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AUSTRALIA

Court dismisses cardinal’s convictions

CANBERRA — Australia’s highest court on Tuesday unanimously dismissed the convictions of the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

Cardinal George Pell soon will be released from Barwon Prison outside Melbourne after serving 13 months of a six-year sentence.

Pope Francis’ former finance minister was convicted by a Victoria state jury in 2018 of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in a back room of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in December 1996 while he was archbishop of Australia’s second-largest city.

SLOVAKIA

Defendant in slaying sentenced

BRATISLAVA — A Slovakian court on Monday sentenced a former soldier to 23 years in prison for the alleged contract killings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, a case that triggered a political crisis and brought down the country’s government.

The court in the town of Pezinok, north of the capital Bratislava, convicted Miroslav Marcek over the fatal shootings of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova in February 2018. Marcek had pleaded guilty in January.

AUSTRALIA

Shark kills wildlife worker

BRISBANE — A shark fatally mauled a young Australian wildlife worker on the Great Barrier Reef, officials said Tuesday.

Queensland state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the 23-year-old victim worked for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

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