Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Husband of Woman Whose Slaying Inspired Marches Confesses

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Husband of Woman Whose Slaying Inspired Marches Confesses

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Pope to launch sex crimes inquiry of Chile's bishop

After coming under excoriating criticism, Pope Francis decided Tuesday to send the Vatican's most respected sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate a bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile priest.

The Vatican said Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna would travel to Chile "to listen to those who have expressed the desire to provide elements" about the case of Bishop Juan Barros.

The move marks the first known time the Vatican has launched a full-blown investigation into allegations of sex abuse cover-up, and it comes after Francis was criticized by the media, survivors of abuse, fellow Jesuits and top advisers for his defense of Barros.

Barros was a protege of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, a charismatic and politically powerful priest who was sanctioned by the Vatican for sexually abusing minors in 2011.

Husband admits he 'accidentally' strangled wife * The husband of a woman who was found burned and strangled near her usual jogging route in eastern France has confessed to killing her accidentally, a defense lawyer says.

Attorney Randall Schwerdorffer told reporters Tuesday that Jonathann Daval, 34, "caused the death" of Alexia Daval, 29, in October.

Schwerdorffer says his client told police he strangled his wife "accidentally" after a dispute.

Daval reported her missing on Oct. 28. Her body was found two days later. The killing prompted marches in Alexia Daval's honor.

Key groups agree to write Syrian Constitution * A Russia-hosted Syrian peace conference ended Tuesday with a plan to draft a new constitution as part of efforts to end the nearly seven-year civil war, but key opposition and rebel groups boycotted the gathering and it remained unclear if they would join the process.

The event was overshadowed by renewed fighting in northern Syria. Opposition activists reported more airstrikes on the rebel-held Idlib province, where dozens have been killed in government air raids this week, and Turkish troops continued their offensive on the Afrin enclave.

More police ordered for Mexican tourist cities * Mexican officials said Tuesday they are dispatching 5,000 additional federal police officers to several tourist cities after a series of violent incidents, including a lengthy shootout that rattled the Baja California resort city of La Paz. …

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