Syria during assassination

December 20, 2016
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A Turkish policeman fatally shot Russia's ambassador to Turkey on Monday in front of a shocked gathering at a photo exhibit and then, pacing near the body of his victim, appeared to condemn Russia's military role in Syria, shouting: "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!"

The leaders of Turkey and Russia said the attack in Ankara, the Turkish capital, was an attempt to disrupt efforts to repair ties between their countries, which have backed opposing sides in t...

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Breaking News: Russian Ambassador to Turkey assassinated

December 20, 2016
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 Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday evening by a lone Turkish gunman shouting “God is great!” and “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in what the leaders of Turkey and Russia called a provocative terrorist attack.

The gunman, described by Turkish officials as a 22-year-old off-duty police officer, also wounded at least three others in the assault o...

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Venezuela seized nearly 4 million "overpriced" toys and gave them to poor children

December 12, 2016
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Millions of poor children in Venezuela will reportedly be getting an extra surprise this holiday season: toys seized by the socialist government from Venezuela's largest toy distributor. 

Venezuela's fair pricing authority seized nearly 4 million toys from three warehouses run by the private company Kreisel on Friday, as agency director William Contreras alleged that the company had underreported its inventory so it could sell toys at higher prices. Two company executives suspected of promotin...

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China warns Donald Trump over comments on Taiwan status

December 12, 2016
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China expressed "serious concern" on Monday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-held stance that Taiwan is part of "one China", calling it the basis for relations.

Trump's comments on "Fox News Sunday", questioning nearly four decades of U.S. policy, came after he prompted a diplomatic protest from China over his decision to accept a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Dec. 2.


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