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World News: Stampede at Liberia church gathering kills 29 Updated: 2022-01-21 10:20:54 KST

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At least 29 people, including 11 children and a pregnant woman are dead in Liberia, after a deadly stampede at a Christian ceremony in the capital Monrovia on Wednesday night.
The stampede occurred when a gang armed with knives began attacking some of the hundreds attending the event.
According to a police spokesman, the death toll is expected to rise, as a number of people are in critical condition.
One person linked to the attack has been arrested.

Former Pope Benedict the 16th, is accused of failing to take action against clerics in four cases of alleged sex abuse in his archdiocese, when he was the Archbishop of Munich.
According to a report released Thursday, there were at least 497 victims of abuse, mainly young males from 1945 to 2019.
A Munich law firm which has been investigating the allegations, noted that many other cases had probably not been reported, while the former Pope had ignored the abuses.

"In all cases, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI strictly rejects any misconduct on his part. Essentially, he claims a lack of knowledge of the facts and a lack of relevance under canon law. In doing so, he continues to claim ignorance even when, in our opinion, it is difficult to reconcile this with the facts of the case."

The latest report comes as Germany's Catholic Church in 2018 apologized to victims after a report found that clerics had abused around 37-hundred victims in a span of seven decades.
Last year, another report against the archdiocese of Cologne between 1975 and 2018 found 202 cases of abuse and 314 victims.
Regarding the latest investigation, the Vatican, without mentioning the former pope, said it would evaluate the full report and examine its details.

At the young age of 19, British-Belgian teenager Zara Rutherford becomes the youngest woman to fly solo around the world on Thursday, and the first person to do so in a microlight plane.
The trip which took five-months, through five continents, saw her fly some 51-thousand kilometers, before landing in Belgium.
And after months of flying, Rutherford was just happy to complete the journey.

"It's just really crazy, I haven't quite processed it I think. I mean, coming here I was basically in tears just trying to imagine what it would be like finally being home after five months. And even this flight wasn't easy so I'm just super happy."

The teen received her pilot's license in 2020, after training with her father since she was 14.
She now dreams of becoming an astronaut, but mostly importantly, hopes her voyage will encourage more women in science, technology and aviation.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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