Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pope Likens Abortion to Nazi Eugenics

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pope Likens Abortion to Nazi Eugenics

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VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis denounced abortion Saturday as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

The pope spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart about families and the trials they undergo. He lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others resort to pre-natal testing to see if their baby has any malformations or genetic problems.

"The first proposal in such a case is, 'Do we get rid of it?'" Pope Francis said. "The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent."

Japan for denuclearization

TOKYO - Regarding the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, agreed to at the U.S.-North Korea summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that the government would help bear the expense related to the denuclearization, but pointed out that the process requires verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

But regarding the issue of giving economic assistance to North Korea, he said, "Unless the abduction issue is resolved, Japan will not provide economic assistance."

Chinese claims on Taiwan

BEIJING - A demand by China that all air carriers worldwide refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau on online maps and drop-down menus as Chinese territories - not as independent regions - is being ignored by the U.S.'s biggest airlines.

The order from Beijing came in May, and dozens of foreign-based carriers have already fallen in line. The Associated Press confirmed that 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, were referring to Taiwan as a part of China on their global websites.Among those carriers that continue to include the name "Taiwan" on their maps or list of destinations are American, Delta, United and Hawaiian Airlines. …

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