AP Exclusive: Letter about abuse cover-up belies pope denial

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The letter was graphic not just in describing how the priest kissed and fondled the boy, but also in how other priests who saw the abuse tried to hush it up. Pope Francis said recently that none of the victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up, so the news that the letter was hand-delivered to Francis in 2015 is adding fuel to one of the biggest scandals of his five-year papacy.

  • Written by By NICOLE WINFIELD and EVA VERGARA , Associated Press

US starts Iraq drawdown after declaration of victory over IS


AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in Iraq.

  • Written by By SUSANNAH GEORGE and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA , Associated Press

Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo

CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the country's famed pyramids at the Giza plateau just outside of Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said Saturday, the latest discovery that authorities hope will help revive the country's staggering tourism sector.

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  • Written by By MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press

Will Trump plan help New Orleans' crumbling infrastructure?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When a heavy rain hits New Orleans, residents move their cars to higher ground for fear of fast-rising street flooding. Knee-deep potholes can eat a car's fender. When pressure drops in the city's aging water delivery system, restaurants and cafes have to boil water to feed customers.

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  • Written by By REBECCA SANTANA and KEVIN MCGILL, Associated Press