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Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany.

Pope Francis leaves Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on Jan. 12, 2022. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP)

Islamic State gunmen mount deadly attacks in Syria, Iraq; dozens killed

The Islamic State group unleashed its biggest attack in Syria since the fall of its 'caliphate' three years ago. More than 100 militants assaulted the main prison holding suspected extremists, sparking a battle with U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that continued 24 hours later and left dozens dead on Friday.

An Iraqi army soldier walks by deserted ruins in Sinjar, Iraq. on Dec. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Samya Kullab)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)