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Snowstorm, deep freeze leave 4 dead
ATLANTA: Commuters in the US South face frigid temperatures and dangerously slick roads on Thursday after a deadly winter storm thrashed the region with heavy snow and winds that snapped power lines. Schools in New Orleans, Charlotte and Atlanta and across the region cancelled classes on Thursday as winter weather advisories from the National Weather Service (NWS) remained in effect from eastern Texas to Florida
 
 
Pope defends bishop accused of abuse cover-up
IQUIQUE: Pope Francis on Thursday strongly defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up a priest’s sexual abuse of minors. “The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will speak,” the pope said in response to a journalist’s question about the 61-year-old bishop, appointed by Francis in 2015 despite being accused of covering up another priest’s abuse of boys. “There is not a single piece of proof against him.
   
Five killed after train crashes in Mexico City suburb
MEXICO CITY: A train derailed in a densely populated Mexico City suburb on Thursday morning, killing at least five people, local authorities said. The train, which was transporting cargo, crashed in Ecatepec, a large municipality in the State of Mexico that forms part of the urban sprawl extending from the capital. After the train ran off the tracks, one of its cars careened into a house, killing at least five inhabitants, the
 
 
Wall stance hasn’t ‘evolved,’ Mexico will pay: Trump
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump insisted on Thursday that his plan for a wall along the Mexican border has “never changed or evolved,” in tweets posted after his chief of staff said he was not “fully informed” when he pledged to build it last year. Retired General John Kelly’s remarks, made to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and reported by the New York Times Wednesday, were a rare departure from the president
   
Allen says claim he molested daughter ‘discredited’
WASHINGTON: Woody Allen on Thursday issued another denial of child molestation, accusing his ex-lover’s family of “cynically” jumping on the Time’s Up movement in Hollywood to repeat a “discredited allegation.” The legendary American film director issued the statement after his estranged, adopted daughter Dylan Farrow revived allegations that Allen sexually assaulted her as a seven-year-old girl, with her first full television
 
 
EU to blacklist seven top Venezuelan officials
BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) agreed to add Venezuela’s interior minister and six other senior officials to its sanctions blacklist on Thursday, European sources said, the first time the bloc has targeted individual members of President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. The head of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the chief of the intelligence agency are also blacklisted, diplomatic sources said, making them subject to asset freezes
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