Morning briefing, International

by Joshua J. McElwee

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Welcome back to your weekly international edition of the daily briefing, where we highlight a little of what's going on around the world.

First, from NCR yesterday:

Exclusive: Survivor explains decision to leave Vatican's abuse commission

Lone survivor on Vatican abuse commission resigns in frustration

Vatican abuse commission expresses frustration to Australian Royal Commission

And from Global Sisters Report:

Welcoming Syrian refugees leads to cross-cultural friendships for Ontario communities

From the British Isles:

Britain's PM May and Germany's Chancellor Merkel: splitting differences

UK government defeated over EU citizens’ rights after Brexit

PM May plans to trigger Brexit in two weeks despite defeat over rights of EU citizens

Scottish leader Sturgeon: new vote on independence likely if Scots get no EU deal

French presidential election:

Presidential candidate Fillon, under formal investigation, says won’t quit

Beleaguered Fillon fights for political life

Parts far and wide:

N. Korea: Heart attack, not nerve agent, killed Kim Jong Nam                 

Sweden brings back military conscription amid Baltic tensions

Philippines demands proof for rights group's assertion of police 'executions'                      

From Italy with love:

Ex-CIA agent freed in Portugal after Italy drops extradition

Does ex-PM Matteo Renzi have what it takes to stage a comeback?

Italy’s Etna Volcano Throws Lava Bombs in Its First Big Eruption of 2017

And, to the disappointment of many, Starbucks To Open In Italy, Home Of Espresso, In 2018

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[Joshua J. McElwee is NCR Vatican correspondent. His email address is Follow him on Twitter: @joshjmac.]

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