While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January 19, 2011

VATICAN DENIES NEW ACCUSATIONS OF COMPLICITY IN SEX ABUSE The Vatican says a 1997 letter warning Irish bishops against reporting sexual abuse of children to police has been misunderstood. Critics say the letter is “smoking gun” of Holy See complicity in massive global crisis of priest sex abuse. (AP)

CONGO ARMY COMMANDER ACCUSED OF LEADING MASS RAPE An army commander in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been accused of leading the mass rape of at least 50 women on New Year’s Day. (BBC)

STRING OF BOMBINGS IN IRAQ CONTINUES A day after massive bombing in northern Iraq kills dozens, two more suicide attacks in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, leave at least 15 more dead. (CNN)

US AMBASSADOR TO TUNISIA SPEAKS AS PROTESTS CONTINUE Gordon Gray, the US envoy in Tunisia, calls the popular uprising in that country a “work in progress” and a “new phenomenon.” Demonstrators return to streets to demand end to all the political old guard. (AlJazeera)

SARGENT SHRIVER DIES AT 95 Married to a Kennedy sister, Shriver founded Peace Corps, led President Johnson’s war on poverty and was Democratic VP candidate in 1976. (NYT)



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