OPEC said in Vienna on Wednesday it would keep pumping oil at current levels to ensure adequate supplies as extremists target oil facilities from the Middle East to Nigeria and a confrontation escalates over Iran’s suspect nuclear program. The president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said the output quota would remain untouched at 28 million barrels a day, but that the 11-nation cartel would keep close tabs on the situation in the period when demand traditionally eases between now and summer.
Ireland: Report on abuses by priests
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, rocked for a decade by sex scandals, on Wednesday made its biggest admission yet: 102 of its Dublin priests past and present, or 3.6 percent of the total, are suspected of abusing children. The disclosure comes a week before the government convenes a probe into how church and state authorities conspired, by negligence and by design, to cover up decades of child abuse within the Dublin priesthood. Wednesday’s report said Dublin church officials had positively identified at least 350 abuse victims.
From Herald news services