Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Fourth Newswatch-

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(Khadr-Bail)(Audio:53)

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr is expecting to learn today if his bail conditions might be relaxed.

An Edmonton judge will rule on the Toronto native's request for his bail restrictions to be eased while he awaits an appeal of his war-crime conviction by a U-S military commission.

The conviction and appeal request stem from a deadly grenade attack on a U-S soldier in Afghanistan in 2002, when Khadr was 15.

After an eventual Supreme Court ruling that his rights were violated while in U-S captivity he was transferred and has been on bail since mid-2015.

But his lawyer argues the life of his now 32-year-old client remains restricted by a stalled American court process and Khadr is asking for looser bail conditions, including a passport. (4)

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(REL-Vatican-Sex-Abuse)

The head of the Catholic Church is vowing that the church will "never again" cover up cases of clergy sex abuse.

Pope Francis today dedicated his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to abuse.

He urged all victims to come forward, and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in.

The move suggests that a year of devastating revelations dating back decades has shaken his papacy and caused a crisis of confidence in the Catholic hierarchy. (4)

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(US-Train-Strikes-Officers-Funerals)

Thousands of police officers will pay their final respects to two Chicago officers who were struck and killed by a commuter train Monday night.

The first funeral will be for officer Conrad Gary this morning at a Catholic church -- and late Saturday morning, officers will gather there again for the funeral of officer Eduardo Marmolejo.

Both died when they were struck by a train on Chicago's South Side as they were investigating a report of gunfire in the area.

Investigators think the men may not have seen or heard the train because they were watching another train coming from the opposite direction. …

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