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News in the Humanosphere: Catholic Church apologizes for role in Rwandan genocide

Ntarama Roman Catholic Church located outside of Kigali, Rwanda. Thousands of Tutsis took refuge in the church during the 1994 genocide, only to be slaughtered. (Credit: Gloria Upchurch/flickr)

The Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized on Sunday for the church’s role in the 1994 genocide, saying it regretted the actions of those who participated in the massacres. “We apologize for all the wrongs the church committed. We apologize on behalf of all Christians for all forms of wrongs we committed. We regret that church members violated (their) oath of allegiance to God’s commandments,” said the statement by the Conference of Catholic Bishops, which was read out in parishes across the country. The statement acknowledged that church members planned, aided and executed the genocide, in which over 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu extremists. (AP

Myanmar braces for Zika outbreak…The World Health Organization’s Myanmar country head Jorge M. Luna, warned Myanmar was likely to experience more cases of the mosquito-borne virus that has spread quickly in the region, with the number of infections doubling in Vietnam and 33 fresh cases confirmed in Thailand this week. (TRF

Mass casualty train derailment…At least 119 people were killed and more than 150 injured when an Indian express train derailed in northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, with the toll set to rise amid a scramble to locate survivors. Police officials said people were still missing as authorities tried to determine what caused 14 carriages of the train traveling between the northeastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore to suddenly roll off the tracks in Pukhrayan, 65 km south of Kanpur city. (Reuters

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Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations ended their annual summit Sunday with a call to resist protectionism amid signs of increased free-trade skepticism, highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election. (AP

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Haitian elections officials and international observers said they were pleased with how Haiti’s long-awaited presidential rerun and legislative elections took place Sunday, even though turnout remained a concern. (Miami Herald

A rescue ship carrying more than 200 migrants and eight bodies, docked in Sicily on Sunday after a deadly week in the Mediterranean in which hundreds drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya. (Reuters


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